Elli Frank of Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway met Max on Tuesday. And with just a few fateful words, Max's basement days were behind him.
"We'll take him," she told Shmerling. "He's ours."
(You can watch a video of Max meeting his rescuer here.)
"Our program focuses on dogs facing extraordinary challenges," Frank told The Dodo after picking up Max. "And two things that really nailed me was that he reminded me of my guy."
That would be Mr. Bones, the dog with the "enormous lemon-shaped open-mouth smile" who inspired Frank's organization back in 2012.
Frank took Mr. Bones home from a Brooklyn animal shelter just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He was, as Frank writes on the group's website, "severely malnourished, covered in scars, old puncture wounds and what appeared to be a cigarette burn or two."