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. ~ diana
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. ~ diana
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.
4/17/17 – It was the end of March when I learned that our good friends at Happy Tails SCS was in need of medical assistance. They had recently rescued two pregnant moms (sisters) who were scheduled to be euthanized. They also had a brother who Happy Tails was able to get placed with another rescue. The one sister, Emma, went into labor and had to have an emergency C section because a baby was stuck in the birth canal. With the great work of the Patterson medical team Dr. Zalac and veterinary technician Amber Smith, all babies were delivered and thriving. 4 Paws 1 Heart was happy to pay for Emma’s c-section, we know how hard it is for our rescue friends when it comes to unplanned medical needs. Anyone interested in any of these babies should check out Happy Tails they often have adoption events at the Pet Supplies Plus store on Harper near 13 Mile in St. Clair Shores, MI. ~ diana
Also, please remember that your donations make this possible!
(use the donation link on this page or our website 4paws1heart.org, or by mail P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080)
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
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”
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”.
4/15/17 – Before you know it, our bowling event (Saturday, June 3, 8:00 p.m.) will be here. Anyone who has attended can attest to the great fun we all have. Raffle baskets are typically valued from $75 to $600 and sometimes there are special surprises. There’s a 50/50, music, and great people. What more can you ask for. Get your checks in early because this event sells out early. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080. Just include your e mail so that I can acknowledge receipt of your check. Or, you can pay through paypal on the donate link here or our website 4 paws1heart.org. If you pay through paypal, I just ask that you include the 3% (60 cents per ticket) carrying fee which is what paypal charges us. Hope to see all of our friends!!
As Chance, I also pray for the many abandoned and stray defenseless animals. Everyone can make a difference through legislation, donations, fostering, adopting, and prayer.
Love Always ❤ Chance”
4/14/17 – Widow is less than a year old and was surrendered because the owner had a baby who was allergic. Widow had not received any medical treatment. We were contacted by a 4p1h friend who is trying to help re-home poor Widow. 4 Paws 1 Heart paid for Widow to be spayed, vaccinated, and tested in hopes that by our taking care of her medical bills, she will be better able to find her forever loving home. ~ diana
4/13/17 – Honey is another friendly stray found by a homeowner who contacted us for help. Our other cat whisperer, Rachel Gerstner, was able to get Honey, transport her to one of our wonderful veterinary clinics, and make arrangements to have her fostered by another great friend, Roberta Kretz. Honey has been spayed, vaccinated, and treated for fleas and worms. She will be available for adoption and if you are interested, please contact Roberta at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ diana