Denver >Animal Organizations > Maxfund
1025 Galapago St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020439.732454 -104.996755
Neighborhoods: Southwest Denver, Lincoln Park
If there was a way to post no stars I most certainly would. My family went through the most tedious application process to apply for a dog that my son had fallen in love with. I thought it was a great idea at the time to go through with this process except it turned out to be horrendous. First the lady called me and told me she could only get ahold of one of my contacts (only calling them once.) So I said ok...and I went to all my contacts personally and had them call them back. We waited four days to hear back from them and finially got a phone call. The lady talked to my husband and said she couldn't accept my application because one of our contacts couldn't speak english...which was a bunch of bull crap because I sat right next to him when he was talking to her!!! (Mind you I don't speak espanol at all and I understood him just fine.) So as a result, I called them back and asked for answers as to why we were denied the dog all because supposedly one of our contacts couldn't speak proper english...and the lady called my husband a liar...then called me a liar...and proceeded to hang up on me....By the way this was way after the fact that she had already admitted that one of her employees was saying racial crap like this and was in the process to be fired....yet she is calling me a liar...funny. No thank you....unfortunantly I had to break my 7 year olds heart all because some racist lady...Nice way to go...and of course I will never go back to this business...horrible...just horrible. They should be sooo ashamed of themselves!
Most Radical Rescue EVER!!! – I came here with a friend who was looking for another dog and was astonished at the experience. After walking three dogs my friend liked, he put in an adoption application for his first choice. (FYI: My friend has two dogs, one 11yrs, the other 3yrs, so he was looking for a playmate for the younger one so she would leave senior alone a bit. This was told to two volunteer members AND the adoption counselor) After filling out the application and explaining why he wanted a third dog, the staff promptly asked to see his vehicle to ensure he could fit three large dogs in his car(Pry much??). After seeing his vehicle(a 2007 PT Cruiser) they immediately asked him if he was financially ready for another dog(As if to say his car wasn't good enough?). He responded with a yes, (as he makes over 70k a year) but they insisted on seeing his PAYSTUB!! Are you kidding me?! How invasive and out of line, in my opinion. He showed him his paystub and explained to them that he lives on 2 acres of land in a beautiful area(Highlands Ranch) and we were on our way. An hour later we got a call that he was denied due to already having "too many dogs to care for". This is someone with 20 years experience owning, training and caring for dogs, someone who has two very well adjusted rescues and has plenty of finances to cover care for a third dog. All in all, they drilled him for PERSONAL information and then were completely insulting, saying "You couldn't fit three large dogs in that car!" and insinuating that he wasn't financially stable because of the type of vehicle he drives. Plus, when he said he used Banfield as his vet, the "adoption counselor" smirked at him and rolled her eyes, saying "Bandfield, huh?? Why Banfield??" These people are biast and insulting and in my opinion are completely unfit to run a shelter. Some of their dogs have been there for over a year!!! They seem to think they will provide a better life for their animals in a shelter environment than most adopters could in their HOMES. Guess what? No kill or not, it is still a SHELTER and finding good homes should be #1, not drilling people for information, searching for any reason they see fit to deny people. I have been here with friends before and seen this type of thing happen before, it's too bad the dogs have to suffer for their almost possessiveness over the animals in their care. Why adopt out at all if you think you're so much better fit to provide care to the animals?? Just call yourselves a sanctuary and stop adopting out!
BE CAREFUL!!! – I recently adopted a dog from Maxfund. I am very disappointed in the experience and I will never recommended that someone else go there to rescue an animal!!!
First, the application process is so extensive that the animal you are trying to adopt will likely sit in a cage for several days (ours took a week) while they "process" your application. Depending on your philosophy this could be a problem for you. It certainly bothered me. They called my references, but only once. They did not return calls to the references and did not answer the phone for the references to call back. All of my references reported having to call back multiple times to get someone on the phone.
Second, we did end up adopting a dog, but not our first choice. Why? because the dog we wanted to adopt was a breed that is known to have issues with children. Although I disagree with breed stereotyping, I can respect their reasons for denying us. However, the folks at Maxfund thought our second choice would be a great fit for a family because he is "great with dogs and kids." and we have three children. We were approved for him and happily brought him home.
On the day we adopted him there was a red flag - as they were going through the paperwork with us the woman doing so said,"Hmm his previous shelter thinks he was beaten, but we have seen no sign of that here." I should have asked more questions, but everyone was extremely positive about our decision and I let is pass since she said they had seen no sign of this themselves.
Fast forward a week and we are taking the dog to his first vet visit and going through his paperwork. The first thing I noticed was that this dog is listed as a pitbull mix. As I mentioned, I don't agree with breed stereotyping so this didn't bother me, but I do wonder why we would be denied one dog on the basis of breed, but given another dog with such a "dangerous reputation." The second thing I noticed was that he wasn't just beaten, but specifically "abused by small children." Great, so now we have a pitbull in our home who was abused by small children.
My youngest son is four. We have a joint custody arrangement, but with these red flags we did not feel we could trust the dog would react well to the return of the kids, no matter how he behaved in the shelter. We were right to trust our instincts. After a consultation with a professional trainer it was suggested that we keep the dog on a leash around the four year old and make sure they meet on neutral territory, as well as some other things we are implementing. My son did not even have to approach the dog directly, as soon as he got on the same side of the street the dog freaked out and tried to attack.
We are doing the things the trainer is telling us, and we are willing to work with the dog as long as our children can be safe. But, it is not a minor oversight to place a dog with a history of being abused by small children in a home with a toddler. This is a ticking time bomb and is dangerous to our kids and unfair to the dog. For a shelter to deny us based on a breed and then place a dog with a traumatic history with children in our home is beyond negligent. It is simply unacceptable.
Be very careful if you want to adopt from these guys because you will not get the full story on the animal. No animal shelter can guarantee how an animal will behave when it is out of a shelter environment, but they can and should take it's history into account.
Oh, and by the way, if you've ever relinquished a pet to a shelter you will be denied by these guys. It doesn't matter the reason.
Bad – Easily the rudest, most disorganized animal shelter I ever visited.
They let my wife and I walk a dog unsupervised & without signing in. It turned out it was already adopted. Good thing we're honest people, we could have just loaded her in the car & driven away.
A friend of mine lost his dog and was treated like a criminal while retrieving it. I emailed them to let them know of my problems and received a week's worth of rambling, incoherent, harassing responses from someone their who wouldn't name themselves. There are better shelters out there.
best decision i made – I got my beautiful akita at maxfund and i am so glad I did. He was on death row at another shelter and thank god he ended up at maxfund. They made the adoption so easy and fulfilling. He is a wonderful dog and I am so thankful to this wonderful shelter.
Very little trust on their part. – My wife and I are new dog owners (through Retriever Rescue of Colorado) and had originally decided to go to Max Fund since the dogs were well cared for. We were all set to adopt a beautiful dog, when we got the news we were rejected. We were surprised, since upon choosing the dog, the initial reading on our part was that we were accepted. Curious as to why, we went back to the shelter to ask why two responsible and loving dog lovers would be denied. On our application, we said the dog would have its own dedicated dog run apart from a big back yard, and when one of us was home the dog would be allowed to go in and out of the house. We failed to mention on the application that when we were gone for 6 hours out of the day, we would keep the dog inside. Since we didn't specify this on the application, the lady in charge of the adoption process said that we were backtracking on our statement and interpreted our statement of the dog's freedom to move in and out of the house when we were home to extend to the time we are not home.
She called the dog run a "cage." even though it is there to prevent runaways. When I mentioned we had a big back yard (something else we did not put on the application since it was not asked) she looked at me like I was lying to her. Later, she accused us of harboring a negligent philosophy towards dogs, what she called the "old philosophy of letting dogs roam free and giving them little attention." This was very upsetting, since she not only tagged us with a philosophy that we don't share, but also insinuated that all the dogs my parents owned must have not been loved or cared for appropriately since they were allowed outside the house. Rather than taking the opportunity to get to know us in person, the adoption lady instead chose to take a paper application as 'gospel" and questioned every statement we made. We hope our could have been dog finds a home and are saddened that the shelter refused the opportunity to get to know us and trust us.
adopted a needy friend – I am so happy with my new adoption from Maxfund. They were a little picky, but I appreciate that and finally I got a cute shelty mix. I love the fact that I have saved this little being and I will give him the best home in the world. Thanks Maxfund!
Please adopt – Maxfund does such a wonderful service in Denver. I got one of our dogs from Maxfund and will always give them money. They are a true no-kill shelter, unlike dumb friends and others. They truly care about the dogs and cats, and you can really tell. When we got Winnie, they were so kind and I could tell they had taken good care of her. They were concerned that we fed her healthy food and they gave us a coupon for a free bath at a local groomer. Please consider Maxfund if you are looking for a friend.
A fun place to volunteer if you like walking dogs, or hanging out with cats. – The dogs love the exercise, and the cats appreciate the attention (although they may not admit it!). And by by giving an amimal some much-needed time with a human, you will increase its chances of quickly being adopted into a loving home.
glad to hear it – I just read the first review for maxfund and I have to say I am glad they won't adopt kittes to irresponsible people who let them out. I don't care if they were once wild, they are domisticated now and it is our responsiblity to keep them out of the way of cars and out of the mouths of fox and coyotes!
Good for you maxfund!
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