6/8/18 – I received a call from one of the veterinary hospitals we work with. A couple just picked up a dog from their brother who is in the Navy. The brother had recently rescued the dog and received orders that he was going on assignment. The sailor’s brother agreed to foster the dog while the dad was gone. On their way back from North Carolina, the dog, Cyprus, became ill and was immediately taken to the vet when they got home. Cyprus was diagnosed with Parvo Virus. We were thankful to be able to take on Cyprus’ care so his dad can just concentrate on serving our Country. Today he is doing well but now the brother’s dog is showing signs of contracting the disease. Please say a prayer for both dogs. This is sweet Cyprus ~ diana
4/5/18 – Lulu was rescued from a hoarding situation. She is 14 years old and only 4.3 pounds. She was pulled from a local shelter by Bully Love Rescue and they will be taking good care of her while we help with the medical. She is in dire need of dental care and vaccines and will be seeing the vet today. Prayers for Lulu that she can find her forever home once healthy. Lulu was just groomed and I’m sure she is feeling better with just her recent grooming. ~ diana
5/29/18 – This is the time of year when donations always seem to die down. I think because the temperatures are mild, there is a belief that the medical need for animals are reduced. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Summer brings more heart worm cases, upper respiratory infections, and more kittens and puppies who come with their own illnesses caused by the moms breeding too often.
This is Freya. She was one of a group of five dogs padlocked on short chains 24/7 behind a condemned house. The rescuer was brought in to try and help a month ago and everyone she reached out to couldn’t help. Freya had a piece of siding fall on her and she got so scared she slipped her collar. She was caught and brought into the rescuer’s home who will work at rehoming her. Freya visited the vet, complements of 4p1h, and she tested negative for heart worm and received all of her vaccines. She will be spayed in 3 weeks after she has had a chance to ‘chill out’. She is doing great in the rescuer’s home and bonding with the family’s pet.
It’s only with donations and support at our funderaiser can we afford to help animals like Freya. Donations can be made through paypal by using the link on the left side of this page or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080
5/28/18 – Coco was rescued when neighbors noticed that young boys were trying to set her tail on fire. The neighbors took her in but their dog kept attacking her. We were contacted by the final rescuer asking if we could help with a vet visit; not only did Coco need her basic vet care, including spay, she was consistently leaking urine. Coco was seen by one of our partner vets and given antibiotics. She will be watched over the next couple of weeks and when healthy, she will be spayed and vaccinated. What makes young people want to torture defenseless animals???? ~ diana
5/26/18 – I remember that first day that Gina brought Hercules to our home. Every time he bent down to eat food or drink water, his back legs would rise up. My heart broke for what he went through. A person walking through the neighborhood saw a two-month old dog lying on the grass, seemingly dead — that was the beginning of Hercules’ story.
This video is a little long but so is Herc’s journey. Like our feline mascot, Chance, Hercules is an inspiration to all. Since Hercules came into our lives, Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets (Dr. Tari Kern) has played an important role in many of the lives taken on by 4 Paws 1 Heart. Hercules will be at our July 14 5kWalk/Run for Fun and he (and his parents) are committed supporters of 4 Paws 1 Heart. 6 years later and when Herc sees Gina or I, there are licks all over. I can’t tell you how much I love this dog and respect our Board member Lori Jobak, Tari Kern, and Herc’s dad, Chris for all that they have done for this amazing boy. Shawn Ley, this was our first WDIV story. www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3c8VmPVipc&feature=share~ diana
5/24/18 – Roxy’s sad but happy ending story:
Roxy was adopted from a shelter when she was 2 and lived with her previous owner for 5 years until he became homeless. She then lived behind a dumpster for 2 months until someone discovered them. Roxy then was taken to the local animal shelter; they put a hold on her for 2 months to allow the owner time to take her back. The owner then pulled her and stayed in a motel until he ran out of money. A person who knew the owner’s case manager offered to hold her until the owner got housing. Roxy and her dog didn’t get along and the case manager lost contact with the owner. It was determined that the owner was incapable of taking care of her. She was posted on the All Things Livonia page and15 rescues were contacted in hopes of finding someone to re-home her. But then, Kate was found and she was happy to give this very sweet dog a home. Kate was told that Roxy was spayed but she had a large hernia that wasn’t a threat to her health. Her new mom brought her to a vet where it was determined that she actually wasn’t spayed and she had multiple masses on her mammary glands. That is when 4 Paws 1 Heart was contacted. We were happy to help Roxy (who was 40 lbs when taken in) and agreed to pay for her surgery. The good news is that Roxy’s masses are gone and she is CANCER FREE. Roxy is now 60 lbs. and is doing great. ~ diana
5/21/18 – Johnnie and June’s parents could no longer give them the care and life they deserved. 4 Paws 1 Heart agreed to take on their medical needs and help to find a rescue that would find them their forever homes. All of that has been done and now these cuties are with Midwest Small Breed Rescue. They are the ‘parents’ of our little Annie. Here are their ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. ~ diana
5/17/18 – Graham was found as a stray and his owner was never found. He was brought into rescue when they were asked for help. The rescue paid for his vaccines and heart worm test but, unfortunately, the test was positive. This rescue has had at least 12 heart worm positive dogs in the last 12 months. 4 Paws 1 Heart has experienced the same.
Graham is still a bit under weight and he has a wonderful temperament. 4 Paws 1 Heart has paid for Graham’s heart worm treatment and anyone interested in giving Graham a forever home should contact StreetHearts Animal Rescue. _ diana
5/15/18 – A sincere thank you to all of our supporters who donated during the ‘Annie Banana’s Scholarship for Needy Puppies and Kitties’. We met the $1,500 goal!! Annie, who is now in her forever home with 3 siblings, just had a professional photo shoot this past weekend. Here is Gidget, Maggie, Lexi and Annie. It’s amazing, how by working together, we can truly make miracles happen. ~ diana
5/14/18 – Prayers for Kuz as he gets ready to start his heart worm treatment. We are thankful to our many rescue friends, veterinarians, and supporters who make a difference in the lives of the abandoned and abused. ~ diana
“A little over a month ago we found out this guy had a slew of health problems and heartworms to top it all off. Diana and 4 Paws 1 Heart are his saving grace. They are sponsoring the heartworm treatment. He had bloodwork and started doxycycline to begin treatment. He was started on milk thistle and cranberry for his liver and kidneys. And he was sent up north to be cared for.
Today he had the staging done and more bloodwork. His bloodwork looked good (greatly improved) and he will start the shots on Monday.
Thank you Linda for being his caregiver and making sure he gets to his appointments.
Thank you Diana & 4 Paws 1 Heart 💗~ Megan”