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.