Pet of the week: Max is a gentle 7-year-old Shih Tzu wanting a lap to sit on

Available for adoption at Pet Pal Animal Shelter
Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 09:38:56-04

ABC Action News helps find homes for dogs and cats currently living in shelters every Friday morning our Pet of the Week segment.

This week we are featuring Max. He is a 7-year-old black and white Shih Tzu.

According to the American Kennel Club, Shih Tzus are popular toy dogs that are affectionate and playful. Due to their friendly and trusting personality they are a great companion for any household.

Shih Tzus are good with children and have a life expectancy up to 16 years.

Max enjoys the company of other dogs his size. He is neutered vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $200.

For more information about how to adopt Max or other adoptable animals at Pet Pal Animal Shelter, you can call them (727) 328-7738 or go online to

Pet Pal Animal Shelter is located near Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The address is 405 22nd Street South Street. You can visit all their dogs and cats up for adoption Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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Anyone who is unable to adopt Max can still help a different Tampa Bay area animal shelter from closing.

The SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey is struggling financially. After serving the community for over 50 years, the shelter needs saving.

The non-profit pet shelter receives no money from county, state or federal governments, or even from the national SPCA organization. They rely completely on donations, which are down dramatically from previous years.

Dee Ford, the President of the shelter's Board of Directors, tells ABC Action News the SPCA Suncoast need sat least $25,000 to keep the lights on.

There are two ways you can donate: either directly through the SPCA Suncoast website or via the GoFundMe page set up. The shelter is about $11,500 short of its $50,000 goal.

Every dollar donated will have a direct impact on providing care for puppies and kittens.