2/19/18 – Meet the Spice Family. We received a call from our friends at 313 K-9 and Kitty Rescue. They had rescued a mama and her 5 newborn kittens that were found as strays. One kitten had developed some pus-filled bumps on her and there was a concern that it could spread because one kitten had died that evening. We were happy to have them seen by the doctor at Five Mile Veterinary and it was found that the the pus-filled bumps, had been caused by a bite infection from the mom. That baby was treated and is doing well as is everyone else. Their names are Spice (mama), Hazel, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Chili. If you are interested, please contact 313. Can you imagine what would have happened to this family if not for the rescue and the donations to 4 Paws 1 Heart? Please consider donating today. Every day we get several calls for help and we can only do what our purse will afford. Donations can be made using the link on the left side of this page or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080. Thank YOU – Diana
2/16/18 – Dakota (on the left) found himself at a local municipal shelter, heart worm positive. As I’ve said many times, municipal shelters are not funded to care for animal’s medical needs, especially something as serious as heart worm. Consequently, Dakota was scheduled to be euthanized. But, before that happened, 313 K9 and Kitty Rescue contacted us to see if we could cover Dakota’s heart worm treatment. If yes, they could pull Dakota. And, because of the generosity of our supporters,the answer was ‘yes’. Dakota started his treatment yesterday. Let’s pray his treatment goes well and he goes on to living a healthy, loved life. ~ diana
2/14/18 – A Happy Valentine Love Story — It was 4 1/2 years ago when I was contacted about this beautiful Border-Collie mix found in a ditch by a police officer and animal control officer. Her jaw was broken in four places and her hip was fractured. Her injuries required more medical care than 4 Paws 1 Heart could afford but because of our friends, we were able to get her help at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. It was there that Pistol Annie (because she was a fighter), who is now known as Lola, met the love of her life — Traci, a licensed veterinary technician who agreed to foster Annie through her recovery and later adopted her. I’ve thought about Annie often over the years and the other night, her mom, Traci, contacted me with an update:
“Thank you again for saving her! She is fabulous and very loved!! She is also the best “surrogate “ (she’s spayed of course!) momma dog to my foster puppies!!! She has endless patience and energy for them!! I’m sorry it took 4 1/2 years” (Lola is on the left) – Diana
2/13/18 – He showed up in a cat community but Calvin was not feral — just scared. He also had a wound on his hind leg. We were happy to send Calvin to our favorite doctors at Patterson Veterinarian where Calvin was tested, neutered, vaccinated, and treated for his wound. Intact animals left to fend for themselves in the wild are targets for fights and rape. A whole different dynamic occurs when everyone is spayed/neutered. Anyone interested in adopting Calvin should contact: email@example.com ~ diana
2/12/18 – Hazel’s owner no longer wanted her and was taking her to a high-kill shelter. Beyond general neglect, Hazel had a cherry eye that needed surgery. There is no doubt that Hazel would have quickly been euthanized. An independent rescuer was able to find a small rescue group who agreed to take in Hazel if her medical could be covered. We did and Hazel had her surgery last week and she is doing very well. Wishing Hazel a new and pain-free life. ~ diana
2/11/18 – Did you get gift cards for Christmas that you can’t use?? Well now you can use them and help save animals at the same time. Go to www.charitygiftcertificates.org and follow the easy steps to donate to 4 Paws 1 Heart by using a store or restaurant gift card. ~ diana
Our hearts break for what our Twyla has been through but we will always be there for her.
Hellooo Team, well Twyla had her appointment today & it took a rather unexpected turn.ets start with her injured leg. Dr. Blasses took an xray to compare to the xrays from the emergency hospital xrays. Not much difference except her leg is swollen quite a bit more then it was then. It’s too swollen to assess her knee ligaments. So we were going to go home with pain meds cus Twyla is extremely painful and anti-inflammatory. But…because Twyla has lost close to 3lbs and is not eating on her own the Dr decided to do bloodwork. The bloodwork came back that Twyla is jaundice, likely caused from not eating properly. So now Twyla has to have a ultrasound of her liver tomorrow morning. She can’t have the anti-inflammatory because it could damage her liver, so she received antibiotics & much needed pain meds. Please keep Twyla in your prayers tomorrow that her liver is not permanently damaged. When Twyla was seen by the emergency vet @4 Paws 1 Heart covered her medical which was over $400.00. Today she had exam, xray, full blood panel & meds. Tomorrow she will have an ultrasound and we don’t know what else will be needed until we get the results of that. No matter what, 4 Paws 1 Heart is committed to making sure Twyla receives the medical care she needs, this is where your donations mean so much. If you would like to donate to help with Twyla’s medical it would be so appreciated. We will keep you posted. Twyla is now on a/d food for urgent care and mom’s going to go get some food into her tummy ❤
2/8/18 – Meet Sarge. He was forturnate enough to be rescued by a caring Animal Control Officer. There is evidence that Sarge was kept outside his entire life but now he is in a loving foster home with a huge chance that it will be his forever home. Sarge is heart worm positive and the only way he could be saved, was to get a commitment for the medical bills which 4 Paws 1 Heart made. We wish Sarge the very best as he begins his heart worm treatment and his new life. Saving these lives would not be possible without our supporters. ~ diana
2/5/18 – Welcome to the first full week of February. Although most of us in Southeastern Michigan are once again dealing with about 3 – 5 inches of snow, I wanted to share this happy update to begin your week on a happy note.
Hopefully, you will remember our Simon. I was called during the evening of an 8″ snowstorm. The caller advised that a cat who is mom had been harboring in her rented room, kept being thrown outside by the landlord. And, the cat could not use his back legs. Well, with the help of the caller and our friend, Jo A., Simon was brought to safety and 4 Paws 1 Heart committed to doing whatever we could to give Simon a life he deserved. He has recently been seen by Dr. Kern of Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets and has been given exercises to do at home and a therapy plan has been developed. It turns out that poor Simon could not use any of his legs! But, the doctor thinks that with therapy, he will be able to walk again. Simon has proven to be a real love bug and enjoys living with some of his new buddies. The GREAT NEWS — SIMON actually stood on all four legs for a few seconds this weekend! Can you believe it? We know we have another little fighter on our hands and we will rejoyce the day he can again walk.
On another happy note, here is Simon with his best friend, Bob. From the day Jo took in Simon, Bob and him have been inseparable. Bob is another kitty helped by 4 Paws 1 Heart and helped by Jo A. Bob was left behind by his owners. He was treated for months for diarrhea that was so bad it would just spill out of his little body. He has asthma but gets better each day. I hope seeing these photos and reading their stories lift your spirits on this cold, wintry day. And, remember, it’s only because of the generosity of our supporters, can we continue to make miracles happen. ~ dianaSimo
Gizmo is doing great!!! Here he is with his new big brothers Fritz and Razzy.
Two yrs ago I raised a litter of 5 orphan pups and Fritz was one of them. His mommy and daddy now want to make Gizmo a part of their home. We are planning to make it official on Valentines day which is the same day Fritz was adopted. Thank you Lisa and Scott for opening your hearts and home to our little Gizmo ♡ Gina