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.
6/29/23 – All found under a porch and brought to our rescue friend, Sherri N. She has asked us to help with their medical needs and we are thankful to have said YES. They will all be tested, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered thanks to the generous supporters of 4 Paws 1 Heart. – diana
6/28/23 – Danny was rescued recently from a severe neglect situation; he and other Chihuahuas were living outside on chains at a trailer park. The owner eventually surrendered them to a couple of groups. A friend of a friend who is a retired vet tech of 40 years as well as rescuer of many animals over the years, took in Danny and another who ended up dying shortly after. Danny’s age is estimated at 15-16, he is approximately. 4 lbs, neutered, but with a Grade 2 heart murmur. Nothing much is known about his background. His foster mom believes he has a severe mouth infection and Danny will be seen by one of the great doctors at Orion Animal Hospital. He will be tested for heart worm and then the doctor will determine next steps to relieve his pain and difficulty when eating. The fact that he is elderly and has a heart murmur is a concern and will be taken into consideration. – diana
We know you’ve been waiting for the update on sweet Garfield and Buster.
Poor Garfield was so severely matted he had to be shaved all the way down. But both boys tested negative, got their vaccines and are doing much better. They were already neutered too! Thankyou 4 Paws 1 Heart, Auntie Vickie Kropinski Imms, Kitty Catfé and everyone involved with helping to save their lives. They will soon be ready for adoption. What a great update to start the day Team, Happy Wednesday!!!!
From Auntie Vickie:
A horrific situation turned around because of really good people. Thank you Kitty Catfé! Thank you Denise Najera / 4Paws1Heart! Thank you Laura Amodeo and Brittany Amodeo!
Meet Garfield and Buster rescued from being locked in a cage outside (in the heat, storms), for possibly weeks, covered in their own urine and feces. Water that looked more like a milky substance with a horrible stench.
Kitty Catfe reached out for help as they were full with so many cats/kitties in need.
Angels – Laura and her beautiful daughter, Brittany, did the extremely hard task of bathing and cleaning both cats. Literally cutting the feces and litter out of their hair. They loved on them – wrapping them in towels. They put them in their kitty condo with fans on them. I arrived shortly after to pick them up.
Both boys went to the vet this morning (and all day) – 4Paws1Heart paid for ALL their vetting (vaccines, exam/tests, dewormer, flea treatment, sedation & shaving, etc.) From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU so so much!!!!
Sweet Garfield’s fur was matted to his skin! It was so severe the vet had to shave him all the way to his skin. I can’t wait for the day when it all grows back and is well groomed.
These boys are about 2-3 years old. They are bonded and have been through so much. You all know how much I want to keep them. They are literally the sweetest cats. But, I cannot. If anyone is interested, they’ll be up for adoption. Let me know. https://www.facebook.com/vickie.imms
To all those that help rescue animals – you are all heroes. Story after story – sweet animal after sweet animal – always working to save and help these sweet babies. It is a lot of work and you are so appreciated!
6/27/23 – Rescued from a breeder after she endured several years of forced ‘baby making’. She is 14 years old and was in need of dental care before infections could set in. We are not sure, at this time, of the extent of the dental work needed but we hope to make her remaining years happier than her earlier ones. She is now in a home with lots of love and care and fur siblings. – diana
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6/27/23 – Little Jimmy’s rescuer and proud foster dad just sent this updated photo of Little Jimmy. Love, medical care, and amazing supporters save lives!! If anyone is interested in this sweetie, contact Paul at: [email protected] – diana
6/27/23 – Update from our feline mascot extraordinaire, Chance.
CHANCE: Gooood morning Team! Happy Tuesday to you! You remember the poor kittys we showed you yesterday who were locked in a crate outside in the heat and storms for 2 weeks…Garfield & Buster?
Just over 24hrs inside with their temporary foster “Aunt Vickie” and they are already doing so much better under her loving care. Here they are at the vets this morning thanks to your donations and 4 Paws 1 Heart. Today Garfield will be sedated and all his horrible matting will be taken care of and both boys will get tested, shots, deformed, flea meds and then go from there to see if any other medical is needed other then possibe neuter. We will keep you posted Team!
Don’t forget…thanks to one of our other Honorary Aunties right now through July 4th your donations will be matched in the 4p1h …1776 4th of July Match! Please donate what you can, thankyou! Can you just imagine??? 2 weeks outside in the heat and storms locked in a crate? No box, filthy water, no food. We don’t know how they survived.
6/26/23 – (See June 5 post) as reporter by his rescuer and foster dad:
” 6/17/23 – Interesting visit at Patterson today. The doctor thinks Little Jimmy may be female, but of course it’s too early to know for sure. He tested negative for feline leukemia. They gave me an ointment for the eyes vs the eye drops the other vet gave me. The vet said give the eye ointment until it runs out and check back in 4 weeks unless something comes up sooner. The bad is the vet said feline herpes conjunctivitis, pretty much blind in both eyes, hopefully the redness will just scar over and not get worse.
Little Jimmy does an amazing job seeing around the eye issues when I watch him playing, etc. The doctor said there is a possiblity of eye removal, bulging and popping eyes, but she seemed hopeful that in little Jimmy’s case the eyes would stabilize and the red in the eyes would scar over and he would be blind in both eyes. But even though she said he is blind in both eyes, he seems to see pretty good. Considering the infection, he does great with finding his litter box, food bowls, his bed, climbing and playing with his toys. A very affectionate little fellow. I think I can continue to foster him/her, at least for now. Regards, Paul.”
Little Jimmy will have a follow up appointment with our great doctor at Patterson Veterinary Hospital and I’ll update everyone. Little Jimmy will be looking for a furever home so please share and follow his progress. Please continue your prayers. – diana
6/26/23 – The heartbreaking cases come in faster than I am able to post them. Here is a case I just received and both will be seen by a vet tomorrow morning. Here is their story:
“The Kitty Catfe posted an urgent situation advising there were 2 cats in a crate that had been left outside for weeks. It said the cat’s owner went to prison. Kitty Catfe was full and unable to take them in. They were begging for someone to help. I agreed to foster them for 2 weeks until the Kitty Catfe could take them in. A woman picked them up in Clinton Township and took them to her house and gave them a bath (outside).
The cats, Buster and Garfield were outside and crated – covered in their own urine and feces. The orange cat, Garfield, had clumps of litter and feces in his severely matted fur. There was a bowl of dirty water that looked milky white and smelled horrific.
Garfield vomited what looked like poop and was sneezing. The clumps had to be literally cut out of his fur.
I picked them up after their bath and they still smelled. They aren’t eating that great BUT they are so friendly and loving. It does not look like they ever played with toys or maybe they just aren’t up to it yet. They have been through so much. It has been so hot out and they were outside with basically no shelter – in the rain, etc.
They were in bad shape but their life is forever changed. Thank you so much for helping out as these cats are so deserving. You would absolutely fall in love with them. – Vickie”
We pray that both test negative for FIV and FeLV and that both will find furever loving homes. Garfield will have to be sedated to be shaved and 4 Paws 1 Heart will again cover whatever is needed medically. I can’t imagine what their past few weeks have been like in that crate in the hot sun and then the severe rains. – diana
Please consider donating today so that we can continue saying yes to the many pets who have no one else. Donations made through July 4, 2023 will be matched up to $1,776 during the 1776 4th of July matching campaign created by one of Chance’s honorary Aunties. Use paypal or mail to make your donation.
6/25/23 – And, to end this weekend’s posts — I want to recognize our Snickers who recently passed away. Many of our long-time supporters will remember Snickers and how he was rescued by a young boy who found him as a little kitten in a frozen puddle in an. alley in Hamtramck, MI. Several animal advocates came together that night to rescue him and Snickers eventually found his furever home with our amazing Board member, Dee, and her husband, Rick. Snickers lived a good life with many siblings and I often had the chance to meet him over the years. He loved to lay on your shoulders. And I remember when, early on, after being seen at the eye doctor and getting to our house, he crawled up on my shoulders with that huge collar on. Snickers was loved by everyone who met him. Unfortunately, though, his medical condition eventually ended in him dying too soon. But we all find peace in knowing that over the years and even with his many medical visits he lived like the king of his castle and we will be forever grateful that he was a part of all of our lives. – diana
6/25/23 – This past weekend has not been a happy one. Two amazing cats have crossed the rainbow bridge — one sweet baby who I personally had the pleasure of knowing from the beginning and the other, a cat I never met but who was rescued when she found him in need of help.
This is Shaggy. He showed up in the alley outside the rescuer’s place on Thursday and his rescuers said that he truly looked near death. They gave him food and water and he ate and drank; the next morning he was in the same spot. His fur was very matted – inches thick in some areas – and hard as rocks.The finder said that she couldn’t feel his body at all because it was so bad. He allowed her to pick him up and bring him inside. He walked a little but was very unsteady. But with all of that, he did seem to be a fighter and he perked up significantly once he ate and drank and had some attention. But, he still needed to be seen asap and we were contacted.
Shaggy was taken in on the next day and the clinic asked that he be kept over night On the next day (Friday), the clinic called to inform me that Shaggy had been put under for the shaving and he was found covered with maggots which actually burrowed into his body. The maggots were removed and medication was given to this poor cat and the doctor asked that he be kept through the weekend — they had hoped to ‘fatten’ him up before being sent home. Later, I was called and informed that Shaggy did not make it through the night.
Even though I rarely meet the animals we help, a piece of your heart always breaks away thinking about the suffering they went through. Thank God for his rescuer, Melanie, who tried to save this innocent animal. I know that she is heartbroken but we are all thankful that Shaggy did not die on the street left to suffer and continue as prey. RIP Shaggy. You were loved. – diana
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