Angel – Rescued From a Culvert

10/29/12  A couple of months ago, 4 Paws 1 Heart, was contacted by one of our dear friends, Minnie Gamble.  Her friend had found a kitten stuck in a culvert at the end of her drive-way and couldn’t get it out.  4P1H offered to pay medical bills (including spaying) once the kitten was rescued and adopted.  Well, as you can see from the Cheryl’s e-mail, the kitten was finally rescued and now it’s time for spaying.  You should know that Cheryl and her husband have adopted this little sweetheart and although their resident cat isn’t thrilled right now, I’m sure that things will work out for the best.  Thank God for such caring people.
Here is Cheryl’s e-mail along with some photos. ~ diana

“Here are a few pictures of Angel.  Her mouth and nose are healing good. Its actually a miracle we have her because I never walk out to my driveway. It took us 2 days to get her out of the culvert but we got her. It’s funny because my son and daughter-in-law had just flown in, I was telling Marlene what was going on and we could not get her. They did not even take the suitcases out of the car, went right to the culvert with bag chairs and sat there until they finally got her, took about 4 hours but they got her. And they are dog people! Cannot find the picture of everyone sitting at the end of the driveway waiting to get her, it’s a cute picture.Thank you for everything! ~ Cheryl

Lisa Taylor – Animal Control Officer

4P1H is happy to continue our support for a phenomenal Animal Control Officer, Lisa Taylor. Lisa works above and beyond the call of duty to save cats and dogs who would otherwise be euthanized. We have established a veterinarian account for Lisa so that animals needing immediate assistance can be helped. ~ diana

The Paws Clinic for TNR Friends

4P1H is not only about helping the living but doing everything we can to reduce the number of stray cats being born. Consequently, we have set up an account with The Paws Clinic for use by our TNR friends for use in neutering/spaying. There are hundreds of thousands more cats being born and living ‘invisibly’ in neighborhoods with life expectancies of less than 3 years. The issues of stray/abandoned dogs and cats are very different and we never want to lose sight of the need to make a difference in the feline world. ~ diana

Hercules Update

Hi everyone!

Boy, have I had a fun week!  I got to go school and hydrotherapy and went for lots of walks too.  Today, I competed in my very first CHU (Canines & Humans United) Rally event at Dog Zone, which was very exciting.  There were so many new things in the ring because it was decorated for Halloween, so I was a little distracted.  Plus, there were more people and dogs than usual for when I work out.  I didn’t pay as much attention to mom in the ring, but we got it done anyhow and everyone said that I got good marks!  I qualified in both my runs and got ribbons for this — I only missed 4th place by 1 point in the 1st run (although I walked better in the 2nd run).  I also got a ribbon for Best Halloween costume in the costume contest today — I wore my skeleton outfit that you saw last week.

Don’t forget to come visit me at People, Pets & Vets this Saturday, November 3rd from 11am-3pm at Macomb Community College at M-59/Garfield!  I heard that it is a great place for kids and I love kids!

Hercules (& Dr. K)

Dr. Tari Kern
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Tari Kern, DVM, CVMA, CCRP
Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets

Black Finn Fundraiser

4 Paws 1 Heart is humbled by the outpouring of support from our rescue friends, our families, and our personal friends at last night’s fundraiser at the Blackfinn.  We had 120 people show up!!  From the reaction of the Blackfinn staff, I think it may have been one the largest turnouts for one of their fundraisers.  It was so much fun to meet Cannoli’s mom, Jimmy’s foster dad, rescue friends who I’ve only ‘talked’ to on Facebook, like the ladies of Dog Aide 2012.  A huge hug and thank you to all of our other rescue heroes — Loveabull Paws Rescue, Heroes for Homeless Animals, Misfit Angels Rescue, and NBS Animal Rescue.  Lisa Taylor and Kim, Warren Animal Control Officers were also there and they told me that Kim will now be working in Eastpointe and that Matthew V. has moved on to Sterling Heights.  We will certainly be there for Kim.  And, it was great to see Hercules’ mom and dad, Tari and Chris, and we’ll look forward to hanging out with them and Hercules at the People, Pets, and Vets event on November 3 at MCC.  I can’t forget Gordon Shell and his wife Kim and how great it was for them to show up and mingle with everyone.  We wish him the very best in his efforts to stop animal cruelty and support our fur babies.

I also want to thank my friend Denny and my bff, Tony, for working the door and giving me the opportunity to take care of our guests.  If I forgot someone, please forgive me.  It was just such a great night and we’re thrilled to be able to continue our mission to treat the abandoned and stray animals.  I look forward to seeing many of you at your fundraising events. ~ diana

NBS Rescue

NBS Animal Rescue

Please help us welcome Madeline, Makayla, and Camryn to NBS Animal Rescue!!

These incredibly adorable 5 week old Shih Tzu/Poodle/Pekingese pups came to NBSAR from our fantastic friends at 4 Paws 1 Heart when their mother tragically died during puppy birth and their four siblings were still born. 4 Paws 1 Heart’s tremendously amazing, incredibly awesome Operations Manager Gina cared for these bab

ies around the clock tube feeding them and then weaning them onto a bottle during the first few weeks of their life.

Madeline, Makayla, and Camryn are settling in well to our wonderful puppy foster home and are doing great with their antibiotics for a mild upper respiratory tract infection they developed a while back as very young pups. Each one of them is at a different spot developmentally and they each have unique personalities!

Madeline is the smallest of the bunch, weighing just under a pound. This sweet little girl just wants love – lots and lots of love! She’s the mild mannered one of the bunch, loves to be snuggled in your hands, and is content falling asleep in your lap! She is also the most under-developed of the bunch having no teeth yet (they are JUST starting to push through the gums), still teetering around as she tries to run, and still unable to effectively lap enough formula from a dish. She very much enjoys her bottle feedings 6 times a day as it incorporates snuggling in warm hands! Madeline has black and brown fur with white tips on her hind legs.

Makayla is the independent, all American girl puppy! She loves to snuggle in your hands – on her terms – and is then quickly off romping around with her brother! She has teeth that are just barely poking through her gums, is running around with her brother, albeit still a bit unsteady and wobbly, and is able to lap up formula from a dish, but still isn’t able to get enough puppy mush on her own. She too is enjoying bottle feedings 4 times a day as we encourage her to lap up puppy formula on her own. She’s a spunky little gal who loves to explore! Makayla has black and brown fur with white tips on her front legs.

Camryn is the lone male out of the bunch and he is by far the most advanced developmentally. Interestingly enough, Camryn was born the smallest of the three pups and Gina wasn’t sure he would pull through the first few weeks of his life. This chunky little fella has several chompers, has no problem eating puppy mush or lapping up formula from a dish (although he enjoys a final drink of formula after his sisters get done with their bottles), and is off romping, playing, exploring, and is starting to show interest in playing with toys. He also loves to snuggle! This silly fella sleeps on his back and as he dreams his little paws “run” until he kicks one of his sisters and they get upset and then he rolls back over! Camryn has black fur with a patch of white on his chin, front feet, and a tiny spot on his back!

Although these sweethearts will not be available for adoption until they are 9 weeks old and have received two doses of their DHPP vaccine, we are accepting applications for these sweethearts now. If you are interested in adopting Madeline, Makayla, or Camryn, please visit our website at to fill out an online adoption application.

We would like to send out a huge PAWS UP to our friends at 4 Paws 1 Heart for giving these sweethearts the best possible chance at a healthy and happy life and for trusting us to continue the high quality of care they received early on in their lives and find amazing fur-ever homes for each of these sweethearts. If you would like to make a donation on Madeline, Makayla, or Camryn’s behalf, please visit the 4 Paws 1 Heart website at

Stay tuned for more pictures of these sweet little pups! This picture was taken shortly after their bath, lunch, and puppy wipe down of their faces after enjoying a feast of puppy mush and formula!

Angels Supporting Animals Presents Check

And this is why we are able to help so many of our rescue friends and continue to fund medical bills for the abandoned and abused — Our new friends from Angels Supporting Animals presented the 4 Paws 1 Heart Board with a check from their  recent fundraiser where 4P1H was a lucky recipient. Deborah Vitale, founder of ASA, is the owner of A Pet’s Pal and I encourage all of you to check out the Facebook pages and the websites. The mission of ASA is to help raise funds for other animal advocacy groups — a true Godsend when you consider that the rescue groups spend so much of their free time actually rescuing. We look forward to future fundraising events to help other groups in our region. (Missing from this photo are Gina DeLuca and Cynthia Wojtowycz, and Darlene Chiappetta) THANK YOU ~ diana



Here I am with the Board of Angels Supporting Animals. ~ diana

Cruelty of Dog Fighting

Please take the time to read this and share this. It will turn your stomach but it’s important for people to know the cruelty of dog fighters, including Michael Vick.

Animal Legal Defense Fund  Animal Fighting Case Study: Michael Vick 

Please contact Speaker Bolger (Michigan) and tell him that you want Senate Bills 356, 357, and 358 to be scheduled for vote on the House floor. These have already been passed in the Senate. If passed in the house, the bills will go to the Governor for signing. These bills are sponsored by Senators Bieda, Jones, and Johnson. ~ diana