Our mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats & dogs by paying for needed medical treatment and assisting with the permanent placement of these animals through our partnerships with local rescue groups.
Rum Tum Tiger: He was the only surviver of 4 kittens born to a female rescued by our Fundraiser Team member, Shawn. The Village came together and tried so very hard to save the 3 but it was not to be. Rum Tum is healthy and Emily actually thought she had an adopter, but the person decided on another. Emily now has Rum Tum up for adoption and if anyone is interested, just email me and I will put you in touch. [email protected]
Doorbuster: Doorbuster was one of 9 puppies born around Thanksgiving. Two of the puppies were failing and, again, Emily stepped up. Sadly, one puppy (BOGO) didn’t survive but with Emily’s expertise and dedication (and love), Doorbuster is striving. On December 14 he was moved out of the incubator and into a playpen (although he was not happy about the move). On December 28 he was taken off of the bottle. He is growing fast and has been scheduled for his vaccines. Doorbuster will have his joints examined when he is vaccinated because he walks a bit bow-legged. Currently, Emily is working to strengthen his legs and works closely with Dr. Zalac as needed.
The Board and the 4 Paws 1 Heart Village wishes all of our amazing supporters, veterinary staffs, rescuers, fosters, and first responders, a 2023 filled with much love, laughter, and good health (not to mention doggie and kitty kisses). – diana
12/30/22 – DON’T FORGET — Join the 4 Paws 1 Heart Village in another fun afternoon at Colleen’s watching the Lions vs Packers — the last game of the season. This has been a traditional event enjoyed by everyone who attends. Wear your Lions’ (or Packers’ gear if you must) and join in the rivalry. Hope to see you there!! – diana.
12/29/22 – Approximately 3 weeks ago Tank, Dozer, and Tonka were found in a box left next to a building where karate is taught. Unfortunately, there was a fourth puppy who the finder was unable to save. They are now about 8 weeks old and we will be taking caring of their exams, vaccines, and treatment for worms and fleas. The three are very bonded and get very upset when they are separated. – diana.
12/28/22 – This was in 2017; another example of our Village working together — no matter what age. – diana
12/28/17 – So, as scheduled, Jacob Savoie and Family met Tony and I at the Macomb County Animal Control Shelter. Unfortunately, Chief Randazzo, who was to meet us and conduct the tour, was called out on an emergency rescue. Thankfully, Ryan stepped up to do the tour. As you can see, we presented Jacob, who raised $1,705 and hundreds of pounds of food which was donated to the Shelter and to 4 Paws 1 Heart for distribution to our rescue partners, with a certificate recognizing him as the 4 Paws 1 Heart “Rescuer of the Year”. Everyone toured the shelter, the young ladies, Brook, Emma, and Aly (Jacob is allergic) spent time playing with some kitties and then — Chief Randazzo returned before we left. There he was with the duck rescued from the freezing waters in Harrison Twp. This very traumatized duck had a fishing line around his legs and he was trapped in the ice. Between the County and Chesterfield Twp, this sweet animal was saved.
A huge thank you to Jacob and his wonderful family who collected so many cans/bottles, blankets, food, and toys. It’s not easy to turn in so many cans/bottles let alone collect them. I also want to thank the City and Township of Armada and the residents who came together to make a difference in the lives of so many animals. This was truly an effort of a family and their community and it could not have been a better Christmas Story (especially with the rescue duck). What we all learned in touring the shelter was to make sure you microchip your pets, a tag or license is not enough. Also, when you adopt an animal, understand that it is a commitment for life. So many of these animals were surrendered or found in horrible conditions. Municipal shelters are not equipped or funded to take on all of the animals ills of the world. They can’t clean up after us and we must all work together to be the caretakers for those sweet souls who God put on this earth. ~ diana
12/28/22 – Muffins’ healed great from her spay surgery and she is eager for her appointment with Michigan State on Jan 18th. She had a pretty good Christmas with lots of visitors who gave tons of loving. Muffins continues to have lots of discharge from her nose, wheezing/snoring and a stuffy head. However that doesn’t stop her from being the sweetest kitten ever. As always, thank you to our, 4 Paws 1 Heart supporters for helping us help them.. Gina
12/26/22 – A few months ago we were dangerously low on funds and could only honor our prior commitments, like Muffins, Chance, a couple of heart worm cases, and some ‘simple’ vetting requests. When a few rescue friends found out, they got together and we developed a Fundraising Committee. It was this committee who was responsible for our successful Show Me the Money event. At that time, they also suggested we use Bonfire to initiate a t-shirt/hoodie campaign. Our good friend and long-time supporter, Deena, took on the project and today it launches. We know the timing isn’t the best in that we’ve been inundated with a scammer trying to sell alleged 4p1h logo apparel BUT this is for real. Bonfire takes care of all of the orders, payments, shipping, and at the end of the campaign, will send us a check. And, as I always say, if you have any questions, please contact me at: [email protected]
12/24/22 – Unfortunately there are many low-lifes in this world who are lazy crooks just trying to make a living off the hard work of others. Recently, I’ve seen a set of scammers selling alleged 4p1h apparel. If you see it, please report the low life to me through email ([email protected]) and I will report it, ban the thief, and delete the posts. I try to read every comment on our posts but sometimes I’m a little late so your help means a lot. If you ever see a suspicious post on our page, please be sure to question me first. Thank YOU for your diligence and I’m sorry we have to be bothered with such losers taking advantage of people who care for those who have no one else. – diana
12/24/22 – A few days ago we shared the story of Rocky (now known as Koa). You can see the healing wounds all over his body from being a probable victim of dog fighting. Heart worm positive and a severe bone infection in his leg has not destroyed his spirit. Everyone has fallen in love with him and here he is in his new foster home living the best life ever with much love, care, and safety.
May the Spirit of Christmas continue to be in the hearts of our generous and caring Village. – Diana and the Board of 4 Paws 1 Heart
12/22/22 -Andy was a TNR that was too sweet to release. He was trapped in Detroit, vetted years ago and adopted out. He was returned to the rescue because the family was “too busy” for him. When he was picked up his mouth was clearly not well. The rescue saw dry blood around his mouth. They took him to All About Animals for a full dental a few months ago and they called to say they couldn’t do it and that it would need to be done at the Flint location. Andy was taken there for the consultation and he now has appointment for December 27.
Luna was from a hoarding situation in River Rouge. The rescue took her on only to discover she had megacolon. They spent $700 on testing, blood work and meds for an ear infection and monthly meds for the megacolon. She has gained weight and is playful and doing well on the meds. But, now she also needs dental for an infected mouth.
The rescue is concerned that they won’t have the funds for future needs with this oncoming frigid weather and asked if we could cover Andy and Luna’s dental treatment. Fortunately, we could say “YES”. Luna is scheduled for January 6.
There will be so many animals facing the frightening weather that is predicted for Michigan. We will all be praying that they can find shelter and we will be available to do what we can to assist with any medical needed. – diana.
12/21/22 – Please continue your prayers for our sweet boy, Chance. He has opened his paws too so many special snd orphaned animals. He has been the fur uncle that every stray needs. – diana. [email protected]
Hey there Team, mom here with the update from Chancies appointment today. So, when we arrived they had already had several emergencies come in that would require surgeries and would not be able to do Chances mri at that time. Dr. Palma did do a thorough exam and gave us his opinions, options and estimates. We discussed leaving him overnight for them to try to do mri tomorrow or make another appt with a drop off time of early morning since there’s bloodwork, xrays and ECG that have to be done prior to mri. We also discussed the possibility of back surgery depending on findings, which I am not wanting to put Chance through.
As we continued to talk about Chances history Dr. Palma said he suspects that an mri findings would not be anything that would be surgical in nature but more going back to his original injury that paralyzed him. So, in the end he said there’s 2 paths of treatment..Surgical and medicinal. So we are going to do a 3wk trial of higher dose of steroid, pain medication, proin, and prozac. He feels that Chances incontinence is tied to pain in his T3 area, that causes him stress which triggers his Cystitis which makes it burn when he urinates so he doesn’t fully empty his bladder becuse it burns which is causing his leaking!
So, for these next 3wks he must stay completely calm. No stress. No jumping on furniture, no stairs, no playing…just rest. If he improves we should be able to keep improving with the right diet and med combo. But…Dr. Palma did say if this is indeed due to his old injury, as he ages he will continue to decline. If he does not improve then we will be back to scheduling the mri. Keeping Chance still for 3wks…that’s going to be interesting.