Emma Snow Feeling and Looking Much Better

Remember Emma(Snow), she is 90% better than when she came in back in November 2012. We continue to work with the vets to control her allergies.  But the basic issue she came in with was an allergy to flea saliva.  The former owners treated her with Hartz products which have been known to burn the skin, even cause neurological problems resulting in death.
Emma was on a food elimination diet for eight weeks to determine if the remainder of her allergies were due to common proteins and grains so often found in cat food.  She is now off that diet and is receiving steroid shots along with allergy medicine. We continue to monitor her progress and hope to have her spayed soon and available for adoption.  Foster Mom Cynthia.


Lewis is sick and needed medical help!

Lewis is sick and our friends at Better Life Canine Center needed help!! Lewis was saved from a shelter, went through Heartworm Treatment a few months ago, and is now sick :-(. He’s was tested to determine if he still has a few live heartworms, and for some reason he’s lethargic, vomitting, and has other stomach problems too. 4 Paws 1 Heart is happy to send some medical dollars to help Lewis.


1/26/13 Patton was rescued from under an overpass last Fall after being spotted by an ambulance who called Dog Aide 2012 – Community Awareness to assist. Dog Aide 2012 rescued Patton and took him to a veterinarian for urgent treatment. Patton was in rough shape and it was apparent he had been hit by a vehicle. He was missing a toe and had a shattered hip. He is currently with a foster Mom who is taking care of him while he continues to recover.

Dog Aide 2012 – Community Awareness is an excellent organization and one whom 4 Paws 1 Heart has assisted with medical funds many times in the past.  In the case of Patton, 4 Paws 1 Heart is very pleased to pay for Patton’s hydrotherapy sessions with Lori Jobak of 4Paws Health & Wellness to aid in and optimize his recovery.  Patton has just begun his journey with his swims and Lori’s goal is to get him in the best place possible as his hip continues to mend and fuse together.  4P1H is pleased to provide medical funds for services which will help in the full recovery of a companion animal and that which will help in finding that animal a permanent, loving home. ~ diana

Freeze Your Franny

1/27/13 I want to again thank the Utica Education Association’s Staywell Committee and the Utica Para Professionals Association for including us as recipients in the Freeze Your Fanny 5k run/walk fundraiser today. 4 Paws 1 Heart was well represented and I thank our Board members and their friends and family for the support and I thank our 4 Paws 1 Heart friends who were there. Here’s a photo of my family because like I always say — “A family who freezes their fanny together, stays together.” ~ diana

Jessica’s Kitten Looking for Her Furever Home

1/27/13 Jessica, a facebook friend of 4 Paws 1 Heart, contacted us about this sweet 7-month-old kitten who had been showing up outside her home. Jessica set up some shelter on her porch but had noticed that the kitten’s eye seemed to have a problem. 4 Paws 1 Heart offered to help having the eye checked and with spaying and vaccinations. Through Jessica and her husband’s dedication, the ‘kitten’ was captured, spayed and vaccinated (vaccinations paid by Jessica and husband), and the little one is doing great. She is looking for a permanent home. ~ diana

Ruby Got Adopted

Foster mom to Ruby (Joanne) in the middle, and now proud parents on the ends..  Huge thanks to Joanne for your love and commitment to many  of our 4 paws 1 heart animals. Joanne is also the one that rescued Snickers and brought him to us for emergency medical care.  She is GREAT!!! ~ Gina

R.I.P. Sweet Annie

It is with a very heavy heart that I post the following from Gina ~ diana:
“R.I.P. Sweet Annie…
Our sweet Annie was humanely euthanized the other evening because she was getting progressively worse.  It was a heartbreaking decision but she let me know it was time.  Annie had no further will to live; I think her spirit began to die that day, January 15, 2013,  when she was hit by a car.
When Annie arrived to the emergency, it took us several hours just to stabilize her because her body was ‘crashing’ from being in a critical state of shock.  She had at least seven broken ribs, nerve damage in her leg, a broken tooth, and trauma to her liver, and probably more that we don’t even know existed.  Maybe I should have let her go then but I would have always wondered if we could have saved her.  I wanted to try for her and for the sake of finding her owners and giving them the chance to continue her care or say goodbye to her.

4 Paws 1 Heart is about giving animals like Annie a second chance.  Funding for medical care is very expensive and a ‘stray’ animal is generally put down immediately because of cost and the lack of an owner.  This is where our group has been fortunate enough to make miracles happen for injured stray animals.

Annie had a guarded to grave prognosis from the start but we did everything in our power to save her life.  We really believed that with love and everyone’s prayers, she could recover.  But, her injuries were too severe.  After eight days of intensive care, Annie officially gave up and I couldn’t let her suffer.  The doctors did all they could do and said that we went above and beyond for her, so I knew we made the right decision.

I got down and held her tightly, kissed her on her forehead, and told her what a special, sweet girl she was as she slipped away in my arms.  No more pain…

Our group wants to thank all of you for your support and for all of the prayers you said for Annie during her hospitalization.  I will never forget her. ~ Gina”

Annabelle: Protect Your Pet

This story occurred last week-end but because we wanted to protect the dog, we wanted to control the information but now we have the story and the happy ending.

A personal and 4 Paws 1 Heart friend who has adopted a couple of homeless kittens and dogs, found this senior German shepherd mix roaming the streets of Detroit. Although the dog appeared to be well taken care of, there was no collar or identification tags. After searching through the area, he took the dog home, contacted us, and proceeded to try to locate the owner through “For the Love of Louie” and a Craigs List posting. 4 Paws 1 Heart agreed to cover the medical costs for the dog to be taken to the vet for a check up (as well as check for a micro chip). And our friend paid for Front line application.

Our friend took the dog to the vet and the female dog was found to be about 10-12 years old, very arthritic, had a bloated belly making her appear pregnant, unspayed, and with a mammary tumor. Our friend kept the very sweet and friendly dog in his home while still trying to find the owner and then, miraculously, the dog’s owner ended up going to the emergency to see if the staff had seen a dog meeting their lost dog’s description. Through what we feel is fate, Gina happened to be in the ‘front’ and heard the conversation and everything the people said met the description of the dog found by our friend.

The bottom line — Yes, this beautiful sweet dog did belong to the people who just happened to walk into the emergency at the right time. They had been searching for a week but didn’t know about media like “Louie’s” or Craigs List. After carefully making sure of the ownership and Gina having a very serious discussion with the owners about their responsibilities, the family and dog were reunited.

Although we all had some consternation about the fact that this very mild-mannered dog had not been spayed and not properly tagged, the bottom line is that this dog did belong to a family and, outside of the medical issues, seemed to have been well taken care of and loved. The family and the dog, our friend named her Annabelle, left with a collar with the family’s number on the inside and a stern warning that should the dog get lost again, they may never see her again.

The obvious moral to the story is to make sure that your pets are always secured on your property. Never leave it to chance that all gates are closed and locked. You never know when a meter reader or others may inadvertently leave a gate open; watch for holes dug under you fence; and most importantly spay/neuter, microchip, and have an identification tag and collar on your pet. ~ diana

Milo was abandoned … needs a furever home.

1/26/13 – This is Milo who was abandoned. His owner moved out and left him with the roommate who booted him out in the cold. Concerned neighbors took to feeding him and worried about him fending for himself and freezing. They were afraid to bring him into their home because they have their own cats. 4 Paws 1 Heart paid for his examination and vaccinations.  Assured that he would be safe to bring into their home, the neighbors brought this little guy into their home and will provide shelter, food, and love while they look to find him a permanent home. ~ Gina