6//9/17 – Last week I received a call from one of the great veterinaries who work with us. A woman brought in a dog that her friend had found on the street. They attempted to find an owner but were unsuccessful. The dog, now known as Lil’ Ham, had nails 2-3 inches long which prevented him from walking flat on his paws. The rescuers had taken Lil’ Ham to the vet for a wellness check but two weeks later, he had 4 seizures without warning. Of course we agreed to help this very sweet emaciated boy. Lil’ Ham was again seen by the doctor and was given medication. He has not had a seizure since. Lil’ Ham (Hammy) will be monitored for 3 weeks and if he continues to be without seizures, he will be neutered and vaccinated. His rescuer, Katie, says that Hammy is sweet and affectionate and loves to snuggle. He is also cat safe. Anyone interested in Hammy should contact Katie at: email@example.com ~ diana
6/7/17 (9:01 a.m.) UPDATE: Hope remains on medication. She had another seizure yesterday, late afternoon. She did have x rays done of her head and chest and nothing was found. The doctor reported that shrapnel was found in the face, neck, and chest. It appears that her orbital bone may have taken the brunt of the gunshot. The hospital staff said that Hope is very emaciated and is very nice. She went for two walks yesterday, but today she wasn’t interested. Hope does have a fractured orbital bone and it is still unsure whether her eyesight was affected. Hope will be in the hospital for a couple of days while the staff continues to watch over her to ensure no abscesses form in her injuries. We have committed to Hope’s recovery and will assist the rescue with ensuring Hope finds a safe and loving home. ~ diana
6/6/17 (6:00p.m.) Latest report is that Hope was resting and eating. No further word but so happy they seemed to have controlled her seizures. – Diana
6/6/17 (1:00p.m.) UPDATE: The doctor believes the bullet may have just grazed Hope but fractured her orbital socket and there appears to be shrapnel from the bullet. The seizures have stopped and when Hope is stable, x rays will be taken. ~ diana
6/6/17 (11:09 a.m.) UPDATE: X Rays cannot be done until the seizures are stopped. Hope is now heavily medicated. The doctor thinks her orbital bone is broken and she may now be blind in one eye. The doctor is also afraid that the bullet is in her neck. I’m afraid that we are going to need financial help from our friends so if you can, please donate to Hope’s care by using the paypal link on this page or mail a check to P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 We want to give this girl a second chance if at all possible and someone has stepped up to foster her if we can save her. ~ diana
6/6/17 – Prayer Warriors Needed – This is Hope. Last night I received a call about a very sweet dog who was found laying in a field; she appeared to be purposely shot in the head. This morning she was picked up by a friend of 4p1h and brought to a veterinary hospital. On the long ride to the hospital, poor Hope was having seizures and actually got her head stuck between the car door and the car seat. She is with the doctor now and it is thought that she has been like this for at least 4 days. An exit hole could not be seen so it is not known whether the bullet is still in Hope or if the wound was more of a graze. We will learn more later. In the meantime, please pray for this sweet animal and the many others. There are far too many animals walking the streets being prey to many sub humans. ~ diana
6/6/17 – Luna – So young to have been through so much. Here is her story as told by our friend Lori Stephens. We agreed to pay for Luna’s required surgery which she had on May 25. She was in a lot of pain after the surgery; so much so that it took 1 hour to get her out of the car. She had her stitches removed and had her post surgery visit with the doctor on June 1. She is still not using her leg and we are quite sure that we will have her see Dr. Kern of Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets for an assessment. Please say a little prayer for this very sweet girl. We are committed to her full recovery. Luna will need a forever, loving home. Lori tells us that she is a small (35 lbs), friendly, and very energetic dog. If interested, contact Lori at: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ diana
“Luna and her littermate (Drizzy) were posted on 4Paws Village page on October 26, 2016 (Luna is in the back). The person who rescued them from a bad situation was moving in with relatives that day and could not take them. She had rescued the 2 pups earlier in the summer when she was at a party. The pups which were only about 12 weeks old at that time and were tied to the fence in the backyard with a belt. Unfortunately she did not have the money to vet them and could not find homes for them over the next 2 months that she had them.
I picked them up that night, vetted them and placed them with adoptive families. Unfortunately, one of the families fell on hard times and asked if I could take Luna in on a temporary basis. At that time, I noticed Luna was limping a little. It continued to get worse and I took Luna to Wilsons. Surgery was recommended.
I returned Luna to her family in late April when I was told they had housing. Also surgery was scheduled. Again, unfortunately, the family’s situation did not improve and they surrendered Luna to me. – Lori “
UPDATE 5/31/17: I had been waiting to post this until I heard back from his caretaker, who had promised to get back to me with an update and photos. Because of this posting, someone very much involved in this case, contacted me to say she had also been trying to get an update on Tico. Later in the day, she contacted me to report that Tico had passed away although it does not appear it was because of these injuries. I also learned that the person who called me frantically crying had actually lied about the situation. He had allowed a person into his home with two alleged pitbulls. This goes under the saying that “no good deed goes unpunished” RIP Sweet Tico. The humans let you down. ~ diana
5/30/17 – Tico was attacked by a stray dog as he was being walked by his caretaker. 4 Paws 1 Heart was happy to pay for Tico’s veterinarian visit where he was treated for wounds. According to the veterinarian he was doing well and was released. ~ diana
Thank you also to Kathy Rainero for submitting the winning entry that convinced HSN (Home Shopping Network) Cares that we were worthy of their donation.
5/26/17 – Meet Diego. His family moved and left him tied to a fence to fend for himself. Luckily a neighbor saw it and fed him but at least 3 days and nights were spent in rain and cold until the neighbor (who kept thinking his family would be back to get him) contacted Chance’s mom, Denise. She contacted us and asked if we would cover a vet visit. Of course we did and now Diego is neutered, vaccinated, heart worm tested (negative), and treated for fleas/parasites. The neighbor has decided to keep this sweet boy who was dealt some bad cards but is now being loved in what we pray will be his forever home. ~ diana
5/24/17 – Because of the Blackfinn Ameripub – Partridge Creek, Tito’s Handmade Vodka,our dear friend and celebrity bartender, Fox2’s Roop Raj, and our loyal supporters, we will be able to spay/neuter and vaccinate 87 community and adoptable cats. Remember that a female cat can have three litters a year, with an average of 5 kittens per litter — that’s 15 kittens a year for the nearly entire life of that female. And, if those kittens are not spayed/neutered, the awful cycle continues. We are committed to reducing the over population of abandoned and stray animals and this is why we are so grateful for our generous business community and faithful donors. Here are some of the cats we have recently helped. ~ diana