Max the Maine coon cat lost one of his 9 lives; now he’s ready to find a lov­ing home

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY SARAH LINN

Max is a 5-year-old Maine coon cat who, last Septem­ber, lost one of his nine lives.

He didn’t lose the other eight lives be­cause a good Sa­mar­i­tan found him in a cul­vert — un­der­weight and in need of med­i­cal care — on High­way 1 near Cuesta Col­lege. From his con­di­tion, it was clear his life hadn’t been an easy one, yet his com­fort with the peo­ple who found him made it clear he wasn’t a feral cat.

Af­ter be­ing brought to the shel­ter, X-rays showed his fe­mur was bro­ken and had par­tially healed. An or­tho­pe­dic vet­eri­nar­ian eval­u­ated the X-ray and de­ter­mined, even though Max will al­ways have a limp, it was best to al­low the leg to heal as is.

The ma­jor­ity of the heal­ing process is now com­plete, and Max is ready to find a lov­ing, in­door-only home.

It’s im­pres­sive, given the hard times Max has en­dured, that he has an abid­ing ca­pac­ity to love. At the shel­ter he’s shown that he forms strong bonds with the peo­ple who re­spect his past trauma. Max is a smart boy who longs for hu­man com­pan­ion­ship — yet his trust must be earned be­fore he’ll give you his heart, so it’s likely he’s best suited for a gen­tle adopter with a calm house­hold.

Max was for­tu­nate to have only lost one life, now he needs a lov­ing adopter to help him start liv­ing again.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Max (ID No. 226820), call the vol­un­teer line at the An­i­mal Ser­vices shel­ter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slo­ aserv. The shel­ter is lo­cated at 885 Ok­la­homa Ave., off High­way 1, in San Luis Obispo.

The full-price adop­tion fee is $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a $28 county li­cense fee for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County res­i­dents.

The adop­tion fee in­cludes a new col­lar, a spay or neuter oper­a­tion, ba­sic vac­ci­na­tions, a mi­crochip and el­i­gi­bil­ity for a free vet­eri­nary check within San Luis Obispo County. Cats also are tested for fe­line leukemia virus (FeLV) and fe­line im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (FIV), and adopters re­ceive a car­rier.

If you have sto­ries of your pet, or pho­tos of your furry, feath­ered or scaly friend, send them to pet­tales@ thetri­bune­


Max, a Maine coon cat, is avail­able for adop­tion at the San Luis Obispo County An­i­mal Ser­vices shel­ter.

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