Scarlett – Believed to be the Runt of the Litter, Found with a Heart Murmur

11/30/20 – Fortunately, for every sad ending we have many more happy beginnings or updates — Scarlett is one of those. Scarlett was rescued with 2 other siblings. She weighed only 2 lbs 3 oz. when found but between then (September) and October, she started losing weight and was listless. The rescuer believes she was the runt of the litter. Over the past couple months she has been to our partner vets and she improved but then it was found that she had a heart murmur. The first recommendation was to see a specialist but we decided it would be smart to get a second opinion. That was done and both doctors were in agreement. Today Scarlett saw a specialist who did a thorough exam as well as conducted tests and determined that Scarlett does have a hole in her heart but it is very small. The cardiologist’s prognosis was that the hole was so small it would not hamper Scarlett’s quality of life and that nothing needed to be done. The only recommendation was that she be seen again in about 6 months. Scarlett has thankfully gained weight (3.8 lbs now) but at 5 1/2 months is still small. The rescuer is checking as to whether she is able to be spayed at this time and if so, we will follow up with that. She is a beauty and if anyone is interested, please contact Patricia at: [email protected] – diana

Alley Cat – RIP – She Had No Use of Her Legs and Passed Away Before She Could be Seen by a Vet

11/30/20 – RIP Alley Cat. It was two weeks ago when we posted Alley Cat’s story. She was found on the streets but couldn’t use any of her legs. With the help of her rescuers, she was able to eat and drink but because the rescuers have been out of work they could not pay for a medical exam. We made arrangements for Alley Cat to be seen by one of our vets but before she could be seen, the doctor became ill and the appointment was rescheduled for today at 9:00. With a very sad heart, her rescuer told me that Alley Cat died last night before she could make her appointment. My heart breaks every time we haven’t been able to act fast enough to save an abandoned and abused animal and I can just imagine what the rescuers, fosters, and veterinary staffs go through every time this happens to them. Alley Cat is no longer in pain and, thankfully, she was loved in her last moments. – diana

Frau, Wendt, Etta, and Lydia – Found on the Streets

11/30/20 – frau 11:23:20 wendt. 11:23:20png etta 11:16:20 lydia 11:23:20A generous, long-time friend of 4p1h is again matching all donations up to $2,500 in honor of all of the animals we have been able to give a second chance to this year — and there have been many. Beginning Tuesday, December 1 all donations received from December 1 through December 8 will be matched to a maximum of $2,500.
We owe so very much to our loyal and generous supporters. Without you so many would never have had a chance. And, again, thank you to our rescuers. Here is Frau, Wendt, Etta, and Lydia who all will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested, and treated for worms/fleas on December 1 — Giving Tuesday. How appropriate! – diana
P.S. Thank YOU in advance

Pepper – Found With Mammary Tumors

pepper w:bonnie cushing pepper w:mammary tumors 11:27:2011/27/20 – I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to enjoy the day with those you love. We continue to be so thankful for our many supporters, our partner veterinary hospitals, and the caring people who never turn their back on an animal in need. Bonnie Cushing is one of those people.
Bonnie contacted us when she learned that a cat she had picked up to be TNR’d had masses along her mammary chain. This poor 7-8 year old, very friendly female, Pepper, was left behind when the owners moved. Pepper was seen today by Dr. Zalac and she advised that although the mass wasn’t as bad as some she has seen, it still needed to be removed. Dr. Z didn’t think a radical mastectomy was needed but more of a lumpectomy. She did warn, though, that 75-80% of breast tumors in cats are malignant which means that even if the mass was removed, more might grow or the one she has might spread internally. Unfortunately, the only way to find out was to remove the mass and have it biopsied.
With so many animals needing help, what is the right thing to do. Do you go ahead with the surgery knowing there is a strong chance it could all be for nothing OR do you just let nature take its course and do nothing, knowing she will surely die. At least when an animal has to have surgery for a broken leg or has to have an eye removed, you know there is a strong chance the animal will survive and have a good quality of life. In this case there was no such assurances but after all this little one has gone through, I felt we had to give her a second chance. So, the surgery and biopsy was approved with Dr. Z and we will find out the results later.
Again I ask for your prayers for this abandoned girl. – diana

Fig – Required an Eye Removal

11/25/20 – Please say a little prayer and send some positive energy for handsome Fig. A couple of months ago, a very kind woman rescued a pregnant mom who later had six kittens. One of the six, Fig, had a very bad eye condition. After being examined by one of our favorite doctors, Dr. Z. of Orion Animal Hospital, it was determined that Fig would more than likely need his eye removed when he was old (weighed) enough. Today is that day. Fig is not only having his eye removed but will also be neutered. Although the rescuer and caretaker of the family has been finding homes for everyone, she decided that Fig would have a furever home with her.
I just want to add that these types of cases would usually result in the euthanizing of an animal because and individual rescuer, shelter, or small rescue group may not have the funds to provide the medical care needed. AND, it is only because of our very generous and loyal supporters that we are able to give these beautiful animals a second chance at life. – THANK YOU, diana
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FIV/FeLV Tests – Important Information

11/24/20 – Important information about FIV/FeLV tests. Please read and share if you have pets or are involved in rescue or animal advocacy. – diana
“Hello Team, Mom here.
Sooo, in rescue…and veterinary medicine it seems like theres always something new to learn, and I’m grateful for that. I was not going to post about Scouts test until he retested but I think its important for people to know. When snap testing there are 3 types of tests( I only knew about 2 until today). One is done with plasma, only takes a few minutes, and it is the most likely to give a false positive. The 2nd is with serum, it’s when the blood 1st has to clot and then is spun down( I did not know about this one). It is much more accurate but takes over 30min. And the 3rd and this one is the gold standard is the IFA test which is sent out and takes 7-10 days to come back. In the interest of saving time, and understandable most vets use the 1st. And a negative test as a rule means negative. But a positive test could very well also be negative. You should always ask that the positive test be re-run with serum. Some vets do not do the serum tests at all, and some no longer consider the 1st method reliable and only use Serum and if the Serum comes back positive an IFA test is the next step. So if your vet uses the 1st method, always ask for the serum test. Having said all that, Scouts test came back positive for FeLV ran with the 1st method. After gathering all this new information and speaking with Dr. Z (she no longer uses method one at all) and “Auntie Di” the decision is to obviously have the test rerun at Dr. Zs as soon as we can get him in. I dont know for sure that it will change the outcome, but we will keep you posted. I’m so grateful for 4 Paws 1 Heart who always have these kids backs and goes with the opinions of the experts. ❤ Stay tuned Team! – Denise”scout 11:25:20

Louise – Found Covered in Oil Under a BBQ Grill

11/24/20 – louise w:shawn vilkThis is Louise. A very kind family found her covered in oil and crying loudly, under their BBQ grill. They contacted our friend, Shawn, and we took care of having Louise ‘de-oiled’, vaccinated, dewormed, and tested (negative, thankfully). The loving family wanted to keep Louise but had never had a cat before so Shawn took her in for a few days just to let her decompress and get used to using a litter box. Louise is now in her furever home — one less kitty of of the streets. – diana