8/20/19 – Since Gina posted her Happy Anniversary to 4 Paws 1 Heart, many of our friends have been posting updates of the animals we were able to give a second chance at life. You can read most of their stories on our website: 4paws1heart.org or check out the ‘Notes’ on this fb page.
Here is Sweet Pea’s story from 2012:
7/6/12 The Eastpointe Animal Control Officer (ACO) was contacted by a groomer in Eastpointe reporting a case of serious neglect/abuse. He had a Pomeranian mix, male, neutered, 10 lbs. and about 7 years old. The dog was matted with feces with flies stuck to it and totally consumed with hundreds of maggots who had actually at holes in his poor little body; his nails were 1 and 1/2 inches overgrown. The ACO immediately took the animal to the East Detroit Animal Hospital who kindly stepped up to the plate without an advanced payment. There the maggots were removed and the dog was shaved but the dog still required additional veterinary care. The ACO contacted the owner to advise of the dire condition of the dog and to tell her that the dog needed additional medical treatment. She claimed that she had been in the hospital with a heart condition and her dog, Sweetpea, had been in the care of a friend. She also said that she didn’t have the money to take him to a vet or to pay the vet the ACO had taken him to for initial treatment. The ACO contacted Gina and asked if 4P1H could help. Gina told him that if the woman could produce proof that she was, in fact, in the hospital and proof of who had been caring for the dog, that 4P1H would help with the medical bills (although that is not typically what 4P1H does). The woman could not provide proof and obviously had been lying; it further appeared that the dog had just been neglected and kept in a crate. The woman wanted the dog back but the ACO miraculously talked the woman into surrendering the dog and brought the dog, after hours on his own time, to the Animal Urgent and Critical Care Center. At the Center, Sweetpea was further treated for his infestations, stabilized, and put on IV fluids. He is totally traumatized by what he has been forced to go through. Charges cannot be pressed in Eastpointe because it turns out that the woman is a Detroit resident. If the City of Eastpointe does not pay the vet bill at the East Detroit Animal Hospital, 4P1H will pay that bill as well as the costs for the medical treatment and Sweetpea’s stay at the Critical Care Center. He should be ready for adoption in about a week.
Our dear friends at NBS Animal Rescue took in Peanut, who went through so much more afterward. But, look at him today! Please remember that none of use could do what we do without the support of our community. Also, this week you can have your donation doubled by donating at:
4paws1heart.org/donatins/ – diana
8/19/19 – 9 years ago Diana Rascano and I began an organization to help stray cats and dog’s by paying for medical care. The idea was we would help that injured or sick stray on the side of the road so that he/she would not suffer. We would help alleviate their pain. Once stabilized that stray animal would be networked for placement if no owner was found.
Our 9th Anniversary was yesterday. Since then we have branched out and we have been able to help thousands of animals.
I have learned so much along the way..
Without the support of our board members, our significant others, the veterinarians, the hospital staff, the individual rescuers, the rescue groups, the shelters, the animal control officers, the law enforcement, and all of the hard work of Diana, we would not be where we are today.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
This organization means so much to me…words can not describe.
I am just going to add a few pictures of the animals that 4 paws 1 heart has given a 2nd chance to. Each one of these animals has a back story.. It could be abuse, starvation, sick, orphaned, dumped, etc.. The important thing is they would not be where they are today without the support of “4 paws 1 heart” and that’s why we need to keep going. They need us.♡ Read the stories of Azela, Vortex, Izzy and Sox, Cannoli, Samantha, Brutus, Skippy, Onyx, Orphan Kittens, Annie, Bubba, Ellie, Hercules, Stray Kitten, Katniss. – Gina
8/18/19 – Dear Friends, Today is our 9th Anniversary. Hard to believe it’s been 9 years of funding medical treatment for abandoned/stray and abused animals. We are blessed to have many supporters which includes individuals, veterinarians, and businesses. We couldn’t have helped over 6,000 animals to the tune of $850,000 in medical bill payments without all of you.
Today, another one of our Board members has generously offered to match up to $1,000 in donations made between today and next Sunday, August 25, 2019. Please help us meet the goal. Your support saves lives. Here are a few of the many animals we’ve helped over the past couple of months. ~ diana
8/16/19 – Waylon’s Story:
7/10/19 – This little guy was found in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. Fortunately, a good Samaritan rescued him and contacted Chance’s mom, Denise. Denise found a foster for Waylon and he was taken to the vet yesterday. Waylon is only 1 lb and is about 5-6 weeks old. We will be covering his medical expenses including neuter when he is big enough. Anyone interested in giving this boy a furever home should contact Denise at: firstname.lastname@example.org – diana
7/29/19 – Shy is a 9-10 year old female who was taken from a family who kept her tied to a tree, feeding her scraps, and never giving her any human interaction. She had a large growth hanging from her body when she was rescued. She is a very friendly, lack lab-boxer mix who would love to be loved and cared for. We were happy to help Erin’s Angels Rescue in paying for the growth to be removed and for her to be spayed. ~ diana
7/25/19 – This little sweetheart was seen being thrown out of a car window. The people who saw this horrendous act, brought the kitten into their auto repair shop. A woman came across the shop while doing her job and the auto repair owners showed her the kitten — they didn’t know what to do. The kitten had an injury on the inside of his mouth on the lower part of it’s jaw and he was flea infested. Although this baby was in Owosso, MI, we were able to find a veterinary clinic to work with us. The baby was seen and is now resting comfortably with the woman who took him in. – diana
7/22/19 – This little girl was going to be dumped after the rest of his litter had been sold. Fortunately, a rescuer whom we’ve helped in the past, was there to save her. We had her go to the doctor for a wellness check but last week I got an emergency call because Dreema was lethargic and we were all concerned. We were able to get her into a vet where she was given fluids. She is eating and doing well. My husband met her last week when he delivered some pet food and he says that she is a little doll. I think that’s obvious. ~ diana
7/9/19 – Reminder that we have two huge fundraisers happening now. First — vote every day to help us win $5,000 in the Free Star Financial Charity contest, Second, a $1,000 match for all donations received between now and July 15,2019.
In the mean time we are taking multiples calls a day requesting for animals found on the streets. Louie is one of them. A kind woman who we had helped before with two rescued kittens, found a very matted Louie wandering on the street. She was able to find his owner but the owner no longer wanted him. A signed surrender was officially obtained and the rescuer had Louie groomed and contacted our Board member, Denise, who contacted me. Louie was seen yesterday for a wellness exam and will be vaccinated, tested and neutered today. Louie does have cataracts but he is a bundle of energy. He gets along with cats, dogs, and kids and is house trained and knows some commands. After further discussion with the prior owner, it appears that this poor little guy has been passed around a lot. Louie needs a foster/forever home. Contact Denise at: email@example.com – thanks, diana
7/3/19 UPDATE: Cinnamon is having surgery on her tail today. She was seen yesterday. We’ll get an update later.
7/2/19 – Please say a little prayer for this very sweet dog. A very kind man was picking up his daughter at a bus stop and two people drove up and said they were being evicted and let the dog out of the car and drove off. The man took the dog home and contacted Animal Control who referred him to us for help. Cinnamon had a swollen paw and was chewing at her tail. The family, who couldn’t afford a vet visit, put a cone on her in hopes of keeping her away from her tail. The swelling in her paw got better but the tail was a concern. Unfortunately, one day she hid in the rescuer’s garage and it appears she chewed her tail off. She will be seen by our great doctors at Patterson and hopefully we can find out what happened. It is obvious that Cinnamon had been neglected by her previous owners. Here are before and after photos. ` diana