Our mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats & dogs by paying for needed medical treatment and assisting with the permanent placement of these animals through our partnerships with local rescue groups.
4 Paws 1 Heart is happy to help Ode who is in the caring hands of Sharon Gorski of K9 Resque. Lots of prayers for his quick recovery. ~ diana
HE went to the vet today, and we found out that he is most likely a Powder Puff Chinese Crested. He is at least between 8-10 years of age… he has cataracts, and he has a yeast infection in his ears.. he has some minor skin allergies on his skin.. He needs several teeth pulled, as he is not able to chew anything, he has kennel cough…. and he has a heart murmur… he needs an ultra sound done to determine what is causing the heart murmur this will help us determine if he can be out under anesthesia to get his teeth pulled and neutered.
UPDATE:::::He is able to eat a mush of canned dog food, sweet potatoes and warm water…… And he even with a day’s worth of meds he is on the mend….. just imagine what he will be like when he is 100% better….
Hercules had both of his back legs purposely broken as discipline for getting into the garbage. He was taken away from his owner who was charged with cruelty and received 12 months, non-report probation. Today he is in the hands of 4 Paws 1 Heart, an organization started August 18, 2010 which funds medical treatment for abandoned, abused, and stray companion animals.
Hercules Update: I went to visit Hercules at his hydro-therapy session on Tuesday. He is getting so tall I couldn’t believe it. He’s also starting to take chances that he shouldn’t take in climbing around on things. We have to remember he is a puppy and he forgets his limitations. Also, I think the fact that he’s hanging around with 4 cats is rubbing off on him. He will again be staying with Gina for about a week and will be getting neutered during that time. He is also going to be scheduled for some behavioral training. Hercules continues to be one happy puppy. ~ diana
Hercules had lots of fun in this session (6/21/12) as he retrieved a couple toys in the water. He swam with the toys in his mouth like a pro! Dr. Kern has some photos that I hope she shares as she participated in the session with us yesterday. ~ Lori Jobak, 4 Paws Health & Wellness.
6/22/12 Olive was fostered by Gina until Hercules required Gina’s attention in mid-May. She then went to stay with Carrie Krausmann of Lil’ Dogs Resort ang received lots of love and attention and met many new friends. The parents of one of the dogs who would stay at the resort fell in love with Olive and on June 12 she was adopted. We’ve added a photo of Olive with her new BFF, Bailey. ~ diana
Hercules Update: Hercules is doing very well. He is such a good boy. The cats are adjusting slowly and he is being very patient although he would really like to play with them. He is catching on nicely to the routine here and his exercises — will do anything for food! We have to watch him closely – he puts everything in his mouth (grass,sticks, cat toys!). He also likes to try to romp around with toys as expected, but we have to try to limit this a bit. Poor guy, he just wants to be a puppy, but if allowed to overdo it he will limp more later. This is a consistent feature, so we are taking everything slowly. He would rather set the pace, but he seems to pay a price for too much freedom sometimes.
His rehabilitation therapy is staggered out through the day to pace his endurance and also to burn some puppy energy along the way. He is getting massages frequently (which he really seems to like. We take short leash walks 4 to 5 times daily. He is learning basic words and commands – he is a quick study! House training is really coming along well too. He is doing some weight shifting and balance work along with some slow steps and inclines. We vary it to keep it interesting for him. He also gets some therapeutic laser and acupuncture. He goes to hydrotherapy twice weekly also. He has quite the busy schedule! He is looking forward to starting obedience classes next week.
I have finally sorted through the pile of photos and videos accumulated so far! He is quite the ham! I will attach photos and videos in multiple messages, so that they make it through.
Chris and I are truly enjoying having Hercules here and watching the new stuff he figures out each day. ~ Dr. Tari Kern
Update: June 21, 2012. Just wanted to let everyone know that the little Torti who was being fostered by Gina has now been taken in by our friends at A Rejoyceful Rescue. If you are interested in adopting this little cutie, please ‘like’ their page and get in touch with them. Thank You, Michelle! ~ diana
June 19, 2012 This Tori kitten was brought in by a lady who found her. 4 Paws 1 Heart tested her for feluk/ fiv = negative and dewormed her. She is super sweet and about 10 weeks old. At this time Gina is fostering her and needs a name.
Update Snap Update: June 19, 2012 – Snap has been taken in by the Michigan Animal Adoption Network.
June 6, 2012, Snap was an owner surrender due to financial reasons. He was blocked meaning he couldn’t urinate because of an obstruction in his bladder. 4 paws 1 heart paid for the medical care and procedures to unblock Snap. He then required major surgery prevent him from blocking again, and to survive. Snap is doing great now and looking for a foster or a rescue group to find him a loving home. Approx. 1 year old, MN, tabby, and front declawed…
Lori Jobak of 4Paws Health & Wellness provided this update on our Hercules: “I would like to provide a Hercules update: He had had his fifth 15-minute session and is doing well. He is “all puppy” and has a very short attention span but those “delicious treats” help to keep him focused and motivated. His physical canine rehab partner joined us in the water yesterday. Hercules has limited range of motion in his rear legs due to his limitations from his abuse but he is ‘swimming’ with them and his front legs are doing well in the water! Next to having my face slobbered with his kisses, it is a joy working with this beautiful boy!!”