If you go to the Homeward Animal Shelter website and look at dogs available for adoption one of them is an adult male Labrador retriever named Zach. He is currently fostered by Emma Quinn, and she calls him Max.

Max is Zach’s original name. Quinn said a lot of dogs come into the shelter with the name Max and to differentiate them they are given unique names. Because Zach was in two previous homes and they called him Max, Quinn and her husband decided to call him that as well to make sure he had something he was familiar with.

Max’s first owner was a male and abusive. The information on the Homeward Animal Shelter site says he is timid and skeptical of men. “It took him probably about two weeks to fully warm up to my husband,” Quinn said. “Now that he is, it’s completely fine, but it did take a little longer.”

Emma Quinn is fostering Zach (Max), a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever. Chris Flynn / The Forum
Emma Quinn is fostering Zach (Max), a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever. Chris Flynn / The Forum

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His second owner was an elderly woman who cared for Max, but didn’t socialize him. “I don’t think the woman that took him in had a lot of visitors,” Quinn said. “He lived a very isolated life, and she was single so the only men he ever knew were abusive.”

Quinn said Max is good with her dog and thinks it would be good for him if he was in a home with another dog. “But they have to be a confident dog. They can’t be a dog that doesn’t get along with other dogs."

Zach (Max) is a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever in foster care through the Homeward Animal Shelter. Chris Flynn / The Forum
Zach (Max) is a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever in foster care through the Homeward Animal Shelter. Chris Flynn / The Forum

“He just really needs someone with a lot of patience,” Quinn said. “Somebody that is willing to put in the time to help train him and show him the good parts of life and then he becomes a fantastic dog.”

To adopt Zach (Max) or for more information on adopting or fostering cats and dogs, visit Homeward Animal Shelter at homewardonline.org