Sassy and Abigail – Left Behind When Their Owners Moved

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 12:17:19 Abigail 12:17:19

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Deevo – RIP – Rescued Before His Owner Took Him to a Shelter But He Couldn’t Be Saved

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
deevo w:amy 1:23:20

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Hope and Faith – Found Under a Porch; Hope’s Eye Will Need Removal; Faith Was Able to Heal With Medication

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 w:julianna sylvester 12:5:20 faith 12:6:19

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Milky (aka Momma Kitty) – Tossed Out When Her Family Moved

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 kitty 9:18:19 w:megan

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Dahlia – Pulled from a Local Shelter With 3 Breaks in Her Tail

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
P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
dahlia w:megan blass 12:28:19dahlia 12:28:19 wmegan

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Sebastian, Sylvester, Little Girl, Buddy – Rescued From the Streets

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 w:michele lang 8:19:19 sylvester w:dee n 7:8:19 little girl w:ch 9:9:19 buddy w:doreen hankins 10:22:19

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Jasper – Another Trip to the Emergency Room

1/19/20 – It’s Jasper’s miracle weekend. This little fighter just keeps getting better. Just as with Carla, Chance, Hercules, Dash, Ali, and so many others, he may have a journey ahead of him but we are there for him. Your donations make a difference! – diana

 “Gooood morning Team, Happy Sunday!!! Look how far Jasper has come from the night he rode home in a box from the emergency room (2 trips) to this pic of him practicing his Proper Kittyloaf!!! He’s doing fantastic thanks to 4 Paws 1 Heart and his awesome Drs he’s starting to walk again! But he’s always in his crate (still on strict crate rest) except for one hour a night mom brings him upstairs and he has a ball playing in her bedroom…on the carpet. Last night mom let him go in the kitty room where theres wooden floors and the kitchen where there tile and he was like Bambi on ice..legs all going everywhere! Clearly, he still has a ways to go and this is where Dr. Kern and her staff comes in. Jasper has an appt with Dr. Kern on the 30th and his fine tuning will start . Then it will soon be back to Dr. Z for shots & neuter and finally, he will be ready to find his Forever Home!!! 
Sooo much love, care and medical goes into some of these babies like Jasper It could never happen without the donations to 4 Paws 1 Heart. Thankyou all who donate to help us keep helping these sweet, deserving animals like Jasper.
Every life deserves a Second Chance – Mom”jasper-1:19:20 jasper--1:19:20 jasper 1:19:20
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Piper – Living in the Woods But Saved Through the Relentless Efforts of Two Women

1/17/20 – I know this story is a little long but this journey just needed to be shared. Thank God for the rescuers. I just can’t (and don’t want to) imagine what this dog has gone through in her life and what would have happened to her if these young women wouldn’t have been so dedicated. After hearing this story and seeing this beautiful face, I couldn’t say ‘no’. Please say a little prayer for a positive outcome and hug your fur baby just a little longer, and be thankful that your pet is warm and loved during what appears to be another tough weekend of cold and snow in our area. ~ diana

“Good afternoon my name is Emily Schaff. I have recently taken in a stray dog who now goes by the name Piper. I am currently a nursing student and not working so I can focus on my studies. I was seeing if I could receive any assistance for vet bills for this poor pup. First let me tell you the story of this poor girl. July is when I first saw her. She is a polish hound or hound mix we believe. I would see her on my game cameras every once in awhile. I live in China,MI in the country. I kept seeing this dog and it broke my heart. The first photos from the game cameras showed how emaciated she was. Eventually neighbors in about a 5 square mile radius were seeing her. Another woman and myself posted pictures on Facebook and eventually we had a woman (Sharon Hansen) from macomb come out to help capture this girl. Just before my semester ended, the first week of December is when Sharon came out with a big live trap. During the week of my finals I would get up every morning and night to refresh the trap. We were close but unfortunately she never went in. The trap moved to various houses. We tried it at my house but still no luck. We made fliers and printed them off and handed them out. We were in touch with animal control the whole time. I gave up every single day of my break in between semesters trying to get her to safety. We wrote down all her sightings over the 5 week period to get an idea of her daily routes. We had feeding stations set up at my house in hopes we could get a different type of trap. It took her 3 weeks before she would even touch the food us humans left out for her. Last Tuesday was my last day I could devote to trying to capture her. So Sharon and I set up the collarum snare trap at 12pm. We said we would give it until 9pm since this trap had to be monitored the whole entire time it was set. At 8:40pm, 20 minutes before we were going to give up the trap went off!! I can’t even explain what I felt at that moment! I ran so fast to the back of the woods to that trap. I was so scared! Scared I’d didn’t work, scared she got out.. but when I walked up I saw this beautiful pup that stole my heart 7 months ago when I first saw her! I cried!! I couldn’t even believe that we finally got her on my last day! I was just in shock. She just stood there almost like she was relieved. It was a good thing we got her that night. It was so cold and windy that night. For 7 months at least this poor dog was all alone fighting to survive. There are so many coyotes in our area. I am grateful she survived. The next day we took her to animal control for vaccinations and then straight to the vet because we noticed her leg was injured. We got xrays done and the vet assumed she was hit by a car. She had a lot of scar tissue built up around her left hip and it was permanently dislocated. Riverview veterinary (Dr. Robyn) said she needed an FOH surgery. We did some research and decided to take her to see an orthopedic surgeon in Flint. His name is Dr. Degner. We see him February 7th at 11am. That was the soonest he could see her. That is her surgery consultation. Piper is estimated to only be a year to a year and a half old. Due to me being in school I am unable to pay for all of her vet bills. I started a little fundraiser on Facebook and have raised about $1,500 so far. I was hoping I could maybe receive some assistance for her. I just know that she deserves the surgery. She deserves to be in no pain. This poor girl has zero human contact, was outside her whole life, and was never shown love! I officially adopted her yesterday when her stray hold was up. I did her stray hold because I knew going to animal control for that would be too scary for her. It will take months for her to heal. Decompression for her will take a long time but I have so much time to devote to her. I love this girl with my entire heart. I want to give her a great life. I’ve already gotten to see her wag her tail for the first time (I cried) and she even tried to play. Right now she is taking pain meds to keep her comfortable until we see her surgeon. Thank you so incredibly much for considering us!
Emily Schaff and Piper”piper0 1:17:20 piper---1:17:20 piper--1:17:20 piper-----1:17:20 piper==1:17:20 piper===1::17:20 piper 1:17:20

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Dash – Goes to See Dr. Kern of Pawsitive Steps

1/18/20 dash 1:17:20Dash 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!

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Leo – Goes HOME!!

leo--1:16:20leo---1:16:20leo 1:16:201/16/20 – Great News!!! After 3 days of fluids with lots of in-hospital care including force feeding and antibiotics, the great staff at Center Line Veterinary reported that little Leo is bouncing off the wall and eating and drinking and having normal bowel movements. This past Monday he was put on oral antibiotics and was vaccinated and dewormed. His rescuer is ecstatic!!! Miracles can happen when a village comes together. – diana w:center line 1:10:20

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