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.
103/23 – APOLOGIES! I noticed two postings for Annabelle and deleted one not realizing both posts would be deleted. So, I’m sorry for all the comments which were deleted but here is Annabelle’s story once again.
It was June 19, 2023 when Annabelle and many other dogs and cats were found at a house where everyone was found dead from overdosing on drugs. All of the cats who were alive were vetted and placed with rescues; some cats were found dead. The rescue placed 2 dogs that were spayed/neutered and vetted. Annabelle, who is approximately 4 to 5 years old — not spayed nor vaccinated–was rescued with two other dogs (Jasmine and Sunny) who eventually were found to be positive for heart worm. The property owners allowed the animals to remain on the property while placement and medical care could be found.
At first, the rescue contacted us to get help with vetting for Annabelle and Jasmine to be vetted; then it was found both tested positive for heart worm. Jasmine turned out to be pregnant which added another layer to the medical issues and poor Annabelle was attacked by another dog before she could be seen initially. It was thought that her leg was broken so all attention was on taking care of that while we waited in the wings to assist with two heart worm positive dogs. Annabelle was treated at West Flint Animal Hospital. and Annabelle’s leg was treated and casted. Annabelle then started her pre-heart worm treatment some time after and finally on September 29, Annabelle received her first injection for heart worm. We will be covering Annabelle’s medical needs until she is heart worm free and have committed to helping Jasmine when appropriate. Teresa, a member of the rescue team, reported that Annabelle is comfortable and doing good. In the meantime, here is Annabelle when she was first found, then picked up, and finally on her ride home after her first heart worm injection. Continued prayers for Annabelle as well as every stray and abused animal on our streets. We are forever thankful that because of amazing and generous veterinarians and donors we are able to make a difference in so many lives. – diana
A 4 Paws 1 Heart friend Char contacted us for help with a very sweet boy on the street with an injured eye. They named him Jack. We got him in with one of our partner vet hospitals for an exam, feluk/fiv test, and some meds. Unfortunately, the eye is not better so we will be checking him out again next week. Paws Crossed for Jack. Gina
Baby Pumpkin was rescued while wandering near a busy road. She seemed so sick but with expert care from the doctor and staff at Orion Animal Hospital and from her rescuer with the help of our friends Debra B snd Debbie N. Pumpkin is doing great. She will be looking for a furever home. – diana
9/28/23 – A cautionary story for anyone working in a store where items such as pumpkins or other large items are piled high outside. Pumpkin was rescued by an employee at a Kroger store. He was found buried under the pile of pumpkins. She took Pumpkin to a nearby vet who did some initial x rays and exams but his belly was extended resulting from some injury or illness and his leg appeared to be broken. We were contacted and Pumpkin was authorized to have additional imaging and tests done at Orion but before Pumpkin could get there, his rescuer contacted me with the following: “Hello, so the vet that I was at ended up doing some imaging, and determined that this baby had many crush injuries, Including a ruptured kidney and his penis was necrotic and dying. We decided that it was best to humanely help him die. They didn’t charge me. Once again, thank you so much to you and to 4 Paws for helping the community so much. – Michelle” Thank you to the clinic which didn’t charge Michelle and helped Pumpkin pass the Rainbow Bridge. – diana
9/28/23 – Tonight is the night we root for the Lions to go 3 and 1 and root for all of the stray and abused animals who will be given a second chance because of the funds raised. We’ll have the beautiful authenticated Green Bay Packers football signed by the players of 2022; Jared Goff, Amron-Ra St. Brown, and Coach Dan Campbell bobbleheads, Lions swag, and a couple of other fun baskets. Hope to see our many friends! – diana
9/28/23 – Leo was rescued from an abandoned building in Detroit. He was covered in wounds and he could hardly use his back legs. His rescuer, Cristin of Motor City Trappers, contacted us for medical assistance. Leo was taken to Dr. Mina at Five Mile Animal Hospital where he was x rayed, vaccinated, neutered, and treated for parasites and his wounds. Cristin send us an update yesterday because “Leo wanted to thank us for our help in saving his life.” Cristin said the Leo’s legs are getting stronger and is on the road to a full recovery. He will be ready soon for his furever home. If you are interested in this sweetie, contact Cristin at: email@example.com– diana
9/28/23 – In late January, 2023 Bear was rescued from a vacant home in Flint. Bear was tied up and abandoned. At about 7-8 years old, no one knew how long this poor boy had spent his life on a chain. His rescuer, Kim T., whom we’ve worked with quite a few times, took Bear into All About Animals where he was found to be positive for heart worm. We were asked to help with the heart worm treatment and we were ready but Kim was able to raise enough money from other sources to start and complete Bear’s treatment. The other day, Kim contacted me to see if we could help with Bear’s follow up heart worm test and to have a lump on the back of his knee checked. We were happy to do that. Thankfully, Bear tested negative for heart worm and the lump turned out to be a cyst which the doctor said didn’t have to be treated unless it caused a future problem. Bear is now set with 6 months of preventative and hopefully a happy future. Here are the photos when Bear was rescued and today — what a difference love can make. – diana
9/28/23 – On July 13 and 14 Marzipan’s story was posted on this page. Here is an August update from his saviors, Andrea Dow and Aimee Martin. Now this very sweet beautiful baby is still looking for a furever family. Please share and if you are interested, contact Aimee as indicated by Gina. – diana
Marzapan is 16 weeks old and 4.7 lbs!!! When I picked him up over a month ago he was dying and less than 1 lb. He had a terrible URI and round worms. We put out an urgent plea to get donations to keep him at Advanced Veterinary Care Center and than transferred him to Moore Veterinary Hospital for the rest of his care.4 Paws 1 Heart has covered his medical over the last month. He is now vaccinated and his neuter is scheduled for 9/11/23.
He has been quarantined and is now looking for some kitten friends to socialize with. It literally took a village to keep him alive. I am so glad to be a part of that village.Aimee
9/27/23 – One year later and what a difference. Muffins was not the only fighter, our co-founder, Gina, and extraordinary licensed veterinary technician, fought for Muffins and searched and searched for the veterinary care which would save her life and relieve her from a very miserable health issue. Gina and her husband, Dave, traveled from St. Clair Shores to Lansing and from St. Clair Shores to Flint and Gina made so many calls and did so much research. Finally it was the amazing veterinarian at Animal Surgical Center in Flint who had the answer. Please check out Muffins’ journey on our website because this ‘before; photo is nothing compared to what she looked like when she was rescued by our 4 Paws 1 Heart friend and hard working collector of returnables ($25,000 worth), Bambi H. Truly a miracle that would have never happened if not for our generous and loyal supporters. – diana
Muffins’ is thriving after her surgery 4 months ago. She was sick the entire 1st year of her life, but thanks to the care she received and the donations to 4 Paws 1 Heart, to make it happen, she is happy and Sassy! Donations save lives – Gina
9/27/23 – Alley was found homeless and was rescued by a good samaritan. We were asked for help with veterinary care. The finder was concerned Alley could be pregnant so she contacted AAAR for a Spay surgery but it was a 4 month wait. We offered to get Alley checked out and fixed right away through one of our partner vets at Moore Veterinary Hospital. Alley is recovering and her finder has decided to keep her. Thank you for your continued support. Gina