12/27/16 – Don’t forget that 4 Paws 1 Heart is a 501c3 organization which means that all cash donations are tax deductible. 99 cents of every dollar go directly to the medical treatment of abandoned and stray animals. As of today (with charges still being made), we have paid $137,096 in medical bills in 2016. Donations can be made on the ‘donations’ link on this page as well as by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080. ~ diana
These are the miracles that happen because of our caring supporters — Here is the story of two more babies found on the street. Their mother was killed and her four babies were left alone without anyone to care or feed them. Our friend, Karen C. brought them into her home, bottle fed them, and took them to the vet several times because they were all sick and with upper respiratory infections. We were glad we could be there for them. But, heartbreakingly, two of the boys had to eventually be euthanized for failure to thrive and a brain tumor. Thankfully, Dori and Danny did thrive under Karen’s care and they are doing very well and will soon be ready for adoption. 4 Paws 1 Heart is thankful that we have been able to help Karen with all of these sweet babies and that they were not left to die on the street. Dori and Danny will be getting spayed, neutered and tested next week. Anyone interested in these beauties, should contact Karen at:[email protected].
12/26/16 – Meet Kris Kringle. On December 20, I received a call for help. This little kitten had been wandering in a parking lot on Jefferson in Detroit. All of the property authorities were contacted but no one could help. And all of the food and shelter the caller put out, kept being taken. She was desperate to help this very sweet, helpless kitty. I contacted a few people in our Village and our great friend, Jo. A., answered our call for help and was able to rescue him two days later. Of course, 4p1h will be taking care of his medical. Little Kris is now safe and warm and looking for his forever home. If you are interested, contact [email protected]. It’s an honor to play a role in this phenomenal Village.
12/25/16 Christmas Story #2 – It was December 3, 2012 when we received a call about a dog standing on a rock in Lake St. Clair, the cold waves lapping over her. Because no authority could help, Tony climbed down the sea wall and rescued this wet and frozen little girl. My neighbor and I immediately took her to a nearby veterinary where 4 Paws 1 Heart covered her medical. Her body temperature was very low but fortunately, she had a microchip, and no other injuries. The owner was eventually contacted and we learned that Cookie had been missing for 5 days. We have no idea how this little dog got into the water in that the sea walls are quite high where she was found. Cookie was back with her mom by late that night.
Now — There was a Christmas twist to this tale. It turned out that Cookie’s owner actually lives next door to the house my grandparents lived before they died and she had been a tremendous help to my family in offering rides to the doctor and the grocery store. She always kept an eye on them. When I found out who Cookie’s owner was, I was convinced that my grandfather played a role in Cookie’s rescue. The next day we were having lunch at the Butter Run, St. Clair Shores. When my drink was brought to the table, it was in a vintage glass just like the ones my grandfather had given to me before he died. I think Grandpa was saying “Thank You” for saving Cookie for her mom, Alberta. Merry Christmas. ~ diana
12/25/16 – For those of our friends who celebrate the birth of Christ, we wish you a Blessed Christmas. On this morning I would like to share two happy beginnings. The first is Sonic (now known as Dino). It was in October, 2014 that Sonic was brought into the emergency after being attacked by a dog. Due to his many injuries, Sonic spent several weeks in the hospital, being fed through a tube, almost losing an eye, and later, experiencing, more surgery for his torn mouth. There were times we thought he wouldn’t make it but with Gina’s love and care and the professional staff at the emergency, Little Sonic came through and was adopted by a family who has been close to me for over 50 years. Here he was when he was first brought into the emergency and today, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Because of our supporters, we can make miracles like this happen. ~ diana
12/23/16 – It is once again with a heavy heart that we had to send another sweet baby across the rainbow bridge. His rescuer named him Rudy and brought him in from the single digit temperatures. He had what was thought a severe abscess on his face which turned out to be a cancerous tumor. We give a tremendous amount of thanks and respect to the rescuer who gave Rudy love in his last days even while taking care of a sight impaired, elderly father. Rudy, please give my Knucklehead, Conner, Cocoa, Cappucina, and Chi Chi a Merry Christmas nose kiss from me. ~ diana
12/24/16 – As we continue to celebrate the upcoming holidays of Christmas, New Year, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe. A huge thank you to the St. Clair Shores Communications Department for giving the Animal Care and Welfare Committee the opportunity to make a difference for our pet residents.~ diana
12/21/16 – This sweet girl was roaming around in the cold and was fortunately rescued by our good friend Rachel G. She has been spayed, vaccinated, and tested, complements of 4 Paws 1 Heart. Lola is still looking for her forever home. Anyone interested should contact Rachel at: [email protected] ~ diana