CHILI-HEADS! REGISTER NOW FOR OUR CHILI COOKOFF MARCH 20!!

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!

 

CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS AND CATS!

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!

MAXFUND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON!

Inquiring dogs and cats want to know...have you signed up for or renewed your MaxFund membership yet? We hope so, because this month is MaxFund's Membership Drive month! Just go to the MaxFund membership page to sign up or renew...it's easy! We'll send you our monthly newsletter, “PawPrints,” which will keep you up-to-date on the latest MaxFund news. You can also receive a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the MaxFund facilities during our Annual Christmas Open House. And, members at the Gold and Platinum levels receive a certificate for one free annual pet exam at MaxFund’s low cost veterinary clinic. So please support all present and future MaxFund dogs and cats by becoming a member today.

 

MaxFund Membership Levels:

$    15   Senior Citizen Level

$    25   Bronze/Individual Level

$    75   Silver/Family Level

$  250   Gold/VIP Level

$1000   Platinum/Corporate Level

 

THANK YOU, CFC DONORS!

MaxFund is a proud participant in the CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) campaign for charitable giving by federal employees, and we want to take a moment to say "THANK YOU" to everyone in the federal sector for your continued support!

Our CFC Charity Number is 36922.

MaxFund is proud to be a CFC charity that has been screened diligently by CFC volunteers for compliance with CFC's rigorous public accountability and other standards. You can be assured that every dollar donated to MaxFund is used wisely for the benefit of the dogs and cats who make their way to MaxFund! We're also a Charity Navigator 4-Star rated charity.

As a true no-kill animal shelter, we don't "pre-sort" animals into "adoptable" and "unadoptable" categories. We have found that there is a loving home for virtually EVERY homeless dog or cat. Our core mission is to take in injured strays, provide them the medical care they need, and find them great forever homes. As you can imagine, fulfilling this mission means that our medical costs greatly exceed those of most animal shelters. We could not help these deserving dogs and cats without YOUR help.

We take in animals from all over Colorado. When space allows, we take in transports from surrounding states as well. Our community services include a low-cost spay/neuter program that operates statewide, free adoptions for veterans, and low-income food and litter assistance. Often, animals are relinquished to us in a dire state: unvaccinated puppies with Parvo; newborn motherless kittens; dogs with a torn ACL; dogs and cats with out-of-control diabetes; dogs suffering from back leg paralysis; and the list goes on and on. We take in these animals as we are able, and give them a second chance at a healthy and happy future, thanks to generous community support.

Here are just some of the services that your dollars allow us to provide: 

$100 = Exam, neutering, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY male cats. 
$200 = Exam, spaying, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY female cats. 
$300 = Exam, neutering, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY male dogs.  
$400 = Exam, spaying, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY female dogs.  
$500 = Consult with cardiologist, blood work and echocardiogram for an animal with heart issues. 
$400-$600 = Internal medicine consult, testing, blood work and ultrasound. 
$1200-$1500 = Consult, cultures and x-rays at CSU (Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins) for cases that needed specialty consulting and care.   
$1495-$1550 = TPLO orthopedic surgery for a torn ACL.  
$1625 = A MONTH for needed diagnostics from the lab.   
$2000-$3900 = Parvo (life threatening virus) care for ONE puppy requiring hospitalization.

As the CFC campaign gets under way, please contact us if you'd like more information. Our people can come to your events, fairs, and other speaking opportunities to tell you more about MaxFund and to share with you some of the stories of the dogs and cats you've helped. Again, thank you for your support!