Continuing a more than two-decade tradition, MaxFund’s 22nd Annual Chili Cookoff is happening on Sunday, March 20, 2016, 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!

To enter a chili, please register at Blacktie Colorado here. The registration fee is $30 per chili. If you'd like to be a taster/voter, please register here; the fee is $10/$5 for children ($15 at the door on the day of the event).

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 for tasters 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 20!

Many thanks to Noel Hickey, Proprietor of the Celtic Tavern, for hosting the event and gracing us with his Irish hospitality over many years, and for being a great friend to MaxFund! And special thanks Odell Brewing Company for being our event sponsor!



We've created new pages for our special needs dogs and cats! You can view them here and here.

"Special needs" dogs and cats may have medical issues that require special attention, like administering medicine. They may need a special diet. They may have physical infirmities, like vision impairments. They may just be elderly or, in the case of some cats, they may be shy due to a lack of early socialization. All need loving homes, though! Some are in foster homes and are seeking loving forever homes; others are seeking foster or forever homes.

Oftentimes, an animal's "special needs" are not all that daunting, so please don't be deterred by the terminology! Contact the MaxFund office, and we'll be happy to let you know what the scope of their needs is. For those dogs and cats needing foster homes, medical care, medications, and prescription diet food will be provided by the MaxFund Wellness Center.

If you're interested in fostering, please view our fostering page. You can download the fostering application there, too!


November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" month! What better way to celebrate November than by coming to MaxFund and adopting a senior dog or cat?

You might wonder, "Why should I adopt an older dog or cat when there are always puppies and kittens available?" Well, it turns out there are LOTS of great reasons to adopt a senior pet! Dr. Karen Becker gives you a dozen reasons in this article, "12 Reasons to Adopt the Least Adoptable Shelter Pet."

In MaxFund's experience, with an older pet, "what you see is what you get." You don't need to worry about what size they'll be, or what temperament they'll grow up to have. While there are certainly joys involved in raising a puppy or kitten, there are also lots of trials and tribulations! With an older pet, you won't have to live through things like "the chewing everything in sight" phase or the "climbing to the top of everything in the house" phase! And, of course, you'll be giving the gift of safe, happy, and secure "golden years" to a very deserving dog or cat, who will repay you a thousand times over with love and loyalty.

If you're planning to adopt a pet this fall or winter, please come to MaxFund and meet our wonderful senior dogs and cats, and pick your perfect pet!