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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is MaxFund? MaxFund is a non-profit organization that was established in May of 1988 to provide medical care for injured pets with no known owners, and to seek out new homes for these animals once they have recovered.


Often, good Samaritans hesitate to take injured animals to veterinarians for fear that they will have to pay large vet bills. City and county animal shelters don't have the facilities to provide an injured animal with the medical care it needs to recover. The shelters' only option is to put the animal down after waiting the 7-10 days required to allow the owner to claim the animal.

MaxFund provides emergency care and a home for injured animals until the owner is located or a suitable home is found. This service is provided, without cost, to the caring person who notifies the MaxFund.

What else is unique about MaxFund?

MaxFund is a true No Kill shelter. There is no pre-sorting of animals into "adoptable" and "non-adoptable" categories, discarding the so-called "unadoptable." The MaxFund takes every animal it has the space for. EVERY animal is kept until its owner is found or it is placed in a new adoptive home. The only reason for euthanasia is when it is in the humane interest of the animal. No animal is discarded to municipal shelters for them to be euthanized when the prescribed number of days run out. Because our animals usually start off with a medical bill and period of recovery and rehabilitation, and because we are a true No Kill shelter, our operating costs are much higher than other shelters.

We also provide:

  • Low-cost vaccinations, pet food, and spay/neuter clinics for pets of low income families.
  • Therapy Program which takes pets to visit senior centers, the VA Hospital and nursing homes.

Who manages MaxFund?

MaxFund has a board of directors, leaders in the community who volunteer their time to decide on projects and other business of the organization. The Director and a small staff coordinate a large body of volunteers and carry out the policies.

How is MaxFund supported?

MaxFund receives some much needed money from corporate and foundation grants. Our major funding for our outreach spay/neuter program comes from the The Soule Family Foundation and other organizations who want to stop the killing of animals because of overpopulation. For this we are very appreciative. BUT we have always, and always will, depend primarily on the generosity of individual people who care about animals who are in distress. We are very frugal and make a dollar go a long way. We have fund raising events like the Lucky Mutt Strut (walk/run) and Puttin' on the Max (dinner). Many people put us in their wills. The annual memberships are listed here, so join us in saving the animals. This is a good way to stand up for what you believe, and receive our monthly newsletter to keep up with what we are doing.

MaxFund Accomplishments

Since its inception in 1988, MaxFund has found adoptive homes for more than 31,000 animals. In addition, over 48,000 spays and neuters have been provided, mostly for pets of low income families. MaxFund participates in Mobile Spay/Neuter clinics in the San Luis Valley. Joe Presti is the coordinator, and he is joined by three veterinarians including Dr. Ed Umlaur and numerous volunteers who offer low or no-cost spay and neuter procedures for the pets of low income families.

MaxFund Mission

MaxFund is a nonprofit organization established to provide medical care for injured pets with no known owners and to find new homes for these animals once they have recovered. Further, MaxFund is committed to the following goals:

  • Develop and implement educational programs pertaining to animal care, with emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering.
  • Disseminate information on spay/neuter facilities, and on a periodic basis conduct a spay/neuter clinic for pets of low income families.
  • Be a voice for the animals on issues of animal welfare.
  • Cooperate with other animal facilities/shelters in accomplishing these goals.