Medical Dollars going to Patton

Medical dollars going to Patton: 4 Paws 1 Heart is happy to help Patton, rescued by our friends at Dog Aide 2012 – Community Awareness and two EMS workers; one of whom is the brother of a very good 4P1H friend, Danielle. (Danielle is the mom of Bert who was rescued during the summer).~ diana

Meet Patton, Jen & I along with two awesome Detroit ems guys picked him up off an overpass. He is emaciated, missing half a foot and appears to have a broken leg. We are headed to our vet now. Update and more pictures to follow. Mel b

Saddened News….Angel Lost the Battle Today

This is from Missi Bellottie of Detroit Bully Corps just in case our 4P1H friends are not following the Angel and Shiner facebook page. ~ diana
Update 11/22/12 9:30pm 
It was with a deeply saddened and angry heart that we informed the world that Angel lost the battle today. As I kissed her head and told her how much everyone loved her, with a steady stream of tears, I promised her that with my anger filled heart I would fight for justice. With that being said…..We ordered a Necropsy so that we could document everything. Right now we

 are compiling all the evidence and will be taking it to the DA . I made a promise that sweet innocent soul that her death would not be in vain. I will make this a personal mission to see that the “person” that did this to her will pay. I will seek tougher laws for people like her.During her Necropsy it was found that our little Angel passed from a perforated esophagus. This lining of the esophagus was so thin that you could see through it. There was about 6” of damage but only one perforation. You ask why was there damage and perforation? It was due to her not having food for a long period of time and the stomach acid eating away at it. 
Please continue to follow their page as we, will be updating about Shiner and the future court case.

Rest In Pease my sweet Angel. Run Free and Never go hungry again.

Love you 

Saving Angel and Shiner

4 Paws 1 Heart is happy to send some medical dollars for our friends at Detroit Bully Corp in their efforts to save Angel and Shiner. ~ diana

“These two sweet souls were spared today… Many will perish tonight, but a collective Community effort has secured the lives of these two beautiful spirits. Always room for growth, always a need for education… Always be willing to give freely… “It takes a village”

Ginger: A Touching Story


“Meet Ginger, the newest Vigilante Dog Rescue dog. Only one year old, Ginger has seen none of the good things in life- but has seen just about all of the bad. Covered in bite wounds and scars in all stages of healing, chunks missing from one ear, the other torn halfway off her head, this sweet, gentle, beautiful soul was involved in fighting- whether as bait or a match dog, we may never know. What we do know is that on top of the ear half torn from her head that will need surgically amputated if unable to heal on its own- which is not looking very likely considering the rest of her physical state and how severely malnourished she is- she has many other issues both physical and mental that are breaking our hearts- and bank- to treat. But no matter what it takes, no matter the cost both monetary and emotional, we will not turn our backs on this scared girl who has already been so horrifically victimized by mankind. Our director, Lauren, drove her out to the incredible Jeremy Burgess’ house yesterday, where her new life has just begun, and the whole way there Ginger alternated between sleeping with her head in Lauren’s lap and looking out the windows with a look on her face that could only be described as awestruck, as though she simply could not believe she was in a warm car, with gentle humans, safe and secure on a cold autumn day- rather than being harassed by free-roaming owned male dogs while she tried frantically to lick clean a fried chicken bucket as she was when Lauren came upon her. So meet Ginger, starving, in terrible shape, in need of vetting, rehab, and plain old love and protection. Meet the face of pit bulldog rescue. The victim of the darkest forms of human entertainment. The reason we rescue and the reason we fight for this most abused, misused, misunderstood, and ignorantly feared breed. Looking at Ginger, at the scars covering her throat, face, head, ears, legs, chest, and flanks, you realize who the REAL monster is. And it sure isn’t the pit bull

Welcome Chelsea to NBS

It’s truly a wonderful thing when animal advocacy groups can keep their focus on the animal and work together towards one goal. I truly admire the rescue groups who we have been fortunate enough to help. May God always watch over them. ~ diana

Please help us welcome Chelsea to NBS Animal Rescue! This poor little girl was found by a wonderful supporter who contacted us to see if we could help give this little lady some much needed TLC. 

Chelsea was so badly matted and dirty that 

she couldn’t move freely, was barely able to see around the matted fur on her nose and face, had horrendously painful mats in her armpit area, her tail was completely matted to the bone with lots of burs, sticks and dirt stuck to her fur. Her ears were 2-3 times as thick as they should be because of the matting on both the outside and the inside of her ear canal, and the poor darling had matted fur that made a sort of “boot” around all of her paws that left her paw pads completely covered and long nails poking through starting to curl under. 

She was kind enough to let our volunteers try to remove some of the burs, but it was quickly evident that in order to help this little one feel better she was going to need to be completely shaved under anesthesia to help her avoid the pain of removing the mats. 

Our wonderful friends at 4 Paws 1 Heart very kindly agreed to help us get Chelsea the grooming care she needed so that we could further assess her medical needs. The amazingly awesome Gina and staff at the Animal Urgent and Critical Care Center anesthetized Chelsea and worked diligently for over an hour to carefully remove the severely matted fur that was causing Chelsea so much pain. 

After waking up from her anesthesia Chelsea was a MUCH happier girl – she got down on the vet’s office floor, ran around the room, hopped up on our volunteers legs to say hello, shook off the remaining little fluffy hairs, and wagged her tail like all was well with the world again! 

Chelsea is HW negative, received her DHPP and Rabies vaccine, and visited the wonderful folks at Bingo Pet Salon today for a bath and nail trim. Because Chelsea’s matting was so incredibly severe and painful, she has a bit of a patchy coat right now as some areas of her body had to be shaved down to the skin just to remove the mats as they were literally pulling her skin taught. Once Chelsea’s bruises, minor scabs, and skin irritation begins to heal and her her starts to re-grow our friends at Bingo will giver her a full body groom to even her out and make her even more beautiful than she already is.

Chelsea slept well after her big day, and is happily romping with her foster fur friends, enjoying playing with new toys, and doing well with figuring out this potty outside thing. =)

Chelsea will be available for adoption after her vetting is completed next week. She’s a sweet little lady who sends her love out to Jess, the wonderful woman who found her and sought help for her, Gina and the staff at AUCC for making her so much more comfortable, 4 Paws 1 Heart for generously covering the anesthesia fee and vet visit to help this little one feel no more pain, and Bingo Pet Salon for their patience and gentle touch.


Rescue Needed for Elliot

CAN SOMEONE TAKE IN THIS LITTLE SWEETHEART?? So we have a new kitten named Elliot. He was dumped in the Target parking lot tonight beside the vehicle of a woman who lives in Harper Woods. When she arrived at her car, she saw a kitten who had been placed in a carrier with no one around. She brought the kitten into the Emergency and I offered to sign him over to 4 Paws 1Heart. We checked him out and he has a little cold. He is otherwise fine and tested negative for feluk/fiv. If there are any rescues available this kitten is a LOVER!! ~ Gina

Great News! Jack Got Adopted!!

A 4 Paws 1 Heart friend, Robyn, came to us needing some medical assistance for a beautiful cat she had rescued from outdoors. This poor little guy had to visit the doctor a few times but now he is healthy and ready for his forever home. Robyn contacted us with the good news. Here’s her note. ~ diana

“Great news! Jack got adopted! I found a wonderful family on Craig’s list. He will be living with an older retired couple and their 21 year old granddaughter. He will also have a cat companion to play with! I sure hope it works out. I fostered him for a few months, and before that he lived his life outdoors. He will never have to find shelter or food again! Thank you so much Diana, and thank you Gina for helping him at the vet!!”

Holiday Hootinane 50/50

Our friend, Joe’l Tebbe-Francois, has selected 4 Paws 1 Heart to be the recipient of the 50/50 raffle she has annually at her Christmas party. I’ve attached their Raffle flyer in case any of our friends are interested in buying some raffle tickets. Thank You so much, Joe’l. ~ diana

Stella and Spike

11-6/7-12 Stella & Spike were rescued 24 hours apart from each other. Both of these pups came to Heroes for Homeless Animals in rough shape. Spike was found as a stray at a local business on Nov. 6th. This poor guy was freezing cold, emaciated, coughing, and had bite wounds all over his body. Poor Spike had been used as a chew toy and he is only 4 months old. He has an upper respiratory infection along with a skin infection. Spike also has a (possibly) broken tail which is causing him a lot of pain. He is now on antibiotics and pain meds to help him recover. Spike is super sweet and submissive! He loves to give hugs and love on his people. He will be available in a couple weeks.

Stella was rescued about 24 hours later. She was found as a stray. She was spotted as she was searching for food. Stella is approx 6-7 months old and a dark brindle (possible) whippet mix. She is only 20 lbs and beause of her age will probably not reach 40 lbs. Stella is healthy overall other than the large pussing wound she has around her neck. Our vet feels as if Stella was strangled with a small rope or wire. She is doing amazingly well. Stella loves people, but is curoius and a bit nervious when meeting new dogs. She will be available in a couple weeks.