Two nights ago I was contacted about this very sweet cat who had been cared for as part of a colony. He appeared to be in distress when trying to urinate. Therewas also a trail of blood on the porch. Unfortunately, due to the high winds and power outages we couldn’t get him in to a vet until yesterday morning. Thankfully, our friend, Dr. Hynes, at Advance Animal Emergency, saw Izzy immediately and determined he needed surgery for a urinary blockage. Izzy was in critical condition. I authorized the surgery which saved his life and today he is resting comfortably in the hospital. The kind woman who sought the help of 4 paws 1 heart will keep Izzy permanently inside. Like so many others, Izzy appears to have been a pet at one time because he is very sweet and loves to be petted. He either escaped from his home or was abandoned. Izzy would have died a horrible death had so many people not stepped up to help.
3/9/17 – Happy Update!! It was in July, 2015 when we were contacted about Johnny the Kitten.
“7/29/15 – Meet Johnny the Kitten. He is about 10 weeks old and his leg was broken when a calf accidentally stepped on it. A very kind woman rescued him, took him to a vet and immediately got him help using her own money. We commend the rescuer and the veterinarian who performed surgery and provided a payment plan to the rescuer (very few do). We were happy to help with the medical bill and have since learned that Johnny is doing great. As his rescuer Samantha said “I took this baby because he has no voice and he has been like this for at least two days that I know of. He is very sweet and loving. He deserves a chance. He has a long life ahead of him. diana”
Yesterday we received an update from his mom and savior, Samantha Adams :
“I am sure you guys remember Johnny the kitten with a broken leg.( how could you forget that face?) Here he is now a whopping 15lb. I just wanted to take the time once again to thank you! I may have stumbled across him accidentally. But he has definitely won my heart over time and time again. – Samantha”
Here is Johnny the Kitten’s photo today, after he was rescued and taken to the vet, and after he settled in with his new family. I so love hearing the happy updates so that I can share the news with our supporter. ~ diana
3/8/17 – International Woman’s Day – Make a donation today in honor of that special woman in your life. She may be a mother, a manager, a teacher, a business owner, a veteran, a rescuer — any woman who has made a difference in this world. My donation today will be in honor of one of the strongest women I have ever known, my grandmother. Born in 1904 and finding herself pregnant at just 17, spent time in a home for unwed mothers until her child was born. Her son went on to be a WW II veteran who was like a second father to me.
And, talking about women who have tried to make a difference. 4 Paws 1 Heart was founded by two women. Me, (Diana Rascano, retired Director from DTE Energy), and Gina Deluca, Licensed Veterinarian Technician (extraordinaire). With the help of four phenomenal business women, our organization became a 501c3 and a Board was put in place. Today our Board consists of 9 very smart, hard working, and caring women who go above and beyond to raise funds that will be used for medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused animals. Since August of 2010, 4 Paws 1 Heart has paid $480,856 in medical bills for over 4,000 animals. And, we couldn’t have done it without the financial support of our followers. Donations can be made through paypal on this page, on our website,www.4paws1heart.org, or by mail at P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI . 48080. Please share and remember that 99 cents for every dollar donated, goes directly to the medical care of the animal.
3/8/17 – It was a couple of weeks ago that I received a call for help from a local resident; a semi-feral cat they had been feeding showed up one night with its leg ‘dangling’. Our cat whisperer, Debra B., immediately jumped into action trying to catch this very injured kitty. At some point, she even saw it running away after she and the animal control officer had almost caught her but she remained elusive. Debra spent many sleepless nights thinking about this cat and what would potentially happen to her, out in the wild with a dangling leg. Yesterday, God was with her and the homeowner and Sweet Pea was trapped. Of course she was scared but she allowed Debra to pet her. She was immediately brought to Patterson Veterinary, Clinton Township. Patterson has so many great doctors who are always willing to call me and discuss the case; they always have the best interests of the animal and 4 Paws 1 Heart in mind. It was determined that Sweet Pea’s leg was totally shattered and could not be saved. With a full schedule ahead of her, the doctor and vet tech worked through their lunch hours so that Sweet Pea would no longer be in pain; her leg was amputated. Sweet Pea is doing well and has been picked up by our friend Jo A. who will work at socializing her, helping her to recover and eventually find her a forever, loving home. Because this was emergency surgery with limited time, Sweet Pea will have to go back for spaying but that will happen when appropriate. Please say a little prayer for Sweet Pea and if you have an extra dollar or two, your donation will continue to save lives. ~ diana
3/7/17 – Her owners were dropping her off at a local high-kill shelter where she would have surely been euthanized. They no longer wanted her. Fortunately, the dedicated animal advocates who have been picketing at this shelter, were able to get the dog surrendered to them and they contacted 4 Paws 1 Heart for help. We were happy to help save another precious animal. She has seen a vet and will return to be spayed. Her name is now Lexi. It’s hard to believe what a difference a little care and love can make. We couldn’t keep saying “YES” without the financial support of our friends. ~ diana
Another Happy Update from a rescue friend:
“Thank you, 4 Paws 1 Heart, and all who support you. When the snow flies, I’ve taken to feeding the neighbor critters; mostly kitties. Last year I took in a 2 yr old Siamese mix male, and with 4P1H’s help, he was vetted and neutered, staying with my furbaby and I till he found the right home. That day came two weeks ago. Hallelujah for Toepher! (see Toepher’s story by searching the website for Toepfer)
This past Tuesday was an even bigger day. Julius had been a mere flash of orange rounding the neighbor’s garage after an obvious visit to the ‘kitty cafe’ on the front porch. He’d spook at any sound, but came daily for sustenance. Eventually, with great patience, he’d sit on my lap before nibbles. I felt so honored. At the end of July, he had a large abscess on his cheek, and again, 4Paws helped with his care. Fast forward 7 months (looks like 7 is his lucky number) Julius is officially part of the fam and enjoying the quieter household without the youngster who wanted to play when he just wanted to enjoy being safe and fed. I may only be a furmom, but love both my treasures. I rescued them once, but they return the favor every single day.”
3/5/17 – Another happy beginning because of the dedication of our donors and animal advocates, and our wonderful veterinarians. We told his story earlier when a kind woman contacted us about a cat who appeared injured and who kept coming to her house each night. ~ diana
“I am the happiest person in the world right now.This is Rogue with his new mommy, Heather. He was rescued about 2 weeks ago with a broken leg. It took him a little bit to trust me, he is so sweet and beautiful and so far loving his new home. Thank you so much 4 paws 1 heart for taking care of his vetting , Rachel for transporting and doing his home check. I am so grateful for this happy ending. Makes my heart happy and full of love. Look at his cute little face looking at his new mom — Jo A. “
3/5/17 – Please join us for all or some of our future events. Remember that our Bowling Event sells out fast. The cost is $20 per person for 3 games, shoes, and pizza. I will be posting flyers over the next few week. Also, we will be looking for lane sponsors and sponsors for our fun 5K. Contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions.
3/4/17 – This past Wednesday, I received a call from Megan of Friends of Scooby Rescue. She had been contacted about a cat who had been surrendered to Taylor Animal Shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized. This nine-week old sweetheart accidentally had a door closed on her resulting in the paralysis of her back legs. The accident happened ONE month prior. When Megan heard the story, she immediately thought of 4 Paws 1 Heart and what we’ve done with Chance, Isaac, and Faith. I immediately contacted Chance’s mom who, coincidentally, had already ‘tagged’ me about the soon-to-be killed kitten. To make a long story short. Chance’s mom (Denise) was thrilled to take on another kitty challenge and arrangements were made to get the baby out that night and brought to Team Chance. By Thursday, the kitten now known as ‘Carla’ (in honor of our recently deceased, Carlos) was on her way to The Kitty Clinic to get x-rays and be examined for blood in her urine. The good news is that Carla has a fractured pelvis. I say good news because at least we know what is causing the paralysis. Also, Denise has had experience with this condition in that she was the one who helped Soup recover fully. Carla was found to also have a urinary tract infection but she was negative for FIV/FeLV. On Monday, Carla will be assessed by Dr. Tari Kern to determine next steps. It truly takes a village of donors, rescuers, caretakers, and love to make a difference. You can see how just a little love over a 24 hour period made a difference in this sweetheart’s appearance. I will keep you updated. ~ diana
3/3/17 – Prayer Warriors Needed! 4 Paws 1 Heart has committed to another little one whose back legs appear to be paralyzed. Here is Chance’s posting after she arrived at the home of her new foster moms. Of course we will keep our supporters updated. ~ diana
“ITS TIME!!!! SHE’S HERE!!!! 4 PAWS 1 HEART TO THE RESCUE!!!! Team Chance, please meet Carla…Carla, please meet Team Chance! Carla is 9wks old and was an owner surrender at Taylor Animal Shelter after accidently having a door closed on her..a month ago 😢 rendering her back end paralyzed. She does have some movement in one leg, but it seems to be involuntary, more like a spasm.
Friends Of Scooby Animal Rescue reached out to Auntie Di at 4 Paws 1 Heart for help and of course 4 Paws said yes!!! Then Auntie Di reached out to us and of course we said yes! We will be making an appointment for Carla with our vet tomorrow for x-rays ect and see where we go from there. Meantime, Carla has had a nice warm bath and a yummy dinner and we’re letting her settle in a bit. Shes a sweet baby and we’re so happy to have her. We will be adding supplies to our Amazon Wishlist tonight that will help us care for our sweet new girl. Thank you 4 Paws 1 Heart, Welcome Carla!!! ❤❤❤ 4paws1heart.org – Chance”