If spring is here, Lucky Mutt Strut can't be far behind! Please save the morning of June 6 for some fun and fundraising at Denver's Cheesman Park! Come with your dogs and kids for a 5k fun run and walk, and stay for more festivities! We're planning games for youngsters of all ages (furry and human!), food trucks, vendors, prizes, and more! More details soon, so please stay tuned!

Become a MaxFund Member!

Do you know that in less than 3 minutes you can give a cat or dog a second leash on life?

February is MaxFund’s Annual Membership and Sponsorship Drive month.  If you are already a member, we don’t want to lose you.  If you aren’t a member yet, then we want you to become one.

By becoming a member or sponsor, you can help provide medical, shelter and adoption care for our many cats and dogs.  And to thank you for your support, Maxfund will send you our monthly newsletter, Paw Prints to keep you up to date on our latest accomplishments.  In addition, you will receive a behind the scenes VIP tour of the MaxFund facilities during our Annual XMAS Open House.

2014 was a banner year for MaxFund.  We provided spay/neutering services for 1,842 dogs and cats through our low cost veterinary clinic, provided medical care for over 3,000 private pets and found forever homes for 1,189 dogs and cats.

Every animal that comes through our doors has its own unique story.  It is MaxFund’s goal to give a happy ending to each animals “tail”.  Just ask any of our 2014 alumni how MaxFund helped them!

Your membership or sponsorship donation can make a huge difference in the lives of so many dogs and cats.  Please support all present and future MaxFund dogs and cats by becoming a member or sponsor today.

MaxFund Membership Levels:

$   15   Senior Citizen Level

$   25   Bronze/Individual Level

$   75   Silver/Family Level

$ 250   Gold/VIP Level

$1000  Platinum/Corporate Level

All membership levels will receive MaxFund’s monthly newsletter and  a VIP behind the scenes tour of our facilities at our Annual Holiday Open House in December. In addition, Gold and Platinum members will receive a certificate for a free annual pet exam at the MaxFund Wellness Center, which provides affordable, quality veterinary care for pets!

Remember, memberships are tax-deductible, so please go here and check the "Membership" option.

Maxfund Sponsorship Levels:

$10,000 Sponsorship Level

Your name or the name of your business will appear in MaxFund’s monthly newsletter Paw Prints and on promotional materials for Lucky Mutt Strut (June event) and Puttin’ on the Max (November event).

$25,000 Sponsorship Level

Your name or the name of your business will appear in MaxFund’s monthly newsletter Paw Prints and on promotional materials for Lucky Mutt Strut (June event) and Puttin’ on the Max (November event).  In addition, you and 9 guests will have your own reserved table at Puttin’ on the Max being held at the Brown Palace Hotel in November.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact MaxFund at 720-266-6081.


WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Chili Judging/Tasting from 1pm to 3:30pm and Chili winners
announced at 4:00pm
WHERE: Celtic Tavern/Delaneys Bar in historic LoDo
1801 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202 | 303.308.1795

HOW MUCH: Tasters $15 at the door or pre-purchase tickets here for $10 before March 21 (children 12 years and younger are only $5); Chili Entrants $30.00 per chili; register here.
Continuing a two-decade tradition, MaxFund’s 21st Annual Chili Cookoff is happening on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at the Celtic Tavern/Delaney’s Bar in LoDo. We hope you’ll come out and support the event, either by entering your great chili in the Cookoff, or by being a chili taster! All proceeds will benefit the dogs and cats of MaxFund. Competition slots are still available!

Entering your chili is easy! First, register here and pay the $30 entry fee. Pick from green, red, white, vegetarian, or celebrity chef categories (celebrity chefs are limited to entrants who are TV personalities, radio personalities, or restaurant chefs, and may not enter in any other category).  Do you want to enter more than one chili? Sure! Just pay an additional registration fee for each chili you enter. Please keep in mind there are only 30 registration slots for chefs, so register now! Each registered taster gets to vote, so make sure all your friends and family register as tasters!

Bring your finished chili ready to heat and serve in a chafing dish or slow cooker (a chafing dish is preferred due due to limited electrical outlets). You can have up to two assistants to help you. (If your assistants want to be tasters, they will need to register as tasters.) Please arrive between 11:30 and noon to start setting up. If you want to provide decorations for your station, you are welcome to. Bring a ladle or two for serving. If there are “toppers” to fine-tune your chili to perfection (cheese, onions, croutons, crackers, sour cream, etc.), bring those in serving containers, too. You’ll want to prepare for 150 to 200 tasters, so it would be prudent to make at least 3-1/2 to 5 quarts of chili.

Each chef will be provided a station for his or her chili, including a table, chairs, tasting cups, tasting spoons, and signage. If you need electrical power, please bring your own power strip.

Prizes? Yes!  We have FABULOUS prizes this year, too…cash AND gift cards! We also have fun “door prizes” for the chili tasters this year, and a 50/50 raffle!

To register as a taster, please go here. The registration fee is $10 if you use this link, $15 at the door. 

The Chili Cookoff has been a fun and tasty way to support MaxFund for over two decades now. Please bring your chili and/or your appetite and join us on March 22!

Many thanks to Noel Hickey, Proprietor of the Celtic Tavern, for gracing our event with his Irish hospitality over many years, and for being a great friend to MaxFund!
For more information, please visit our Blacktie Colorado page here.


Shorty is a gorgeous Black Lab mix girl born in March, 2014. She arrived at MaxFund with a physique that is startling…shocking, really. Her rear half is twisted in a most improbable way, which makes standing and walking quite a challenge. But with your support for her Petcaring fundraiserwe know Shorty's body can be helped to keep up with her unstoppable personality! Her fundraiser ends soon, and we are SO close to her goal of raising $10,000 for her therapy. With your help, we can meet or beat that goal!
Shorty was relinquished to MaxFund on August 29, 2014.  As for her physical condition, we don't know what happened, when it happened, or how it happened: “She has always been like this,” is what we were told. 
Shorty’s x-rays are shocking. One vet we consulted described what she saw as “hemivertebrae (deformed spinal bones) on steroids with nuclear waste and zombie venom.”  There’s shock that she’s even alive, much less thriving. You hear moans, groans, and just disbelief in general. 
So can Shorty be “fixed”? Well, Shorty will be the first to point out she’s not “broken”! What she needs is your help to be the very best Shorty she can be. Professional physical therapy will allow her to build her strength, balance, and endurance. We have started working with the fine folks at CRCG Canine Rehabilitation Group, and have consulted with the professionals at Ortho Pets as well as CSU’s therapy group.
All this is very expensive, of course. But with your help, Shorty can get the therapy she needs. We've set up a fundraiser on with a goal of $10,000. This amount will allow her to get several months of intensive physical therapy at CRCG to strengthen her muscles and improve her mobility and balance. We plan to train volunteers to assist her with additional exercises, too.
So please help if you can; please click here for more information, photos and videos, and to donate! Checks are also welcome, and may be sent to: MaxFund, 720 W. 10th Ave., Denver, CO 80204, attn.: Help Shorty.
On behalf of Shorty, THANK YOU for your help. Shorty exemplifies MaxFund's mission, a mission we can't fulfill without your support.