Sommerset – Surgery Update

9/8/15 – sommersetpresurgery9:8:15Sommerset Update.. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to update on this brave princess. Today has been crazy:/ The doctor from Michigan State touched base with me earlier, and I’m happy to report surgery went well! Sommerset was resting comfortably afterwards:) I want to thank Michigan State University for helping us make this possible in more ways than one, and we are beyond comfortable with Sommerset being in their hands. I was at ease and impressed with the professionalism, compassion, and dedicated staff at MSU!! We might be picking her up tomorrow, so I’ll keep everyone posted!♡ Gina

Misfit Georgia

9/6/15 – 4 Paws 1 Heart was happy to help our good friends at Misfit Angels Rescue with Misfit Georgia’s heart worm treatment.  Here is her story:

misfitGeorgia9:6:15“This little skinny girl was picked up from 8 mile and Mound.. Very emaciated, had a litter recently and a very broken spirit.. NO babies were found in the area.. Left is the first day. Right is one week later.. Heartworm positive 😞 Misfit Georgia.”

Chance and His New Wheels

9/7/15 – Chance was rescued about six months ago from a high-kill shelter in Michigan. A volunteer at the shelter was able to pull him and have him neutered and vaccinated. Just a few days after being pulled from the shelter, Chance’s back legs became paralyzed. The rescuer posted a call for help and our great friend, Denise Najera, saw the posting and asked us if we could back her if she took Chance into her home. We said ‘yes’ and Chance’s new journey began. He’s been regularly seeing Dr. Kern ofPawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets for months receiving many forms of therapy and though he was making great progress, his leg muscles were just not strong enough and that is when it was decided to get him this cart. Since, he has been making great strides and was actually in his cart for 40 minutes the other day. Chance is a true inspiration. He is such a fighter; you can’t help but love him. Follow his journey on his own fb page A Second Chance For Chance. He has friends from all over the world. ~ Auntie Dichance9:6:15-- chance9:6:15

Samantha – Rehomed Only to Find a Life of Abuse and Injury

9/4/15 – Even with the greatest diligence, your re-homed pet could be in danger. A few days ago we received a frantic call from Samantha’s former mom. The former family had already spent almost $700 to take care of Samantha’s injuries but she still needed help with what appeared to be a dislocated jaw. The poor baby couldn’t eat solids and a tooth was sticking out. Thank you to the Warren citizen who didn’t turn her back. And thanks for the fact that Samantha was microchipped and was able to return to someone who would take care of her. We decided to help this baby after being assured that Angela and her family would be keeping her forever. Here is the story as written by the former (and now current) mom. The photo is from when Samantha was first adopted out and how she was found by the good Samaritan. Any time you question why good rescues are so ‘picky’, this is why. ~ diana

“During my pregnancy I became crazy allergic to Samantha, hives and everything. We had two cats and began searching to rehome. One kitty went with a friend, she is doing wonderful! Samantha was tougher to place. We tried all our friends and relatives, and ended up joining an animal re homing group on Facebook. A young lady was interested in Samantha. She was a mommy of one kitty already, and wanted another for her to be buddies with. We chatted for a couple of weeks, I wanted to make sure she was going to be well taken care of. She assured me she would. We met with the cats and I met her. She seemed super nice. The cats were a little apprehensive of each other, so we decided to do a trial period of 3 weeks and see how it went. If after the 3 weeks, she didn’t want her, we would take her back. We touched base after the three weeks and the cats weren’t best buddies yet, but she wanted to keep her and continue getting them used to each other and re- acclimated. That was my last contact with her.

Apparently, after about 4 months the cats still were not getting along so she gave Samantha to a friend who wanted her. She said that the friend was spoiling her and taking great care of her. The friend had her for about 6 months, at which time the friend and her boyfriend were looking for a new place to live, so they needed someone to cat sit while they moved. It was during this time, when Samantha was being cat sit, that she either escaped or was put out. I haven’t got into contact with the cat sitter, so I don’t know how she got out. The friend was apparently never notified that Sammie was missing. She was on the street for at least 3-4 weeks.
A good citizen in Warren found her hanging around her backyard and noticed that her paw was through her collar. She got her and took her to the vet. The vet scanned her for a chip and we were the number listed. None of the owners after us updated the information, so that’s how she landed back with us.
I think you know the rest from there. We got her arm repaired first and ran out of money. That’s when you amazing people came on board to help with the second portion. ~ Angela”


Sommerset – Being Scheduled for Surgery

9/4/15 – sommerset***9:4:15We are trying to raise $1000.00 by Sept. 7th. for Sommerset because she is in need of a surgery that is “time sensitive”.
She is about 6 weeks old now, and she was brought to us after being found on the street 3 weeks ago. During the first week doctors noticed that a couple of areas on her skin began to blister and slough off. We don’t know the exact reason why, but due to her happy puppy spirit and daily improvement we decided to “try” everything within our means one day at a time.

Her body was healing very quickly with the treatment plan, and she was doing wonderful! All of the sudden, last Saturday we hit a set back when her affected leg began to swell. The swelling has gotten slightly worse every day, and I of course began to panic. I have watched this puppy thrive, play, grow, and heal from an injury so unexpected that I couldn’t imagine losing her now. I took her home the day after she was found, to foster, and she is literally a treasure..

One of our doctors recommended going to Michigan State University to consult with a Board Certified Specialist in Wound Care, so that’s what we did. Today we met with the amazing staff at MSU and everyone just adored Sommerset. They strongly feel that she will have a 100% positive prognosis with this surgery.
They believe that her body created this scar tissue during her healing process, and as a result it has caused so much tension on the affected areas (chest, shoulder, leg) that it’s now acting as a tourniquet which is causing the severe swelling and edema.

Surgery is necessary to relieve the existing pressure, accelerate the healing, and allow for complete granulation. If we don’t do this we are risking cutting off the blood supply to her leg, causing serious nerve damage, pain, and she could ultimately lose her leg. If you can find it in your heart to help us give this foster puppy every possible chance please donate towards her surgery. We love her to pieces and we want her to live..
Here is the link to donate:

Thank you, Gina

4 Paws 1 Heart's photo.
4 Paws 1 Heart's photo.

Taco – Update

9/3/15 – Huge thank you to the “Advanced Animal Emergency Hospital”, for making this little boy better. Also, I want to thank the foster mom, Karen, for opening up her home and giving him tons of love at a moments notice. We are blessed to be able to help give animals like this one a 2nd chance because of donations from YOU. Thank you to all who continue to support our mission! ♡ ~ ginaTaco9:3:15