Teddy – RIP – Humans Failed You

4/20/17 – RIP Sweet Teddy. We received an e mail on 4/18/17 from someone who had been trying for days to get help for 3 cats who had taken up residence in her garage. One of the 3 was very, very sick. Thankfully, our friends Rachel Gerstner and Kelly Hook jumped into action and Kelly was able to get Teddy yesterday and the caring staff of Patterson Veterinary Hospital made room to see Teddy. Unfortunately, our little guy was too far gone. He was FIV positive which meant his immune system could not protect him from the ravages of an upper respiratory infection which was the worst that the doctor has seen. He had difficulty breathing and the doctor thought he would die during his examination. With the doctor’s recommendation, we all decided to put Teddy out of his pain and suffering. He is now running free with the many fur friends who have gone before us. God’s speed, sweet boy. ~ dianateddy 4:19:17

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Tacoma – A Senior Dog Found on the Side of the Road with an Open Wound on Her Leg

4/20/17 – I received a call from one of our friends who has also been protesting at the Michigan Anti Cruelty facility and intercepting animals who were being brought to their death. This very sweet dog was lying on the side of the road and it appeared she had been hit by a car. We immediately authorized Tacoma to be taken to the hospital. It turned out that she is a elderly dog with injuries that were old and no longer treatable. She did receive antibiotics and pain meds. She had an open wound that needs time to heal. Tacoma is safe and will be with the rescue Safe and Sound as soon as they can find a foster. ~ dianatacoma w:harrygordon

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Oscar – Prayers Needed for This Very Sick Little Boy

4/18/17 – Prayers needed for this very sweet boy who has been through a lot in his short life. This is Oscar. A friend who we often work with on trap/neuter/return, contacted us because Oscar just couldn’t seem to get rid of an upper respiratory infection. Oscar was rescued in an abandoned home during the brutal month of January. He had such a severe upper respiratory infection that he couldn’t open his eyes. Unfortunately, he hasn’t gotten better so he again went to the doctor who found that Oscar was diabetic and had bronchitis. The doctor recommended that an MRI be done to determine why there was a continuing issue. 4 Paws 1 Heart was again contacted and we authorized a visit to one of our favorite doctors at The Kitty Clinic. The doctor took x rays and found that Oscar has a mass in his abdomen and is concerned about his heart. The doctor recommended that Oscar see a specialist for more tests. These tests are very expensive and at this time we are trying to determine the best next steps. ~ dianaoscar w:kelly hook 11:4:17riley 3:31:17

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Mickey – Found Drinking From a Puddle Near a Cemetery – Update

4/21/17 – Mickey was found near a local cemetery on a cold January day drinking water from a puddle.  Fortunately, a good samaritan rescued him but could not find his owner.  She contacted 4 Paws 1 Heart and Mickey was taken to a vet.  It was thought he had cherry eye.  What he had, was Entropion of the eye which required surgery.  He was also found to be heart worm positive.  Today he goes to the vet to get his last treatment and then he will be able to be neutered and on his way to finding his forever home.  mickey w:foster brother w:shayla westonHere he is in the back seat looking at his foster buddy.  Everyone at Five Mile Animal Hospital has fallen in love with this very sweet boy.  ~ diana

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Matching Gift Challenge in Memory of Brad and Audra Laubert

4/17/17 – 4 Paws 1 Heart is humbled to announce the BRAD and AUDRA LAUBERT MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE in memory of Bradley K. Laubert (1980 – 2017) and his sister, Audra M. Laubert (1967 – 2014). A friend of the Laubert family will match all donations made to 4 Paws 1 Heart, April 17 through April 24, 2017, to a maximum of $3,000.00!

Brad and Audra were long-time residents of St. Clair Shores and shared a passion for rescuing cats and dogs. Brad’s Mr. Bittens was his shadow. Although we mourn the loss of two very wonderful people, we hope their family can find solace in knowing that Brad and Audra’s legacies will live on in the many animals who will be saved by this very generous Matching Challenge. ~ diana

Donations can be made through paypal by using the Donate link on this page or on our website, 4paws1heart.org, or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

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Hope – Rescued with Severe Heart Worm

4/18/17 – Prayers Needed! This beautiful girl, Hope, was running the streets in January, emaciated and very sick. Fortunately, a loving family rescued her and attempted to find her owner. None could be found. She was immediately taken to a veterinarian because her body was covered with wounds, one wound was a very deep hole. Hope’s wounds were treated but then she began coughing and had trouble eating and drinking. Her rescuers took her to two veterinarians, one thought she would need open heart surgery. The other conducted more tests and felt that was not needed. What everyone did agree to was that her heart was very damaged from heart worm. A friend of 4p1h contacted us about Hope’s plight; the family was running out of money to pay for vet bills and by this time, they were worried that they could not ‘rescue’ her after all. I contacted the rescuers and now 4 Paws 1 Heart will work with the rescuers in hopes of giving Hope a second chance in life. Hope will be seeing one of our favorite doctors at Patterson Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Zalac, today. Please say a little prayer that Hope can be on the road to recovery very soon. If we can make this happen, her rescuers will become her permanent, loving family. ~ dianahope 4:18:17 --hope 4:18:17heartworm

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Charlie – 4 Years Ago He Was a Beaten Dog

4/17/17 – Happy Update on one of the 4,000 animals we’ve helped since August, 2010. Your donations give these animals not only a second chance in life, but they also ensure other unwanted animals will no longer be born. Donations can be made through paypal by using the donate link on this page or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080. Here was our first contact about Charlie:

“Dear Diana and Gina,
I’m writing to you because I’ve taken in a stray dog who is in need of urgent help. I found him in my neighborhood hanging out by an abandoned school. He was whimpering and clearly in rough shape, with swollen front legs and and part of his mouth hanging limp, so I brought him in to my vet. She speculated that he was likely a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. She also said that she believed that while his injuries were serious and would require surgery, he could be treated. Of course, given all he has been through, his psychological wounds would need a lot of attention as well. One of the vet techs told me about your organization, and I wanted to see if you would consider taking this very sweet boy on. I am currently keeping him in my back yard, feeding him and giving him the antibiotics and pain med prescribed by the vet.” ~ Leah”

With the help of 4 Paws 1 Heart and generous donations made through an on-line fundraiser conducted by Leah and with the help of TailWaggers, Charlie was treated. And, now, we are blessed to get this update and photo:

4/14/17 – “Here’s a picture I just took of Charlie, who 4 Paws 1 Heart helped make whole again almost 3 years ago, after he was used for dog fighting and abandoned in my neighborhood. He is a sweet, happy boy and is always making me laugh– like when he looks goofy with drool and tongue sticking out :) ~ Leah”charlie w:leah wiste 4:17:17Charlie, 2013

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Hercules – Says Good Bye to the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

4/16/17 – Our Boy Hercules Says Goodbye to “The Joe” (Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings). Earlier this morning I posted about some of our most serious and ‘famous’ cases. Hercules was one of them. I have to post this now as a follow up. Thank you so very much to Dr. Tari Kern and her husband, Chris, for giving our Hercules the life so many animals deserve. Much love. ~ dianahercules and Chris 4:15:17Hercules at the Joe 4:15:17

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Minnie – Hit by a Car, Pregnant, Brought to a Veterinary by a Good Samaritan

I received a call from the great people at Patterson Veterinary Hospitalasking if we could help with this very sweet, pregnant cat who had been hit by a car. I offered to pay medical and suggested they contact Happy Tails. The good news is that after a few days in the hospital, this sweetie is with Happy Tails in a foster home and hopefully on her way to a successful delivery and a happy life. ~ diana

“Welcome Minnie!

A good Samaritan brought her to Patterson Vet after finding her hit by a car. She seems to have only minor scrapes but it was discovered that she’s also pregnant.

THANK YOU to the Drs and staff at Patterson for taking care of her and THANK YOU to 4Paws1Heart for paying for her medical!!

Send prayers for her as she really doesn’t want to eat but we’re hoping that now that she’s in a foster home she’ll feel better. – Happy Tails SCS”

 minnie 4:15:17
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Katniss Everdeen, Snickers, Hercules, and Chance – The Mascots of 4 Paws 1 Heart

4/16/17 – Happy Easter to all of our Christian friends and Happy Passover to all of our Jewish friends. I am so thrilled to announce, that because of the phenomenal support of our friends, 4 Paws 1 Heart was selected to win $1,000 during the Home Shopping Network (HSN) Cares charity challenge. For one day in May, 4 Paws 1 Heart will be recognized by the HSN network. I will let everyone know what day is selected for us but in the meantime, here is just a few of the many happy stories you have helped us create. ~ diana

Katniss Everdeen was found on a curb in Detroit during a rainstorm, stuffed in a small carrier. She was emaciated and her spine was curved and that night she required emergency surgery where it was found that she had over one pound of material clogging her intestines. Today, as you can see, she is absolutely beautiful and in a loving home.

Snickers was found at about 5 weeks old in an icy puddle in an alley in Hamtramck, MI A 9-year old boy heard her weak meows. With the help of a ‘village’ of caring people, she found her way to 4 Paws 1 Heart. Snickers almost lost her eyes as a result of a severe upper respiratory infection but because of 4 Paws 1 Heart and a wonderful eye specialist, she retained her eyesight and lives with a loving fur and skin family.

Hercules was brought to us after he was found on the lawn of his owner’s home almost unable to move. He was emaciated and it was later found that both back legs were irreparably broken by his owner when he was just one month old. Nothing was ever done and surgery wasn’t an option. Hercules had many sessions of hydrotherapy and later found his way to a great doctor and friend who does various forms of therapy, including acupuncture. Hercules was eventually adopted by his doctor and her husband and has truly become the poster boy for abused animals.

Chance was rescued from a high-kill shelter; he was scheduled to be euthanized when it was found that both of his back legs were paralyzed. A friend contacted us about his plight and we agreed to take him under our wing. After three veterinarians suggested euthanizing Chance because no one could determine why he was paralyzed, we took him to Hercules’ mom, Dr. Tari Kern. And, today, he even has his own facebook page, “A Second Chance For Chance”.2017 calendar coverkatnisssnickersherculesChance, May 2015

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