‘Petacular’ helps animals in need

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Max will be among the guests at the Tinsel & Tails Petacular which benefits the Hamilton County Humane Society. (Submitted photo)

Max will be among the guests at the Tinsel & Tails Petacular which benefits the Hamilton County Humane Society. (Submitted photo)

By Terri Spilman

Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” never met Max, a 10-year-old black Labrador retriever plagued with health issues.

Max was surrendered by his family and is now thriving thanks to a new family and services provided by the Humane Society of Hamilton County.

Max’s story is among the many touching adoption stories and tales of survival that will be shared at the Humane Society’s eighth annual Tinsel & Tails Holiday Petacular fundraising event to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

Julie St. James and her husband said they have a soft spot for adopting senior dogs as they are often passed over in shelters for cuter, younger dogs.

“Max is the fourth senior dog we’ve adopted from the Humane Society. In general, we’ve found older dogs are much faster to adapt to the household routine, are less demanding and have fewer behavioral issues,” Julie said.

Max had several medical issues – dry eyes, an ear infection and several malignant tumors. He was 40 pounds overweight and could barely walk across a room when he was surrendered to the Humane Society.

The organization paid for all of Max’s medications and procedures during the fostering process, including the removal of several malignant tumors.

“Whether he’s running to the car for the next adventure or snoring loudly at my feet while I work, he reminds me every day that life should be lived with gusto and joy regardless of age,” Julie said.

Tinsel & Tails is open to the public and includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and dinner followed by a chance to meet the cats and dogs featured in the survival tales.

For more information visit www.TinselandTails.com.

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