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.
1/29/24 – Chaplin and Mabel were both found in August, 2023 at a park on the east side of Detroit. The kind woman who found them was able to get them placed with a person who works with a rescue and we were contacted for help. Both were treated for upper respiratory infections and then taken later for spay and neuter.- diana
1/26/24 – It was late December, 2023 when we were contacted by a kind woman who had been referred by one of our veterinary partners. A friendly cat had shown up on her porch about two weeks prior and appeared to have an upper respiratory infection and who was possibly pregnant. The cat, Clementine, was approved to be seen at one of our veterinary partners where it was confirmed that Clementine did have an upper respiratory infection and an eye infection. And, the surprise was that Clementine was a boy who had been neutered. Unfortunately, owners could not be located but Clementine was treated and now he is doing great in the rescuer’s home. He is living life watching over the family from the home’s loft, his favorite place. – diana
1/26/24 – For all of our friends who donated to Chance’s mom’s birthday (also our Board member), Thank You!! Your donations will change the lives of many innocent stray and abandoned animals. This is Chance back in the day when he was going through therapy with Dr. Kern and the staff at Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. He is also seen with his donkey buddy; unfortunately, they donkey has since passed away. Chance was rescued just before being euthanized because he was paralyzed BUT with love, the amazing supporters of 4 paws 1 Heart, and Dr. Kern, Chance is living the life he worked very hard to have. – Diana
1/24/24 – After a week of trying, a friend of 4 paws 1 heart was able to trap a stray cat in her yard on January 21. The cat, Anthony, occasionally would show up in her yard for food. About a week prior to her catching him, she had noticed his eye looking very bad when she was putting down the food, then he disappeared for about a week. She had hoped he was a pet, and his owner got help for him…but after a week out in this cold with that poor eye, she realized he was probably on his own.
Now, anyone who has tried to get an animal into a vet quickly these days will confirm how difficult that can be. But we thought we would take a chance by contacting Patterson Veterinary Hospital first. (Last year we had helped Roberta with a stray cat, Sunny, who had a broken leg and was taken to Patterson Veterinary). As luck would have it, a cancellation for yesterday afternoon had just been called in so Anthony was able to get in.
The doctor confirmed that the injury was a laceration that she believed would heal with a long acting injection and three pills that he was given. He was also neutered and his ear was tipped just in case he needed to be returned outside. At this time, Anthony seems calm and content. The eye still looks “pretty awful” but paws crossed the eye will heal. Roberta is hoping she can find Anthony a home if he turns out to be domesticated and there will be a follow up at the vet to ensure the eye has healed. He will be snap tested and fully vaccinated then. Anyone interested in Anthony should contact Roberta at: [email protected] – diana
1/23/24 – Over the past 13+ years we have had the honor of working with some amazing rescue organizations who are on the streets every day saving animals who have been abandoned and abused; Make a Difference Rescue is one of those. And, with the help of our supporters, we are able to sometimes spread the love and help those animals who are fighting for their survival. Elsa is one of those animals whose story is like thousands of others on our City streets.
The police brought this half frozen little girl to the rescue’s shelter on January 17 after taking her off of a chain hooked to a door of an abandon house. It wasn’t known how long she had been in that condition but the food was frozen solid and with wind chills, the temperatures were below zero. The rescue took Elsa to the emergency hospital where her body temperature was found to be dangerously low. Elsa was dehydrated, emaciated, and was frostbitten on her ears and paws. Her body was in the process of shutting down. Her belly was full of kibble and chicken bones; obviously she had scavenged and tried to eat whatever she could to stay alive. Unfortunately, her digestive system was unable to digest any food to pass it. She would have never made it another night.
Thank God for the caring Detroit police officers who saw her and took immediate action. As of yesterday, the rescue reported that Elsa is still in the hospital but she is growing stronger and she is gaining weight. They’ve been told that Elsa is a staff favorite and getting lots of love.
Please remember the many companion animals on our streets today, especially in these weather conditions, in your prayers. We can all play a role, somehow, in making a difference in their lives and 4 paws 1 heart is thankful that we could do something to help Elsa and a great rescue. – diana
1/22/24 – Seagull’s story started in October, 2023 when a very kind woman saw what she thought was 4-month old kitten in dire straits wandering in a mobile home park. The kitten had puss running from her mouth and ears. Seagull was taken to an emergency hospital where they treated her for an infection and recommended she be seen at a standard veterinary clinic. Seagull was taken to a vet where the doctor wanted to run tests and x rays and that is when we were contacted for help. We did provide assistance with the tests, x rays, and exam where Seagull was found to have a lesion in the back of her mouth. She was treated once again and arrangements were made to have Seagull (now identified as 7 months old) snap tested, vaccinated, and spayed at Comfort”s Place. While all of this was happening the rescuer was due to have a baby within a very short time. We talked a few times during the Christmas season while arrangements were trying to be made at Comfort’s Place. Then, on January 4, 2024 Seagull’s rescuer contacted me to report that she had her baby (Yeah) and Seagull was dropped off to be spayed. On January 10, I received another update — Seagull was doing well and the rescuer would try to find a furever home for Seagull but if unsuccessful, Seagull would have a home with her family. – diana
1/22/24 – Bob and Simon were both rescued by a very caring friend and medically helped by 4 paws 1 heart. You can read their stories on our website. But, the short story is that they are the very best of friends and are constantly with each other. When you see the many stray animals trying to exist on our streets and then see this, your heart swells. – diana
1/21/24 – What a great time we had at the Painting With A Twist fundraiser yesterday, January 20, Shelby Twp. Thank you to Kim and her great staff. This venue is much more than ‘Painting’. It’s friendship, laughs, and love for the stray animals in our communities. Thank you to our many supporters! – diana
Painting with a twist was a fabulous fundraiser! 4 Paws 1 Heart would like to thank everyone who participated. There are a lot of incredible artist out there.Melissa Wills-Jeffrey