$5,000 Vote Nominee – Denver’s MaxFund Gives Hope Back to Homeless Animals

Citywide Connect - Citywide BanksCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $5,000 Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place on Facebook from June 1-14, 2012. MaxFund is one of five nominated charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote. The general public is invited to participate in the vote. Voters can enter to win prizes in addition to helping raise awareness for their favorite Front Range charity.

Click for Voting Page on FacebookAlthough the official mission of MaxFund is about finding good homes, or original owners, for injured stray animals, it’s really all about “hope for animals,” says clinic director Heidi Hahn.

“We don’t presort due to medical condition or age,” says Hahn of Denver’s no-kill shelter, founded by Dr. Bill Suro and his wife Nanci. “We try to be the owners we want everyone else to be.  We truly go the distance with our animals. We make them well, and then go to work to find their ‘forever’ homes.”

The idea to create a shelter and clinic for the numerous injured animals with no owners began when a sweet  stray came into Dr. Suro’s veterinary clinic in 1989. He was pretty beat up and needed extensive orthopedic surgery.  Named Max by the staff, Suro and his wife, the clinic’s practice manager, were able to rally support among their staff, animal lover friends and clinic clientele to pay for Max’s surgery. 

Now the MaxFund organization is comprised of a low cost animal clinic, a dog shelter and a cat shelter. But they are more than that –they are truly the guardians of any dog or cat that enters their premises. If the animal needs services that they don’t provide, they will send that dog or cat to another clinic – and pay for their medical costs. Once at the shelter, that animal is there for life or until a good home is found.

Their clinic provides low cost services such as neuters and spays, preventative animal care (i.e. vaccinations, yearly exams, etc) and orthopedic surgeries to any pet owner. They won’t turn any dog or cat away (except aggressive ones for safety issues) and require that all pets are spayed or neutered before receiving services. “It’s not an elective surgery,” Hahn says. “It’s a must for humanity.”

They also offer pet adoption, foster care, training and hospice services. Additionally, they have an outreach trailer that travels between rural areas to offer neuter and spay services.

Since inception MaxFund has spayed or neutered 47,051 animals and found homes for 25,325.

A $5,000 donation would go to one, or more, of the animals in need of medical care. For example, it might go toward medication and care for Sniffer (pictured above), a diabetic cat living in the cat shelter, or Petey (pictured above), an 11-week old puppy that needs orthopedic surgery because of a broken femur.

For more information about MaxFund’s programs and ways to donate your time or money, or to adopt or foster a pet, please visit www.MaxFund.org.

Vote for MaxFund to Receive $5,000 Donation
Each quarter, Citywide Banks spotlights five Front Range charities to raise awareness about their great work, needs, and corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. During a 14-day vote on the bank’s Facebook Fan Page, customers and the local community will select the most deserving charity to Citywide Banks $5,000 Facebook Vote - Click Herereceive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. $500 and $250 runner-up donations will be awarded to the charities receiving the second and third most votes, respectively. The bank’s quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in the campaign. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get some valuable exposure.

Voters in Facebook Vote Eligible to Win Prizes
The public is invited to participate in the Charity Fan Vote at Facebook.com/citywidebanks from June 1-14, 2012. Voters will have the option to be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including Starbucks cards and a $100 dinner for two at Littleton’s Opus Restaurant, one of the area’s top picks by 5280 Magazine.

How to Vote for a Nominated Charity
Visit Citywide’s Facebook Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks anytime and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Then, from June 1-14, 2012, Fans will be eligible to cast their vote and be entered into the voter prize drawing. Look for the “Charity Fan Vote” link on the bank’s Facebook page. To access Citywide’s Facebook Page, you will need to make sure you are logged into your own Facebook account. If you don’t have one, it only takes minutes to set up a new account and it’s free. Please note that voting is not available through the Facebook mobile phone app.

Comments are closed.