Recently, the ASPCA of New York City reached out to Sedona Shepherd for help with a stunningly handsome German Shepherd. On a cold January morning, Maxwell was confiscated by the New York City Police Department from a home that had left him chained outside with no food, no water and no shelter from the cold weather. Most of Maxwell's skin was covered with open sores that at first glance looked like burns. It was clear that he was in pain. He developed a resistant infection and spent many weeks in quarantine, while the veterinary staff at the ASPCA of New York City treated his wounds and worked diligently at lifting his spirits.
Once Maxwell had settled in, the staff realized that as soon as he was given a squeaky ball his personality came shining through. From then on, anytime he needed a medicated bath or vet attention, his squeaky ball kept him busy and amused. Over the next 3 months, Maxwell’s physical and mental transformation was truly inspiring to the staff at ASPCA of New York City. The dog whose appearance brought looks of grave concern and sadness now drew compliments from everyone he strutted passed while out on his walks in New York City.
In mid-May Maxwell was transferred to Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary, where his picture and story inspired much interest and plenty of applications. A few days before Maxwell was to be adopted, he developed the life-threatening condition called bloat, where his stomach became twisted. If not addressed immediately by surgery, Maxwell would have died within the next 12 hours. Sedona immediately took action to save Maxwell. During the surgery, performed at Crown Veterinary Hospital, a blood clot was found near his spleen and the surgeons also had to remove his spleen.
Maxwell’s surgery was successful, but the same day his adopter had a serious back injury and was not able to adopt Maxwell. His back-up adopter was away on vacation. Luckily, one of our foster mom’s, who is a retired nurse, could take Maxwell in for a week to help him recover. Maxwell’s journey continued to his new home, who will be fostering him while we continue his post-operative care and then he will become a permanent member of his new and forever family.
Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary is dedicated to saving adult and senior German Shepherds. Often it is the older dogs, who have spent their best days faithfully being a companion, a friend, and a protector that are abandoned, neglected, or dropped off at a shelter to spend their last days in an unfamiliar and unsettling environment. Just like Maxwell. Sedona steps in and gives them another chance, another journey to a happy life in a new home regardless of their medical condition. With Sedona there is always hope but the funds are not always readily available so Sedona sometimes needs to turn to our friends and followers for help. Please help support Maxwell and Sedona by donating today. If you are unable to donate, please share Maxwell’s story. You never know who may read it.