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Ten Years And Counting: 12-Year-Old Maximus Waits To Be Adopted

Morris County, New Jersey – A dog with a New Jersey rescue group has been waiting for ten years for someone to choose him to be part of their family. The 12-year-old dog is with the Eleventh Hour Rescue group, and for the majority of his life, he has been waiting to be adopted.

On Tuesday, award-winning photographer Sophie Gamand tried once again to garner some attention for this long-overlooked, senior dog. Gamand turned to social media in an attempt to find Maximus a real home; she writes:

I’ve shared him several times over the years, and it’s disheartening to see him wait and wait. Will he end up dying at the shelter, never knowing the comfort of his own home?

According to Gamand, Maximus was a bit of a “wild child” in his younger days, but time has slowed him down, and now he likes to spend time resting in his bed, going for car rides, and taking walks.

Though Maximum lived peaceably with other dogs for a short period of time, those who know him best feel that he is best suited to being the only pet in the home because he can be “selective” at times.

Gamand describes Maximus’ ideal home:

Maximus’ ideal retirement home would be on the quiet side with not too many visitors coming by consistently to overwhelm him. Maximus is a volunteer favorite with a smile that can brighten even the cloudiest of days.

Please share Maximus’ story far and wide. Somewhere out there is his perfect home, he just hasn’t found it yet.

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(Feature image via Sophie Gamand. Image in body of article via Eleventh Hour Rescue Facebook page)

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  1. Goodness, I just adopted a dog in Aug. who is even older but did not spend his life in a shelter. I am saving this but with a diabetic cat and a dog who is almost 15 along with another cat I am hesitant. I am guessing he has been on social media. I am not on any or I would share this. I do hope Maximus finds his home-he deserves it. None of the shelter staff can take him?

  2. Just breaks my heart to hear he has spent that much time in rescue. This pup deserves so much more and I wish I could give it to him! I just lost my one dog at 14. I miss him so much. My house is not quiet and I have three other dogs and two cats or I would consider him. Prayers for a family to come along so he can live out the rest of his life in a home on a warm bed and couch!

  3. Please someone in the area give this older baby a home for his last days!!!! He needs to experience being the center of attention and laying next to someone on the couch!!!! Even sleeping in a big soft bed with HIS family. This breaks my heart!!!!!

  4. We have 10 cats so we are out but but I don’t also live in New Jersey and I wonder if there is a senior dog permanent Foster group home. You know the kind of place that takes older dogs for their last years on Earth.



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