12/30/15 – Almost $130,000 paid in medical bills for 805 cats, 117 dogs, and 90 animals who were treated through the emergency hospital where Gina works. I say “almost” because as we approach the end of the year, animals are still going into veterinarians being helped. Here is a message we received the other day.Thankfully, because of you, both dogs will be seeing the doctor this week. We can’t promise we will be able to help with a hip issue or even a heart worm issue but we can commit to making sure these animals are no longer in pain, are vaccinated, will no longer be used for breeding for someone’s financial gain, and will have a safe and happy life from here on out: ~ diana
“On Christmas Eve my friend and I were on our way to deliver Xmas cookies to the homeless. We noticed while exiting the freeway two dogs running past us towards the free way. We immediately got out and were running after these dogs on the shoulder of the freeway to save them from getting hit. We put them in our car once caught and now they are at my residence. They are isolated as there is no way they are up to date on anything and looks like they were just used in someone’s backyard for breeding. The female is plump but had fleas and burrs matted in her hair. The male is in bad shape as you can feel every one in his hips and he walks with a hitch as I think he may have bad hips? He’s skinny and has burrs matted in his hair. They appear to be older like between 7-10? They are currently still in my basement in a kennel and we take them out every few hours but they need vet care. My guess is they most likely have worms and heart worms. My friend and I are willing to foster them till a rescue can take them on. It’s not ideal as we both have our own animals but we can’t see them get euthanized. Every place I’ve Called is full. It’s been almost a week now so I need a plan as to how to get these animals healthy. Can you help – Heather”
12/27/15 Arthur update.. The doctors and staff at the Animal Urgent Care have been working hard on this Christmas Holiday to save this baby along with the countless other emergencies they have been faced with. Arthur was a Christmas Gift and he was sick.
An animal is a commitment and all members of the family should be on board. Animals are a life. They are not a toy. This little man is now fighting for his life and part of assuming responsibility for an animal means being prepared to afford care when they get sick. It can happen at 1 day into adoption, or 10 years into adoption, but they become a member of the family.
4 paws 1 heart was able to give this puppy a 2nd chance, and he still may die or have medical issues forever. How many like him die every year because they can’t get help? I wish people would stop breeding and rescue the ones that already need homes. Please don’t take an animal that you can’t afford to take care of. ~ Gina
12/26/15 Happy Saturday! The little puppies are doing great! smile emoticon
I just want to apologize for not getting back to all of the email inquiries regarding these babies. I’m keeping track of all interested families, and I’ll respond after the holiday. They have weeks of care needed before placement would be considered..
Thank you – Gina
12/21/15 Lily’s new mom and dad send a message.
“Great news! Don and I heard today Lilly will be coming to live with us forever!
We are so excited to have this precious kitten in our family!
Thank 4 Paws1Heart!”
At 12:04 am on Christmas Eve, I received a call from one of our favorite Emergency Hospitals, Advanced Animal Emergency. I was asked if we would help an 8 week old puppy that was a “Christmas Present “. A present they could not keep, but surrendered to us to allow him the help he needed. I was told he is very, very, sick and in need of emergency medical care. We said yes.. The staff has been working very hard to save this 8 week old puppy who we suspect might have a virus called Leptospirosis. Please send your prayers….your prayers ALWAYS work, and he NEEDS them because he is very sick! Thank you, “Animal Urgent and Critical Care” doctors and staff for spending your Christmas Day caring for this beautiful 4 paws 1 heart puppy along with the many other emergencies, and thank you “Advanced Animal Emergency”, for sharing our mission..
Lesson? Do not buy animals as Christmas Presents.
12/25/15 – On this Christmas day I want to share a true Christmas blessing. Lily’s sibling, Millie, has been trapped and transferred to our good friend, Dee N. Both Lily and Millie were ‘feral’ kittens in Pam Clark’s yard. Master trapper, Debra B., had already trapped the older cats and took them to the vet to be spayed/neutered/vaccinated. Lily was pretty easy to trap but Millie gave Pam and Debra a run for their money; she was a wily little girl. After days of poor Pam waiting and keeping a watchful eye on the trap, Millie was caught. She is now with her sibling; safe, maybe a little scared, but she has her sister and Chance to show her the ropes. Once again, a huge thank you to all involved. _ diana
P.S. I almost forgot! A wonderful family is waiting in the wings for both girls. Once they have had an opportunity to decompress and we can make sure everyone is healthy, they will join their new family. Merry Christmas!