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.
It’s less than 3 weeks away from our annual bowling fundraiser. We have some amazing raffle baskets lined up (as usual) and will have two separate raffles. One raffle will be for a chance to win two tickets for a Summer Cruise on the Ovation. There are two different cruises and there will be two drawings; each cruise is valued at $345! The general raffle will have baskets from the Pleasure Zone, Maloof’s Jewelry, Andiamo Riverfront, the Detroit Tigers — just to name a few. So get ready for some fun and camaraderie while making a difference in the lives of the stray animals roaming our streets.
At this time we have two full lanes left with openings on some lanes for two bowlers. But you don’t have to bowl to join in the fun. Hope to see our many friends! – diana
4/28/23 – It was in late November, 2022 when we received an e mail from an employee of a pet grooming shop. They had been contacted by a client about a dog who was left behind after the owners had been evicted. He had been left without food and water for two weeks! The woman who had been contacted took Rocky in and brought him to a vet where he was found positive for heart worm. That is when we stepped in.
Today I want to report that Rocky has finished his heart worm injections and the vet’s office reported that he is doing great and that he is a great dog. Another win for the amazing village of animal angels. – diana
4/28/23 – We recently posted about Lou, a 10 year old whose tooth was left hanging by a butt in the head by the foster’s pet dog. It was thought that a mere removal of the tooth would be all that was needed. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The poor guy needed a full dental extraction plus had an ear infection. Everything was done and he is doing well and the rescue, Run Around Sue Cat Rescue, is making sure the foster takes a greater effort in watching over the playtime. – diana
4/27/23 – On April 24 I received the following e mail from Savannah who works at an emergency vet where the dog’s owner was brought into after his eye ruptured. The owner could not afford the surgery, let alone the diagnostics and surrendered the dog to Savannah. The vet Savannah worked at was unable to fit in the surgery and she brought him to another:
“I have a male, intact bulldog whose medical needs were neglected by the prior owner, and he now needs his right eye removed. I am trying to find potential funding for this so that I can get him fixed up quickly and get him into a new home. If a rescue would take him in that would also be amazing but due to his eye problems he is potentially special needs at this time. He also does need to be neutered and I hope to get that done for him at the time of his eye surgery. I’ve attached a photo of his worse off eye. He seems to be an amazing loving dog and I’d love to see him find his perfect home.”
Gucci and his rescuer, Savannah, were already at a veterinary hospital trying to raise the funds for surgery when I was contacted. After much discussion, it was decided that 4 paws 1 heart could, fortunately, pay for Gucci’s surgery which could be somewhat complicated. Gucci had surgery and went to his foster home yesterday. Here is Savannah’s report:
“The eye came out well and they kept him overnight to watch for breakthrough bleeding. The other eye has a rough corneal ulcer that I’ll have to medicate intensely. There appears to be some potentially permanent damage to it but the doctor thinks I can save the eye as long as we’re religious about combatting the chronic dry eye. Now his neuter was odd–we noted on Saturday that one of his testicles appeared to be smaller than the other. Consequently, it was difficult for the doctor to get that one out and they’re saving it in case I choose to have it sent out. They theorize there was potentially prior trauma to the one or that it was twisted.”
I advised Savannah that we will continue to be there for Gucci’s remaining eye follow up and we will all pray that he finds just the right loving home when he is fully recovered. We commend Gucci’s owner for having the courage and love to surrender him so that he could get the help that he could not provide. – diana.
P.S. Your donations give animals, like Gucci, a second chance at life.
4/26/23 – Blackie was fortunate to show up at the home of a kind woman whom we’ve helped in the past with another feral cat. She had been showing up at her home limping for about 2.5 weeks.The homeowner thought Blackie was about 6-8 months old. She contacted us on April 10 because she needed help trapping as well as transporting him for her medical needs. Our friend, Debra B., who had helped trap a feral for her in the past, once again went to the home and successfully trapped Blackie. She was taken to All About Animals where she was found to be already spayed, negative for fiv/FelV, and was vaccinated for rabies. The doctor also removed an in-grown toe nail in her front paw and treated her for an upper respiratory infection. The doctor also recommended an x ray on the back legs because she still limped. Late last week she was seen by our vet at Orion Animal Hospital who x-rayed her back legs and did a dental exam. Little Blackie was actually about 10 years old (!) and the doctor believed she suffered from arthritis. She also had some teeth missing. Nothing more could be done as Blackie was truly feral. Debra kept her in a crate for about a week because of the cold and rain while Blackie was ‘itching’ to get out. She was released yesterday and you’d think she was in heaven. She has two different homeowners who make sure she gets fed twice a day and she stays around their homes.
Whenever you feel down and out, just stop and think about the amazing Village of caring people we live amongst. – diana.
4/25/23 – You might remember Thunder. A wonderful family started feeding him last summer when they moved into their new home. This past March, Thunder showed up with a wound. After the family brought him into their home and gave him a bath, they contacted us. Thunder was seen by one of our doctors at Orion Animal Hospital and although the wound had already ‘healed’, he had a large mass where the wound had been and it required surgery. That was done and today his rescue mom sent me an updated photo and reported that Thunder is doing great and loves to snuggle with his mom. Another beautiful life saved for a loving family. – diana.
4/25/23 – of the many felines who’ve been taken off of the cold streets of February and March and given a second chance at life because of our generous donors and veterinary hospitals who partner with us. – diana
4/24/23 – She is about 3 months old and on April 6 she was rescued by a good Samaritan. She was found in a plastic Rite Aid tote (with the lid closed) in a vacant lot in east Flint, MI. The finder was giving this puppy Pedialyte and it wasn’t making a difference and she was getting worse. On April 8, Streethearts Animal Rescue was contacted and they took her in. She was immediately taken to an emergency hospital where she tested Positive for the Parvo virus. She was extremely lethargic, vomiting and had severe diarrhea with blood in it. The care continued there and later at a different hospital that had 24 hour care. As the cost of her medical continued to rise, her recovery continued to be up and down. But, finally, she was there. The doctors believed she would fully recover and on April 16 she was discharged and went to live with a foster where she could be quarantined for 30 days. On April 16, 4 Paws 1 Heart was contacted and asked if we could help with the medical; we did. And because of a village of caring people, Grace will be on her way to a Second Chance at life. Don’t stop your prayers though. – diana.
4/24/23 – He’s a senior cat; over 10 years old. He was rescued from the streets at the beginning of winter but hasn’t found a furever home yet. While playing with the foster’s small dog, Lou’s tooth was somehow knocked partially out. And, that, unfortunately resulted in it just hanging and bleeding. He was taken to a low cost clinic but they no longer do dental work. The rescue, Run Around Sue Cat Rescue, contacted us as they continue to work on their non-profit status and Lou has an appointment with one of our favorite animal hospitals. Thankfully, Lou, is being kept comfortable and safe. – diana.