Max is an incredibly unique puppy who has managed to skirt death on more than one occasion.
Towards the end of last year, when the rescue agency, Animals Against The Odds Rescue and Rehab., stumbled across Max's mom, who was chained outside in the snow, in Holbrook, Pa.
The pregnant dog was chained and soon to give birth; there was no straw or bedding which would have protected the soon-to-be mom and her puppies from perishing in the frigid temperatures.
The rescue agency took the pregnant dog in and 12 short hours later, she gave birth; Max was one of her fortunate puppies.
Despite the intervention, Max's mother perished as a result of her life of neglect, and only five of her puppies survived. The tiny pups had a difficult start to life, but eventually, they grew strong enough to leave for a foster home.
Tragedy struck again - according to the rescue agency, Max and his siblings were stolen.
Fast forward to October of this year. Max was surrendered to a shelter in Pennsylvania, where, if not for a microchip, his life may have ended once again.
The information on the microchip led the shelter to Animals Against the Odds.
What should have been a joyous reunion was marred by Max's sad state of health. The pup was suffering from an ear infection, skin infection, flea and parasite infestation and a bad case of kennel cough, which quickly developed into severe pneumonia.
Max was rushed to the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center where he was placed into intensive care.
Max was provided with IV fluids, antibiotics and attached to oxygen tubes - several nights in intensive care quickly racked up thousands in veterinary bills.
The rescue stated:
Although Max does have a long, and expensive road to recovery, we will do whatever it takes to finally get this sweet boy the healthy, happy ending he deserves! Unless or until we can pay of Max's huge unexpected E/R bills, we can't Rescue any more animals! We have to get him healthy first.
Anyone hoping to help Max on his latest battle to survive can do so by making a donation:
Call the vet clinic directly at: PVSEC 412-366-3400
Or: mail a check to AATO, PO Box #97890, Pittsburgh, PA 15227
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