**** TO BE KILLED - 7/2/2018 ****
OF COURSE HE'S SAD. HE JUST LOST HIS FAMILY AND HIS HOME. But he's got a smile and an adorable mug that'll warm up the hardest of hearts. <3 A volunteer writes: The best advice is often, "live your life to the max!" But oh, I can do you one better. And that's sharing your life, filling your home and your heart, with a love that will never leave you. 4 year-old Max has all the signs of a life well-loved. A round, chocolate belly, a long tail, thin likely from years of happy wagging, and a few distinguished grey hairs scattered around his smile, maybe one for every person he loved. Unfortunately, while Max's smile is full and open, his heart today is anything but, having recently lost his family to relocation. And though he grins easily, leaning his full frame against my side, I have to think the former is largely due to the beating sun, and the latter to wanting human closeness, whoever that may be. Max is a very nice walker despite being a bigger boy, and appears to be housebroken, tending to business straight away. He wasn't much in the mood for snacks during our time together, but sat politely at my side under a spot of shade, and humored me in endless photos. Max is understandably not at his happiest these days, but behind that too-warm smile, I see the soul of a bright, cheerful boy. One who's ready for his next chapter, a few more grey hairs to dot his muzzle, and his chance to live life to the max. Max is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan ACC.
Hello, my name is Max
My animal id is #32634
I am a desexed male black dog at the
Manhattan Animal Care Center
The shelter thinks I am about 4 years old, 94 lbs
Came into shelter as owner surrender June 28, 2018
Reason Stated: MOVING
Max is rescue only
Max is noted by staff as being selective with handlers, growling and freezing when approached by unfamiliar people. We recommend Max be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. Medically, there are no concerns at this time.
My medical notes are...
Weight: 94.6 lbs
Vet Notes 28/06/2018
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 4yo
Microchip noted on Intake? neg
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History : o/s
Subjective: BAR, nervous, tense, but well behaved
Observed Behavior -
Evidence of Cruelty seen - n
Evidence of Trauma seen - n
P = wnl
R = wnl
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: muzzled
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: MN, tattoo
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: normal externally
Assessment overweight apparently healthy
Plan: ctm until transfer/adoption
Details on my behavior are...
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Max was loose bodied during intake but he started growling at me when I approached him he was loose bodied when he was the one approaching me. He allowed me to collar him and take his picture. He quickly jumped into the kennel when told to get in by his previous owner.
Date of intake:: 6/28/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 4 years)
Previously lived with:: Adults and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Usually friendly but with some men will back away and growl
Behavior toward dogs:: At times growled and snapped at the other dog in the home
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Max is described as excitable and playful with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 7/1/2018
Look:: 5. Dog freezes and/or growls or tries to bite.
Toy:: 1. No interest.
Summary:: Max approached the assessor with a soft body. When his face was touched to do look, he closed his mouth, froze, and hard stared at the assessor. For this reason, the rest of the handling portion of the assessment was not conducted.
Summary (1):: 6/29: When introduced off leash to a female greeter dog, Max is fearful and keeps only to himself or seeks handler attention.
Summary (2):: 6/30: Max greets calm dogs politely but avoids playful dogs, offering a growl when a playful dog continues to follow and solicit.
Date of intake:: 6/28/2018
Summary:: Max growled when approached but then softened and allowed handling.
Date of initial:: 6/28/2018
Summary:: Max was tense but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Max is described as having a high level of activity.We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to being reported to growl at certain people and due to growling and freezing up during handling at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, and the behavior displayed at the care center, the behavior department recommends Max be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Max to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Max to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Max presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Max is reported to sometimes growl at new men. At the care center, he has at times growled at people approaching him and frozen, hard staring, during handling. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Max to new and unfamiliar situations.
MAX IS RESCUE ONLY…..TO SAVE THIS PUP YOU MUST FILL OUT APPLICATIONS WITH AT LEAST 3 NEW HOPE RESCUES. PLEASE HURRY!!!
IF YOU CAN FOSTER OR ADOPT THIS PUP, PLEASE PM OUR PAGE FOR ASSISTANCE. WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH LINKS TO APPLICATIONS WITH NEW HOPE RESCUES WHO ARE CURRENTLY PULLING FROM THE NYC ACC.
PLEASE SHARE THIS DOG FOR A HOME TO SAVE HIS LIFE.