1/26/20 – Sassy and Abigail were left behind when their owners moved. They were not spayed and who knows if they were ever vaccinated. It is sad and disgusting as to how many alleged humans do this to their cats. I honestly do not understand why people think a domesticated cat can fend for herself in the wild. These two kept trying to go inside any door that would open. Thankfully, they are now safe and warm and had all of their medical needs taken care of by 4 Paws 1 Heart. – diana
1/24/20 – RIP Deevo. As our followers know, we feel every animal (and human) deserves to be remembered when they leave this world. And, once again, it was humans who failed this very sweet little guy. On January 21, a friend of 4p1h intercepted Deevo when his ‘owner’ was going to take him to a local, high-kill municipal shelter. Yesterday afternoon I received an emergency call because Deevo had a seizure. Unfortunately, the rescuer did not have transportation and while we all worked to make that happen, Deevo continued to have seizures. With the help of Kimberly Willey, an amazing animal advocate, and the rescuer, Deevo was taken to an emergency hospital where he was immediately put on medications for the seizures and tested for distemper. Heartbreakingly, the seizures could not be stopped and Deevo passed during the night. The distemper test is still being processed and we should know by next week if it was distemper that killed this puppy. Distemper is highly contagious and it is why it’s so important that every animal be vaccinated. I’m sure he was the result of a backyard breeder and maybe was going to be ‘dumped’ because there were signs of medical issues already. We will never know but we do know that many tears were shed this morning. – diana
1/23/20 – In early December, Hope and Faith were found under a porch. One’s eye was protruding and the other had their third eyelid showing. After contacting a few of our partner vets, we were able to get them in the same day and the doctor gave them eye drops and advised that Hope’s eye would need to be removed once she gained weight. They were only 8 ounces and 10 ounces. Since then, Faith’s eyes have healed but Hope will need to have her eye removed. She is now 6 lbs and both will be getting a recheck and we’ll see if Hope can be scheduled for surgery. Please say a little prayer for these sweet babies. – diana
1/22/20 – Milky (aka Momma Kitty) was tossed out when her family moved. She showed up one day pregnant and eventually had her kittens. A neighbor took the kittens but left Milky to fend for herself. A friend of 4p1h who lives in the neighborhood took in Milky and contacted us for help. Milky was riddled with fleas and had an injury to her paw. Milky saw one of our favorite vets and was spayed, tested, vaccinated and had her injured paw treated. Today she is doing great. ~ diana
1/21/20 – Dahlia was pulled from a municipal shelter by a friend of 4p1h who we’ve worked with for a long time. She was very underweight. At first it was thought that she had ‘happy tail syndrome’. This occurs when a strong tail repeatedly hits solid objects with force during a wagging session, resulting in the thin skin of the tail splitting open. Dahlia was treated as directed but that didn’t work. She ended up chewing the end of her tail off. The rescuer then took her to two other doctors and it was finally determined that the tail was actually broken in 3 places. Dahlia was returned to her foster to heal and was later spayed. It took an extra long time to heal. Then Dahlia went to live with her rescuer. It was learned over the course of time that she was a ‘basement’ dog and had no real house manners. She is still learning. She is clumsy and has no boundaries. Her ears get infected often and she has a food allergy. Not many people want a dog with so many issues going on so she’s remained with the rescuer in hopes a forever home will some day be found.
A couple of weeks ago when she was getting her toenails cut, it was noticed that Dahlia seemed to be drooling a lot. It turned out that a canine tooth was bleeding. We were contacted and an appointment was made to have Dahlia see Dr. Zalac. Dr Z found 3 broken canines. Dahlia had surgery and is now doing well. Dahlia is in good hands. – diana
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1/20/20 – There were so many cats that we took care of in 2019, it was hard to catch up with their stories. All were found on the street; some feral, some domesticated who probably escaped or were dumped. Here are four who we took care of their basic medical needs which always includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and testing. But, as well as the basics, just about everyone we meet need antibiotics for upper respiratory infections, fleas, and mites. Thank you to our many donors, rescuers, and vets who allow us to make a difference. Meet Sebastian, Sylvester, Little Girl (who has CH), and Buddy. ~ diana
1/18/20 Dash Update♡
Tuesday we saw Dr. Kern at Pawsitive Steps. Dash was a very good patient and slept through most of his measurements and physical exam. The staff adored him and I was able to see Hercules (pictured with the rear leg prosthetic).
The tendons that control flexing and extension of the toes are damaged on Dash’s left rear foot. Therefore, his toes are at full extension causing him to walk flat footed. He has lost nearly all of the large pad that helps bare weight. His toe nails are starting to grow back a bit abnormally. His foot is slightly smaller than normal, but he is growing fast and he is happy.
He will require are rear leg prosthetic like Hercules is wearing but without the heel. This will provide cushion, support, and a much better quality of life.
He is already starting to develop sores on the bottom of his foot. 😞 He will need a temporary shoe until he can be casted at 8 months old. He cannot be fitted for a prosthetic now because he is a growing large breed puppy and his growth plates will keep developing until about 12 months old.
I’d like to try and raise money for the prosthetic which is between $800 – $900. This is something he will use for life.
Every few months the shoe will need to be sent in and inspected for wear and tear which is about $300.
We will also be taking Dash for his recheck appointments once every 4 to 8 weeks to make sure there are not anymore healing concerns.
Dash has a very good home lined up when he is ready, but I’d like to help get him started..
The open area on the bottom of his foot has closed and formed scar tissue.😊
If you’d like to donate towards Dash’s medical you can do so by going to our PayPal link on our website. Just put DASH in the note area! Thank you all so much!