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Max's Helping Paws Foundation


Max's Helping Paws reduces surrender, suffering & euthanasia by serving as a financial lifeline for responsible Monterey County pet families with a pet in a health crisis.

The Big Idea

Max’s Helping Paws provides financial assistance to families with a pet in a health crisis, with particular focus on acute care, urgent diagnostics and stabilization. The expense of continued care is insurmountable for many, resulting in “economic euthanasia,” or decreased quality of life due to rationing of follow-up exams, treatments and medications. Max’s Helping Paws is launching a new program that will offer financial assistance to families managing a pet with chronic, longer-term illnesses such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic heart or kidney failure, endocrine disease and chronic pain. This pioneering new initiative builds on their success of having already extended and improved the lives of more than 150 local pets.

We were on one income because we couldn’t afford child care. Leo needed to have surgery to fix a urinary obstruction. There were three or four days we were accepting that we were going to have to surrender him. It came down to affordability, and not having thousands of dollars lying around. Then I received a message that you found a vet, and Leo was going to get help. That was the first time I sobbed because I was happy. Max’s Helping Paws unbroke all three of my kids’ hearts, and for that I am forever grateful.

- Naomi Bayless

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

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The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.