MADISON CO., OH (WCMH) - Meet Max: He is a Brittany Spaniel-Beagle mix on a mission to find rescue dogs, like himself, a loving forever home.
NBC4 Today Weekend Anchor Hattie Hawks and her husband adopted Max from a small Central Ohio rescue called Pets Without Parents. Every week, Max and Hattie introduce viewers to other rescue dogs in search of forever homes.
This week, Hattie and Max stopped by the Humane Society of Madison County to meet Sealy, a young dog who is in desperate need of medical treatment, for a special edition of Max’s Mission.
Sealy came to the shelter after a good Samaritan found her abandoned in a ditch. When the humane society’s staff saw her, they initially thought she had been hit by a car, but a veterinarian told them she was born with deformed legs.
“She doesn’t know that anything is wrong,” said Meg Werner with the Humane Society of Madison County. “She doesn’t understand, but the bigger she gets, the harder it’s going to be for her.”
Sealy will need a $6,000 surgery, so she can have a prosthesis fitted. It’s an expensive surgery and shelter workers don’t want to fail a dog who has been failed before. The humane society reached out to Hattie to see if Max’s Mission could help.
“How do you look into a dogs eyes and say, ‘No, I can’t do this for you,’ when there are so many people out there that could help?” Werner asked.
Despite her condition, Sealy is as resilient as they come.
“When she is outside in the grass, she is just running as best she can,” Werner said. “She does a little nose dive.”
Sealy loves other dogs, playing and just having a good time in general.
“Dr. Dise shad that she will grow up and be just a normal, loving, sweet puppy,” Werner said. “She loves other dogs, but she does play hard.”
Sealy also gets along well with cats and kids.
“She loves to play with cats, loves to go in the cat room and see what’s going on,” Werner said. “She is very inquisitive, likes to check things out, loves kids, and likes to give kisses.”
The humane society has raised about half of the funds they need for Sealy’s surgery and they have about $3,000 to go. Werner said it’s important to contact your local humane society of sheriff’s office if you find a dog like Sealy, so the dog can get a second chance, just like Sealy.
For more information about Sealy or to donate to her medical fund, visit www.hsmcohio.org. For more information about Max’s Mission, check out Hattie’s Facebook page and follow along with Max’s adventures on Instagram.