Monterey, CA, March 27, 2020 - Though we’re all required to stay home, and activity has all but disappeared, community spirit and support has shown no signs of slowing down. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation would like all of its friends and neighbors to know that — given Monterey County families and their pets need help during these trying times — the nonprofit continues in its ongoing mission to help pay for necessary treatments for pets in crisis.
“Max’s Helping Paws will continue to serve pet owners facing extreme financial hardship with a pet in a health crisis in this community, just as we always have,” said founder Dyana Klein, who co-founded Max’s Helping Paws with her husband, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, a veterinary internist following the death of her 14-year-old Miniature Pinscher Max.
Toward that end, the nonprofit has created “Chestnut’s Crisis Fund” to help pet owners experiencing severe and immediate personal financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will run in tandem with the foundation’s regular financial support program, which remains unchanged. “We believe that, because of loss of employment, virtually overnight the pool of community members who will be in need of financial assistance to help keep their companion pet from suffering has multiplied,” Klein said. “This provides an additional resource to help those who, just a few short days ago, might not have needed support, but suddenly must decide between getting essential treatment for their pet or feeding their family.”
Under the Chestnut’s Fund program, Max’s will pay up to 75 percent up to a maximum of $2,500 for those impacted financially by COVID-19. The fund will operate as funds are available, during a critical time when businesses are shut down and jobs are lost. As with all MHPF programs, pet owners must apply through their treating veterinary practice.
During this time, Max’s also wants to shine a light on its veterinary partners, key components in the process. Still open for business during COVID-19 these practices stand ready to treat pets during this crisis. Many have special protocols in place regarding client interaction, pet care, sanitation and payment options. A complete list of Max’s veterinary partners, including contact information, hours and restrictions in treatments can be found HERE.
Believing financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate, Max’s relies on the generosity of the community to fund its mission. Donations are accepted through the nonprofit’s website www.maxshelpingpaws.org.
About Max’s Helping Paws
Financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate. Because of that, Max’s Helping Paws Foundation reduces economic euthanasia, surrender and suffering of severely ill or injured pets by providing pet owners assistance with the costs of urgent medical care. Through the years the foundation has assisted more than 200 Monterey County families in financial hardship by approving more than $170,000 in treatments for pets in crisis.
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