Cinder – RIP – You Crossed the Rainbow Bridge with Much Love

8/11/20 -It’s not about thinking you can save them all (and I hate when people say that), because anyone who truly does this knows the heartbreak that comes along with it..
We get the reality and watch many of them die..
The hardest thing to accept is not having an answer for why they died.
Did you did everything right..did you do something wrong..could you have done something more…
It’s even harder when you see improvement because that gives you hope..
There is no preparation for death and it hurts to watch a kitten or a puppy waste away before your eyes. It sucks to hold them and watch the life fade from their tiny body…and it burns your heart inside to have no choice but to accept it.
They are so dependent on your every move, your every decision, and your ability to make the right choice. To not allow suffering…and to not be selfish.
How do you not get attached to the concept that you are saving a little life for someone to love and cherish.
That’s really what it’s all about. Each life you save changes someone else’s life forever.
This one is hitting me hard. I think it’s because I saw improvement which gave me hope.
With everything going on right now Cinder was a little spark of light in my life and I was so excited to get her started on her new journey..but it didn’t work out that way.
I woke up to check on her at 4 am and her little 1 pound body was deceased… Thank you all who kept rooting for her. 💔💔💔cinder--8:11:20 cinder## 8:11:20 cinder 8:11:20-
Gina

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Cinder – Found in a House Fire

8/9/20 – cinder 8:9:20 cinder 8:9:20-- cinder 8:9:20---- cinder 8:9:20== cinder 8:9:20=== cinder 8:9:20====On Tuesday this baby was found in a house fire in Detroit. A firefighter rescued her and took her to the station. His daughter posted 911 help and a kind person named Molly offered to foster. Everything was going great until 48 hrs later when the kitten began to have bad diarrhea, she stopped eating, and rapidly declined. By morning she was ubable to move.
That’s when I was contacted and I offered to take the kitten if she could be transported to the vet hospital right away.
Molly rushed the kitten to where I was working. The baby was barely breathing and she had just seizured. I immediately placed an IV catheter and after lots and lots of aggressive hourly care for over 48hrs, this baby is finally making baby steps of improvement.
You can see the before and after pic here.
We don’t know exactly why she crashed, but we do know she was infested with worms and she got sick with horrible diarrhea.
A 1 pound kitten cannot last long when they are that tiny. She became dehydrated and critical fast. Her tiny body has been through a lot and the goal is to get her eating on her own. I’m thinking of calling her Cinder.
I’ll keep everyone posted. ♡ Gina

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Stephan James – Found Under a Propane Exchange Rack — Very Frightened

8/2/20 – Another life saved by the Village. – dianastephan james 8:8:20

“Please meet….another St Clair Shores homeless kitten off the streets….Stephan James…. Our little purr machine with a side of hiss..

I was eating my lunch at work on Wednesday and my cell phone rings – I don’t pick up calls of numbers I do not recognize but something told me to do so….. and I’m so glad I did. A woman, named Stephanie was frantic talking to me about this kitten she found in front of a drug store under the propane exchange rack. She called rescues and no one could help and she won’t leave it and didn’t know what to do…she started to cry… She said she saw my name on facebook and asked if I could help. I told her to hold on and I called my husband on my desk phone. He was close to home so he went and got a carrier, went to the drug store (local) and with super teamwork and super speedy catching skills of Stephanie -the kitten was in the carrier and on the way to our house.

The kitten was super scared, super hissy and super skinny….3 days later we only have to work on the super skinny part. He has a recent chunk out of his ear, and a scratch on his head but in good health it seems. He did throw up foreign items that he ate for food, pieces of mulch, and cedar greenery….broke my heart.

Thank you Stephanie for not turning your back on this helpless animal. My hubby (aka Foster Daddy) who stepped up without hesitation and 4 Paws 1 Heart that is backing his medical so he can go on and find his happily ever after.

Please help 4 Paws 1 Heart during these difficult times when fundraising events have been canceled due the covid pandamic’ www.4paws1heart.org/donations dee”

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Kitty of the Corn – Dumped in a Field to Die

8/4/20 – The “Kitty of the Corn” was dumped at a very kind couple’s house. The very young kitten had a huge, horrible abscess on her neck and although the couple tried to find a doctor who would prescribe antibiotics, all, understandably, wanted to personally see the cat. The couple has not been working regularly because of the virus and contacted us for help. Kitty was taken to one of our partner vets who confirmed that this was a very nasty infection that kept growing. Part of the dark spot (as you can see in the photo) was old tissue, hair, and dirt. The doctor was able to ‘rip’ that off pretty quickly, cleaned it, and stitched it up. She then was tested (negative) for FIV/FeLV, and given basic vaccines. When she weighs enough, she will be spayed. This morning the rescuer sent me a message saying that “Kitty” is doing great and will have her stitches out in two weeks and then scheduled for spaying. “Kitty is right back at being lovey and playful”. And, she has obviously found her furever home. Just as a side note, I don’t usually share some of the injury photos we get but I think it’s important for the general public to know of the kinds of injuries and illnesses these animals have been facing, more in the past five months, than I’ve ever seen in a similar period over the past 10 years. I thank God every day for the many people who rescue and provide furever, loving homes, and to our friends who are so kitty of the corn kitty of the corn infection kitty of the corn w:brandy werczynskigenerous with their donations. – diana
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Gronk – Update

8/1/20 – Excuse me Facebook….GRONK HERE! Foster Mommy took me to my first vet visit yesterday….DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE PUT THAT TEMPERATURE TAKING STICK???? Why didn’t anyone warn me???? The vet said I am purrrrrfect and adorable. I wiegh 2.2 lbs….up from the 9.4 oz when I was found on the streets of St Clair Shores….and I’m 8 weeks old! I was a brave boy when I got my first shot and dewormed…WHAT???? WORMS? I think not Ms. Vet! My pudgy belly is all food! I have to sign off and go do some pouncing….but before that I need to thank 4 Paws 1 Heart for taking care of my medical….except for that temperature stick thing…. Chow peeps. 4 Paws 1 Heart

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Jefferson – Found in the Middle of Jefferson Ave. – Unable to Move

8/3/20 – Once again, it was a busy weekend. On Friday night I received a call about a cat found in the middle of Jefferson, near the spillway, in Harrison Twp., MI. The cat couldn’t move and the finder thought he might have had a broken leg. After being assured the cat could be stabilized until morning, we made arrangements to find a vet in the morning. Thankfully the doctors where our co-founder works as a vet tech, squeezed in Jefferson on Saturday morning although they were booked to the max. Here is Gina’s report:

“The doctor looked at him and we did some x rays of the pelvic area. It looks like he sustained an injury to the pelvis causing instability in his hind end. He can carefully stand and he is able to urinate in a shallow tray which is very important. He tested negative for fiv/felv. There are a few abrasions on his legs. He had some elevations in bloodwork so we are doing antibiotics, pain meds, rest, and anti-inflammatory with very close monitoring over the weekend. He might need surgery or he may heal over time. It will be day to day of making sure he will eat, drink, urinate, and have bowel movements. He is neutered and extremely gentle. He was dehydrated and anemic. He was given some fluids under the skin and treated for fleas. The man who saved him is really kind; he literally saved this cat’s life. We need more people like this in the world — unselfish and compassionate.- Gina”

His finder, Doug, will continue to look for Jefferson’s owner. If one isn’t found, he will foster him until he can find a furever home. We will continue to be committed to him just in case he needs further medical. Unfortunately, it seems that every cat we are called about these days has a severe injurty or illness. During this time of no fundraisers, your donations continue to be lifesaving. – diana
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Shakira – Update

8/1/20 – Great News!!! Dr. Natalie Zalac and her staff stayed late and Shakira had her surgery last night. And guess what?? Her new mom is on her way now to pick her up. Shakira is recovering like a champ!! 4 paws 1 heart is truly blessed to have such amazing doctors who we can call on.

Two more cases came in last night. I will post on them a little later. One dog is in emergency and another kitty was found in the middle of Jefferson with a broken leg. He’s waiting to be seen by a vet. diana
4paws1heart.org/donations/shakira w:amanda 7:31:20

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Shakira – Saved by a 14 Year Old Young Man – She had a Fractured Pelvis and a Herniated Diaphragm

7/31/20 – Prayers and Positive Energy Needed! Shakira is a 2 pound, 6-8 weeks old kitten who was found by a 14 year old young man and his friend. She was very hurt and he brought the kitten home. Mom brought the kitten to a vet who removed a botfly and found, through x-rays, that Shakira had a fractured pelvis and a ruptured herniated diaphragm. Last night I received a message from the mom that Shakira was having difficulty breathing. The emergency hospital said they couldn’t do anything so this morning I contacted one of the best in the business, Dr. Natalie Zalac of Orion Animal Hospital. After explaining the situation, Dr. Z agreed to at least fit Shakira in for a consultation and maybe even surgery, after hours — this while she was totally booked with appointments and walk-ins. The family, upon my direction, took the 45 minute drive immediately to Dr. Z and a little earlier today Dr. Z did call me affirming that Shakira would need surgery and she and some staff members would be staying overtime should we wish to continue. The concern was that because the baby is so small, there was a risk to putting her under. Dr. Z told me that Shakira is the sweetest little thing and was even standing with a broken pelvis. So, with the understanding of the family, I approved the surgery to give this baby a second chance. We are all anxious about the surgery and, I hate to ask, after just asking for Zeus, but if you can afford to donate towards her surgery, it would help immensely. Thank YOU so very much. – diana
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