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Update: Mastiff With Terminal Cancer Is Adopted During Her Final Days

 Mae the French Mastiff was found as a stray in Indiana. She was incredibly skinny with all her rib bones clearly visible. When Southern Indiana Animal Rescue came to select her up, they found that she was only 70 pounds when she should’ve been about 140. However, the rescue later learned that her weight wasn’t even her worst problem. Poor Mae was diagnosed with terminal cancer, given between 2 weeks and a couple of months to measure .

The rescue knew that Mae deserved to measure out her last days in comfort. So, Elizabeth Starck progressed to foster her. Over the past 9 years, Starck has fostered about 400 animals. She’s always determined to offer them the simplest life possible.

“I love the old ones. i really like those that just need an area to travel until it's their time,” Starck said. “Just knowing whether or not they are with me every week or for 2 years… I hope that their time with me is wonderful for them. It changes their life hopefully.”

Caring for Mae

Being such an outsized dog, Mae isn't cheap, especially when it involves food. She eats about 10 cans of food a day! So, the rescue posted on Facebook posing for food donations, and to their surprise, many of us were extremely generous.

About 800 cans of petfood were donated to the rescue. a number of those donations even came from locations farther away like Texas, California, and even Hawaii! These amazing donations not only gave Mae plenty to eat, but it helped out many other dogs in need also .

Mae soon became very fashionable on social media. The rescue and Starck regularly post adorable photos and updates on Mae. She has many people cheering her on. She has even attended some fundraisers and meet-and-greets with fans.

This sweet dog even gets along side all her fellow foster dogs and foster cats. She’s very curious round the cats and likes to follow them around.

A Formal Adoption

Starck quickly learned that she and Mae had a special bond. Mae is such a sweet and loving dog, and Starck knew that Mae was meant to be a neighborhood of her family. So, after fostering her for fewer than 2 months, Starck decided to adopt her.

Starck brought Mae to the courtroom, where she pledged to like and look after her. County Judge Vicki Carmichael signed an adoption certificate, making Mae officially a member of Starck’s family.

Now, Mae features a loving home to measure out the remainder of her days. Starck doesn’t skills for much longer Mae are going to be together with her , but she’s so grateful to possess such a sweet dog in her life, albeit it’s just for a brief period of your time .


Mae lived a cheerful life together with her new family – but her humans always knew that their time would be short. On January 9 2020, Mae’s mom posted the subsequent to Facebook:

“I’ve dreaded this since November 16th once I received the “it’s cancer” call . Today Mae let me know she was tired and her mission and purpose in life are fulfilled.“She shared her love of life and other people with everyone she met. She lived for food and her newly found cat friends. She had such a mild way about her and her calm way showed whenever she met someone new.I’m getting to miss her adorable face such a lot and I’d roll in the hay everywhere again if I could. Her nine weeks with all folks was something I never expected, but you all made it wonderful for her and myself. She deserved it and loved every minute of it. She felt all of the love, from near and much . ❤️“Mae, until we meet again. Run free sweet girl, you're one during a million.”