4 Paws 1 Heart was founded by Gina DeLuca, Licensed Veterinary Technician and her friend Diana Rascano. Since its very first fundraiser in August 2010, 4 Paws 1 Heart has changed the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs and the lucky families who have given them “forever” homes.
4 Paws 1 Heart’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs by paying for needed medical treatment and assisting with the permanent placement of these animals through our partnerships with local rescues. Whether the animal comes in through an emergency hospital or through a rescue, we will work together to meet the medical needs of that animal. Sometimes that means fixing a broken bone, spaying/neutering, treating serious infections/viruses and in some severe cases, amputation of a leg/arm. Once it has been determined by the animal care professionals that the animal is treatable and will have a good quality of life, 4 Paws 1 Heart jumps into action to cover the medical expenses.
Our founders and Board of Directors don’t stop with funding medical care. We are always working to inform others of the issues and needs of companion animals and ways in which they, too, can make a difference. We’ve written letters to the newspaper, had articles published in local newspapers, and communicated with local community leaders, officials, and legislators about issues important to the well-being of companion animals and the people who rescue and care for them.