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Pet Specialists of Monterey

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation

Co-founders, Dyana Klein and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin lost their beloved miniature pinscher, Maximillian in May of 2016. Max brought joy, love, and friendship to their lives for over 14 years.

As they began to cope and grieve the loss of Maximillian, they came to the realization that they truly did all that was medically possible for him. The situation shined light on a missing resource in the community that not all pet owners are as fortunate. Financial circumstances should never decide a pet’s fate. They, with the support of Pet Specialists of Monterey’s Dr. Greg Marsolais, created a foundation to serve as a financial lifeline for those trying to save their pets. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation came to life with Pet Specialists of Monterey as the Founding Veterinary Partner Practice.

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works closely with Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to patients in need of emergency care, diagnostics, or stabilization. They aim to reduce economic euthanasia, surrender, and suffering of severely ill or injured pets. As a pet owner, your treating veterinary practice must initiate your grant application in order to be considered for financial assistance.

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Help us keep pets healthy, happy, and home. Any veterinary practice can be a partner with Max’s Helping Paws Foundation. We encourage you to check out their website for more information: If you are coping with the loss of your pet, we want you to know you are not alone and encourage you to join Max’s Healing Hearts Community or read further about coping on our page: Coping with Loss.