4/10/18 – As I mentioned earlier — kitten season is in full force! Only with your help can we make a difference and try to stop the overwhelming number of unwanted animals. ~ diana
“Jewels in color. Trapped her Monday night (photo 2 was taken then) Tuesday morning, after getting stuck in the food bowl ring holder, she had ONE baby girl. Jewels is still fat…. and we believe still pregnant…. our personal vet confirmed it is very much a possiblity – its called superfetation- and it could be another week…so we are still on kitten watch. Any Rescue friends – has this happened to of your kitties?
Don’t worry people…. Jewels is eating super great, pooping great and taking care of her baby and herself…. maybe is is just fat…. but she’s always been a slender cat who feeds at our work colony. Thank you 4 Paws 1 Heart for your support when it’s time to get Jewels fixed to return to her colony when the time comes. (and baby or babies too…but they will not be returning with mom) – Dee”
4/9/18 – Lola and Patches were left on a woman’s porch. And, although her finances are tight, she couldn’t turn her back and brought them into her home. Both cats had upper respiratory infections. They were treated at one of our partner vets and once the infections are gone they will both be spayed and vaccinated. The number of cats/kittens in need continued to be overwhelming this past Fall and Winter and now we are entering ‘kitten’ season. Please, please promote spay/neuter. All About Animals is providing free spay/neuter and rabies vaccine for the month of April. There are locations in Warren, Pontiac, Flint, and, I believe one will be or has opened in Detroit. ~ diana
4/7/18 – Happy Update! On January 25, 2018 we were contacted about 3 cats who had been ‘thrown out’ after their owners separated. First, the two older ones were dumped when the break up occurred and not long after, the male got another cat, Magnus, who later found himself thrown out into the cold. A kind woman took in all three of the cats and contacted us for help. Magnus was tested, vaccinated, and neutered and just the other day I received this update. Magnus is now in a forever, loving home and is doing great. Here he is now and before.~ diana
4/6/18 – Please say a little prayer for this very sweet girl, Frankie. It was early January when I was contacted by Jamie. She found this very sweet kitty on the side of the road, nearly frozen. Frankly could hardly use her back legs, her ears were scabbed, her tail and feet looked frozen. Her whiskers were icicles. We had Jamie seen by a vet very quickly and since then our little survivor has gone through a lot. As Frankie began to thaw out, her feet started to bleed and her frost bitten ears continued to scab. It also appeared that her tail had been frost bitten but seemed to be healing. Between January and this past week, Frankie was seen by a few vets, was spayed, vaccinated but tested positive for FIV. Nonetheless, Jamie, was determined to either find Frankie a purrfect home or keep her if all went well with her cat. Jamie kept in contact with me and about a week ago, I suggested that Frankie’s tail be examined again just to make sure it was healing properly; she kept licking it. Last week, Frankie saw a vet and everything appeared to be good. Wednesday, I got a frantic call that Jamie had gotten home from work and Frankie’s tail was “hanging” by a piece of skin. Fast forward to the emergency hospital and Frankie’s tail was amputated. There was a strong concern that Frankie could become sepsis if surgery and treatment was not done immediately. Frankie is now home and resting with mom and her new sister. We are going to keep a close eye on Frankie and make sure her recovery is complete.
I’ve said this before but when we take on the recovery of an animal we stay committed. Frankie started off as a very frost bitten stray animal who was close to death and until I felt she was totally in the clear from that issue, we would be there for her. But this commitment does have a cost, especially when it results in emergency surgery. So, if you can, please make a donation in Frankie’s honor. You can always be assured that your hard-earned dollars go directly to giving an animal like Frankie a second chance at life.
Donations can be made by using the ‘donate’ link on the left side of this page, through our website: 4paws1heart.org or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
4/5/18 – The history is sketchy. What we do know is that at one time Lucy was adopted from a rescue who has a ‘no-declaw’ agreement. After some unknown period, the adopters wanted to return the cat because she was not always using the litter box. The rescue refused to take her back because the adopter had altered (declawed) the cat against the agreement AND the adopter didn’t want her either. Thankfully, a rescue we work with took Lucy in before she was taken to a ‘kill-shelter’. Poor Lucy is now acting very feral and hissing although we have to believe she was not this way when she was first adopted out. It’s difficult to know what Lucy has been through in that none of the stories seem to add up but the bottom line is she is now with a rescuer who will try to help her. 4 Paws 1 Heart paid for her to be tested, vaccinated, and examined. We are praying that with proper socializing and care, Lucy’s behavior changes in that she could never be let outside without having claws. ~ diana
4/4/18 – RIP Sweet Kate. Kate is actually a boy who was being cared for over a seven year period. Although Kate was very feral, he wasn’t an aggressor but unfortunately showed up with many scrapes over the years. He recently showed up with very swollen jowls and was not eating and drinking as normal. He had dried green pus all over his body from what appeared to be a ruptured abscess on his body. For seven years, Kate remained elusive to being trapped but finally, this week end, he could hardly stand and fell down three times trying to get into the shelter that was put out for him. His caretaker was able to get him and Kate was taken to the vet. Kate was in very, very bad shape. He tested positive for FIV and FeLV. Every tooth in his mouth was rotten and his body was very scarred. It was recommended by the doctor that Kate be humanely euthanized and his caretaker agreed. We truly wish we could save every animal who comes our way. But, if we can’t save them, we can at least end their suffering and give them love in the end. ~ diana
4/3/18 – Our Feline Mascot and Superhero, Chance, updated us on Ruby and Bunny’s visit:
“Helloooo Team! So Ruby & Bunny are home, fed and sweetly sleeping. Both girls hearts & lungs sound good. They are both hydrated, neither appears to have any fluid in their tummys or around their lungs. Neither of the girls have any signs of upper respiratory infection. Ruby had a bit of diarrhea this morning, but has since cleared up. Bunny has not pood yet today, but we’re not worried about that for another day or so. Bunny is in better body condition and is stronger then Ruby. They are too tiny for bloodwork or a fecal. Those are the things we do know. Dr. Wilson told mom not to change anything shes doing, she doing everything right. That made mom feel better, but what didn’t make mom feel better is that she had to take the babies out of our bedroom. Since we don’t know for sure what the other babies died from and we don’t know for sure that Ruby & Bunny don’t have anything, we cant take any chances with the Gang. It hurts moms heart to have them in the next room, and not in our room where she can hear every sound. Moms thinking she may need a baby monitor. Anyway, Dr. Wilson told mom everything to watch for and if we need her to just call her, she thinks our girls may need a little extra help. We just have to wait, watch & pray 🙏Thankyou to 4 Paws 1 Heart for being there for our baby girls today. If you would like to donate to help with Ruby & Bunnys vet needs please go to4paws1heart.org/donations/
Oops! 2 more things, 1. The umbilical cords fell off today! 2. Per Dr. Wilson the girls will not be going back to mama even if she is caught because we don’t know if she has something that could be passed through her milk or saliva that may have been passed to our sweet babies that died.
4/1/18 – Drumroll please!!!! All the babies have gained weight, and all the babies now have names!!!
First up is Baby Max, he’s up from 3.4 to 3.6.
Next up is our sweet little Calico girl, Baby Ruby. She has the most dramatic gain from 2.9 last night to 3.4 tonight!!! Go Ruby!!!!
Next we have our sweet beautiful grey girl…. Bunny, Bunny is up from 3.5 to 3.9.
Our babies are now 4 days old.
We love you Max, Ruby & Bunny!