Max was a stray that wandered around in the woods alone for weeks before he was picked up by the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. He was posted for adoption just days before Thanksgiving and with a $5 adoption fee he was at high risk of being killed. Instead Max was brought to Sanctuary to keep Fawkes (another Thanksgiving turkey, rescued the same weekend) from being lonely.
When a local poultry farm put on a contest for a free thanksgiving turkey, the winner didn't have the heart to have her killed so Fawkes was brought to the Sanctuary instead to live out a full life and the rescuer ate Tofurkey instead! Fawkes is named after the phoenix in Harry Potter and after the Anonymous for the Voiceless icon: Guy Fawkes.