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Max is just one of the puppies in Hero Dogs Clara's fourth and final litter of puppies. Max is training to become a service dog for a veteran or first responder with disabilities.

Hero Dogs places service dogs and other highly skilled canines with veterans of the U.S. military and first responders with disabilities, at no cost to them, in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Hero Dogs trains dogs to meet the needs of veterans and first responders with multiple disabilities such as mobility challenges, hearing loss, effects of chronic illness, or mental health conditions.  

Susan Boren, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, learned about Hero Dogs after they honored the memory of her family friend by naming a puppy-in-training after him. As the daughter of a veteran, she has been especially proud to work at Maximus, who has been a trusted partner to the Department of Veteran Affairs for more than 20 years. She nominated Hero Dogs for their impactful work in the veteran and first responder community.  

“When Hero Dogs wrote to tell me that a pup from their newest litter was named Maximus, I was humbled and proud that our company continues to demonstrate support for the valued people who we serve.” 

Hero Dogs Max is a Labrador Retriever born on April 19th. Now, he is soaking up everything he learns in puppy class and at home with his puppy raisers, with whom he went home in late June. Around the same time, he officially received his name Hero Dogs RADM Fabius Maximus Stanly, USN, “Max.” Hero Dogs names each puppy to honor veterans, first responders, and historical figures.   

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