Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Max. My animal id is #158198. I am a male gold dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 9 years 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 11/10/2022, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- landlord won't allow.


Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Max is on the EP list for medical reasons. He has only eaten a few bites of food while here. He does not have other known medical issues, and we suspect is inappetence is due to stress and that he would do better in a less stressful environment. Behaviorally, handlers have been unable to remove Max's harness, collar him or perform a handling assessment due to his handling sensitivity, potential for fearful aggression and as a safety precaution due to his recent bite history.

Let's get to know each other a bit more...

This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information. Due to the detailed behavior issues, this animal is only available for foster/adoption through one of ACC's New Hope Partners. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please fill out the pre-screener form. This animal is not directly available for adoption through ACC and is only available by completing the pre-screener form.Adoption inquiries sent directly to ACC will not receive a response. Pre-Screener Form Max is on the EP list for medical reasons. He has only eaten a few bites of food while here. He does not have other known medical issues, and we suspect his inappetence is due to stress and that he would do better in a less stressful environment. Behaviorally, handlers have been unable to remove Max's harness, collar him or perform a handling assessment due to his handling sensitivity, the potential for fearful aggression and as a safety precaution due to his recent bite history. Max was surrendered to the Care Center due to his owner's landlord no longer permitting him to keep the dog after a bite incident occurred. Max bit a stranger who approached and stepped on him outdoors, leaving punctures and immediately releasing. His previous owner described him as affectionate, playful and shy. He would reportedly follow his family around the house and was respectful, playful and tolerant with children, cats and dogs. He warms up to strangers with a slow approach. During his stay at the Care Center, Max has not acclimated well to the shelter environment. He has not allowed handlers to remove his harness, to collar him or to perform a handling assessment. He displays potential for fearful aggression and has escalated to growling on leash when being guided out of the kennel room. He avoids all forms of interaction and does not display any attention-seeking behaviors. We recommend that Max be placed with a New Hope Partner that can provide an experienced, adult-only home able to provide him with the space and time needed to acclimate to his new environment in addition to proper socialization with the help of a certified trainer or behaviorist that uses positive reinforcement and force-free methods.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 70.2 lbs


[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 9 y based on O history, exam consistent Microchip noted on Intake? Negative scan History: O surrender, on bite hold. Reported to have decreased appetite Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior - Sedated for exam d/t reported difficulty handling, unpredictability Evidence of Cruelty seen - N Evidence of Trauma seen - N Sedated with butorphanol (10 mg/ml) 0.64 ml and dexdomitor (500 mcg/ml) 0.64 ml IM Objective BCS 4/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: Muzzled, stained rostral dentition PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Externally normal MI MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, overgrown hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Externally normal Assessment Apparently healthy Prognosis: Good Plan: Check appetite tomorrow Proceed with placement SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age


Inappetence noted since entering shelter. Client care spoke to owner--patient is used to eating ground steak or chicken mixed or blended with dry food. Advised behavior service to use any donated fresh foods, start medical feedings q12h x 5d until 11/20.


Reason for recheck: check appetite Ate a small amount of something overnight- food bowl is empty, difficult to determine what it was. Discussed with behavior, will feed variety again tonight and observe. Recheck tomorrow


Continuing to eat small amount of food provided by Canine Behavior. Former owners to provide favorite food as well. Suspect inappetence is secondary to FAS. Recommend placement/transfer out as soon as possible, expect anorexia to improve in less stressful environment. CTM closely on daily rounds Next recheck 2 days


Monitor appetite - mostly uneaten trays in kennel, refuses to take treats offered. Canine behavior reports that he ate some chicken from hand. Continue to monitor.


BAR in kennel, at front. Some empty or picked at food trays--patient FAS still high, reportedly was a picky eater at home as well. Owner provided favorite foods, continue to offer q12h and seek placement ASAP.


Max has an empty food tray in his kennel! BAR and growling when approached. CTM while at BACC.


Give trazodone 300 mg, gabapentin 500 mg, and clonidine 0.8 mg PO once to facilitate handling and reduce stress in transport.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 2. Blue

During intake Max had a loose body with an open mouth. He allowed the conselor to take his picture. Max wakled back to his kennel and walked in with no issues. No handling was done during intake.

Date of Intake: 11/10/2022

Basic Information:: They are about 9 years old.

Previously lived with:: 2 adults 1 cat

How is this dog around strangers?: They are shy for a few minutes around strangers. Once they warm up they are friendly and outgoing.

How is this dog around children?: They have spent time with children. They are relaxed, playful, and respectful.

How is this dog around other dogs?: They have spent time around various different dogs. They are relaxed, playful, respectful, and very tolerant.

How is this dog around cats?: They have lived with a cat, and was relaxed, playful, respectful, and very tolerant.

Resource guarding:: They are not bothered if someone tries to touch their food or bowl while eating, if someone takes their treat or raw hide, or if someone takes their toy.

Bite history:: He does have a bite history.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Other Notes:: They are storms or fireworks they are not bothered. They are not bothered if someone pushes/pulls them off furniture, holds/restrains them, disturbs them while sleeping, gives them a bath, brushes their fur, touches their paws to trim their nails, or if someone unfamiliar approaches the home or yard.

Medical Notes: N/A

For a New Family to Know: They are an affectionate, playful, and shy dog. They like to run, sleep, and relax with their owners. When at home with their humans they will follow them around. They are a mostly indoor dog. They eat 2 times a day, and eat dry food mixed with human food. They use the restroom on the cement. They rarely have accidents within the home. They are well behaved when left inside the home or in the yard. They have never been crate trained. They know shake, and sit. For exercise they like slow walks on the leash off leash walks or brisk walks. They pull lightly on the leash if they see something interesting. They will stay close to your side of off leash.

Date of intake:: 11/10/2022

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 1 cat

Behavior toward strangers:: initially shy, will warm up after a few minutes and become friendly and outgoing

Behavior toward children:: relaxed, playful, respectful

Behavior toward dogs:: relaxed, playful, respectful, very tolerant.

Behavior toward cats:: relaxed, playful, very tolerant

Resource guarding:: Max is unbothered when his food, treats or toys are touched or removed.

Bite history:: While outdoors, a reportedly intoxicated man was walking toward Max. The man began to stumble near Max and stepped on him, which caused Max to growl and bite the man's arm leaving two punctures. The owner heard the incident happen and ran out immediately, he saw Max let go right away. The owner is unsure what form of treatment the bite victim sought out.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Other Notes:: Max was fed dry food mixed with human food twice a day in his previous home. -He was never crate trained. -He knows sit and shake cues.

Date of assessment:: 11/17/2022

Summary:: Handlers are unable to perform a handling assessment due to Max's handling sensitivity and potential for fearful aggression.

Summary:: According to his previous owner, Max reportedly spent time around various different dogs. He was relaxed, playful, respectful, and very tolerant. 11/22/22: While on-leash at the Care Center, Max is introduced to a novel female dog via gate greet. Handlers are unable to collar him at this time, however they are able to slowly and carefully remove his harness. He approaches the female and maintains a neutral body as he sniffs her, briefly displaying sexual motivation with a flagging tail.

Summary (1):: 11/16/2022 When handler approaches kennel, Max recognizes handler and begins to bark excitedly. The handler then leashes Max with ease, and they proceed outside. Max is DOH, so the handler keeps Max on the property. The handler takes Max into the play yard, and they walk laps around. Max then pauses in front of one side of the gate and sits there calmly. The handler allows Max to do what he finds comfortable, and they both stand there. The handler clips Max's leash with ease and brings him back into the center. Max quickly heads to the kennel room and jumps into his kennel with slight hesitation. He passes his kennel just a little bit right before Night Lights barks at him. At this point Max quickly moves into his kennel. 11/13/2022 When handlers approach kennel, Max is sitting by kennel door. Handler(1) attempts to leash Max and during, Max is pawing at the door. The handler pauses, readjust the rope leash, and leashes Max. Upon leaving the facility, Max maintains a calm pace. The handlers take Max for a walk around the play yard. The handlers give Max a few treats and attempt to take pictures of him. One of the handlers gets down on one knee and Max's face becomes aggressive. The handlers proceed to bring Max back to his kennel. While Handler(1) puts Max back in his kennel, Max enters, however when handler(1) attempts to close kennel door, Max leaves his face in the gap of the door so it wouldn't close. Soon enough he allows handler to close kennel door. 11/11/22: Max is laying own in kennel with a fearful, tense body when handler approaches. Handler offers him a slow approach and treats which he sniffs and then turns his head from. When handler gently tosses on their rope, he twitches intensely but allows the leash to slip on. Once the door opens, he approaches the front of kennel and feels tension on his neck. He immediately thrashes and pancakes in kennel. After a moment of coaxing, he exits kennel and stands in the corner of the room, displaying a tense body and intense fearfulness. A second handler comes in the room and begins to coax him as well. After a few moments, he moves forward and pauses at the room door. He is frozen at the threshold for a minute, stiff and fearful. Second handler attempts to clip a leash to the ring on the back of his harness and he begins to growl. Handler backs away and eventually with coaxing and guiding on leash he begins to walk again and is carefully led outdoors. He walks to the play yard where he remains distant and cautious of handlers, eventually beginning to pant. After some time he is led back indoors where he drops flat to the ground upon entering his kennel room. After a minute he stands and walks to kennel where he freezes in front and salivates excessively before handler must run him up and in. A hook safety tool is used to carefully remove his leash in kennel.

Date of intake:: 11/10/2022

Summary:: loose, open mouth. Allowed picture to be taken, walked to kennel without issue.

Date of initial:: 11/14/2022

Summary:: sedated due to unpredictability

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 11/19/2022 When handler is going around the room to check on the dogs, the handler makes a stop by Max's kennel to see if he is eating. When the handler arrives, Max is frustrated, barking, snarling, with a tense body. His food is not touched as well. The handler tosses in some treats to see if it will calm him down and it doesn't.


Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Max is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. Max has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.

Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Bite history (dog)

Potential challenges comments:: Handling/Touch Sensitivity: Max has not allowed for a handling assessment while in shelter, nor has he handlers to remove his harness, collar him or pet him. It is important to always go slow and give Max the option to walk away from any social interaction. Max should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Max’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Max may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings. Fearful/Potential For Fearful Aggression : Max has not allowed handlers to remove his harness, collar him or touch him since he has arrived. While here gives clear warnings when he is uncomfortable, such a moving away and growling, if prevented from moving away there is a potential to escalate to higher-level warning behaviors and possible fear-based aggression. It is important to move slowly with Max, to build positive associations (treats/toys/praise), and to allow Max to initiate interactions with new people. He should never be forced to greet or to interact if he is not comfortable and soliciting attention. Bite History: Max has escalated to biting a stranger before he arrived at the Care Center when he was nervous and uncomfortable (See Bite History Summary). This behavior may or may not continue outside of the Care Center and will require careful management in order to reduce the likelihood of Max being put into another uncomfortable situation. It should always be Max’s choice to approach a new person or thing and he must be provided with ample space and time to move away should he be uncomfortable.