This gorgeous dog has been adopted into a rural home where he is absolutely adored. When they discovered that they were successful in their application there were tears of joy all around. We are regularly updated on Max's exploits and couldn't be happier for him.

Many thanks to everyone who applied to adopt Max or assisted with his recovery. With such a pool of wonderful people, it was very difficult to choose the home that would best suit his needs and personality. However, we believe we found the perfect match for him!


Beautiful Border Collie Max, has just turned four years old. When he tore both cruciate ligaments within five months, his distraught caregivers could not afford to pay for the second surgery or to keep a dog long term. With broken hearts, they asked the vet to euthanize him.

Desperate for a solution before the end of the day, the clinic staff contacted us. With the help of our precious donors and with dozens of volunteers creating and selling beaded bracelets, funds were raised to help pay for Max’s discounted operation. Julie and Stephanus generously agreed to the intensive task of fostering him for the first eight weeks of his 12 week recovery.

Max has reached a point in his rehabilitation that we are now seeking applications for his adoption. He will need gentle exercise for the first few months and plenty of loving human company to keep him happy and stimulated while he settles into his new surroundings and lifestyle.


Max is neutered, micro-chipped, registered and is in excellent health. He is a soft, endearing soul who loves his tummy rubbed and is startled by fireworks and other loud sounds – so we are looking for a relatively quiet home for him. He loves to be with people, so we are hoping there will be someone at home during the day or that he can go to work with his primary caregiver...or doggy day-care may be an option.

Max will be a wonderful and devoted companion to his successful applicant. His sweet nature will be appreciated by a family, couple or individual and he also enjoys meeting and greeting other dogs. At this stage he is not allowed boisterous play, so a resident dog would need to be relatively calm or able to be kept separate for a month or so.

Although he is a quick learner and is keen to please those he loves, Max (and his successful applicants) will greatly benefit from a series of group obedience classes to tighten his recall and his leash walking manners. Training classes are a condition of his adoption.

Max loves children and appears to be respectful of cats and other small animals. He is currently on the North Shore of Auckland.

If you are interested in the possible adoption of this beauftiful boy, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: We are very grateful to Kath at Nose to Tail Dogwash for sponsoring his hydrotherapy sessions to ensure the best possible recovery. Special thanks also to Linde for gifting Max with a close groom to keep him comfortable during the hot summer months. Thanks also to Forrest Hill Vet Clinic for discounting their medical fee for Max.

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