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Getting the maximum out of life for Max

Max will soon be heading to New Hampshire with his adoptive parents. Photos submitted.

Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter’s (FoCCAS) foster puppy Max has had more than his fair share of bumps in the road. Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Max will soon go to his adoptive parents in New Hampshire where he will enjoy a full and pain-free life. The FoCCAS Acute Care Fund, made possible by Lil BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA contributed to his many medical costs. Laura Clark, FoCCAS Vice President of Shelter Relations wrote the grant specifically to help special animals in need. She said “Leveraging the funding available from generous organizations such as the ASPCA not only allows FoCCAS to increase the number of animals we can help but also to improve the care those animals receive until they are in their forever homes. FoCCAS is pleased to receive this grant to help with medical costs that are out of the ordinary.”
FoCCAS works with many rescue programs across the United States and sends homeless animals from Colleton County to happy forever homes. This process often involves providing vaccines, wormer, and spay/neuter surgeries before the animals can be transported. In some cases, however, an acute or serious, issue arises that requires emergency vet visits or surgery. This was the case with Max, a beautiful lab mix with a great personality.
Max and his brother, Hunter, came to the shelter as strays. Both were to go to New Hampshire on a rescue transport in December. As it turns out, Max had a bad reaction to a vaccine and missed his ride up north. While staying with a foster family, Max was then hit by a truck. After an emergency vet visit, Max hobbled around in a cast for 6 weeks. When he was not healing properly, a new x-ray revealed that his hip opposite of the broken leg had a fracture as well. Surgery was recommended. After consulting with many vets from around the state, Max had femoral head osteotomy surgery to repair his hip. Max is now up, running around, and enjoying life.
Max’s vet bills, which amounted to more than $2,560, would have been a strain on FoCCAS’s finances, but with the help of Lil BUB’s Fund and donations to Max’s care through Facebook, most of Max’s vet bills have been covered. Special grants and specific funding for acute animal care makes it possible for FoCCAS to save wonderful animals like Max whose misfortunes can be overcome.
In the first four months of 2016, more than 236 animals from the Colleton County Animal Shelter were sent to rescues across the United States to find forever homes. Saving these animals would not be possible without many volunteers willing to foster and transport. If you are interested in helping the animals of Colleton County, please email [email protected]

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