5/30/21 – On this weekend when we remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the world’s freedom, I would like to also remember the many military dogs who gave their lives to protect our military and fight for our freedom. I chose this story about the those who served in Vietnam because that horrible period was a part of my growing-up years. The story of the Vietnam military dogs is a sad one and I just want those who are too young to remember that war to know their story http://www.historynet.com/the-plight-of-the-military….
6/4/21 – Over the years we have helped several individuals with their TNR projects. Shawna is one of those people. Here are 3 of her recent rescues who have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated complements of 4 Paws 1 Heart and the many caring people who donate to make this possible. – diana
5/29/21- Beautiful Sasha spent her entire 5 years of life in a basement until she was rescued by our friend Jo. She will be spayed, vaccinated, and tested this coming week complements of your donations. If you are interested in giving her a loving home, filled with windows for her to see the sun shining and the birds chirping,, please contact Jo at: firstname.lastname@example.org – diana
“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer.” – Paula Poundstone
4/29/21 – This is Blue and Max. They were two of three dogs surrendered to Streethearts Animal Rescue who predominantly rescue in Flint which is notorious for dog fighting and dumped dogs when they are no longer of use. The third dog Macie was in such bad physical shape, she had to be euthanized and the conditions were reported to the local authorities. With Max and Blue, they were also very emaciated and bloated with worms. Neighbors said that the dogs had been crated 24/7. The dogs were taken into a ‘walk-in’ 24–hour veterinary. Tests were conducted and the doctor said the dogs would be kept until results were in but shortly thereafter, the rescue was called to pick up Max and Blue. It was a nightmare for the rescue who kept the dogs in quarantine but couldn’t find a vet to provide advice or care. Finally, almost a month later, a sample was sent to Michigan State University who verified that the dogs did NOT have distemper.
4 Paws 1 Heart paid for Max’s neuter, vaccines, and standard medical testing. Unfortunately, Blue was found to be positive for heart worm so once we were all assured that Blue did not have distemper, he was scheduled for his heart worm treatments and that was done April 23. We covered that for Blue along with his standard medical needs. The condition of both dogs were also reported to the local authorities but, unfortunately, there has been no follow-up with the rescue.
I wish I could say these cases were unusual but they are not. Because of the generosity of so many supporters over the past 10 years we have been able to help these abused orphans when needed. Since August, 2010 we have paid $1,071,222 in medical treatment; very honestly, I continue to be amazed and humbled. So, again, thank you so very much for your donations. And, if you are able to make a donation, you can be assured that every penny of that donation goes to the treatment of the abandoned and abused. – diana
Please share and let’s find a furever home for sweet Charlie. Remember that FIV is only communicable tgrough bites and domesticated cats in a household who have been spayed/neutered very rarely will get into such situations where skin is broken through biting. Contact: jo addington if you are interested. – diana
“Sweet Charlie sits here day after day waiting for his forever home. He was left behind at a trailer park to fend for himself. He was out there breeding where he got a transmitted disease called feline immunodeficiency virus (or FIV). This is one of many reason why you should always get your pets spayed and neutered. FIV is just a immune system disease. They can live a long healthy life indoors. Positive cats can live with negative cats. I have 2 FIV positive kitties living with my negative kitties for many years. All are healthy and happy. Once they are fixed, cats have no urge to breed or even fight once the hormones are out of their system they can coexists very well. Sweet Charlie we think was caught in a fan belt to keep warm. and it also looked burned. I am surprised he survived. He is so happy and content living the indoor life again. Charlie deserves a home where he can be loved for the rest of his life. Please give him a chance. Also please share. Located in Harrison Twp Mi.
Sweet Charlie sits here day after day waiting for his forever home. He was left behind at a trailer park to fend for himself. He was out there breeding where he got a transmitted disease called feline immunodeficiency virus (or FIV). This is one of many reason why you should always get your pets spayed and neutered. FIV is just a immune system disease. They can live a long healthy life indoors. Positive cats can live with negative cats. I have 2 FIV positive kitties living with my negative kitties for many years. All are healthy and happy. Once they are fixed, cats have no urge to breed or even fight once the hormones are out of their system they can coexists very well. Sweet Charlie we think was caught in a fan belt to keep warm. and it also looked burned. I am surprised he survived. He is so happy and content living the indoor life again. Charlie deserves a home where he can be loved for the rest of his life. Please give him a chance. Also please share. Located in Harrison Twp Mi.
Thank you 4 paws 1 heart for taking care of his medical needs.
4/2321 – At approximately 8 weeks old, Ava and Milo were dumped from a car into a field and fortunately rescued. We, as usual, are thankful that we can pay for their neuter and spay so that they may be adopted by a loving family and never be responsible for more babies. – diana
4/22/21 – RIP Satin. It was January when she followed her rescuer into a party store, knowing she needed help. She appeared to have been overbred and dumped once she was no longer of use. She had two, softball size ‘lumps’ in two of her nipples. Satin was treated by one of our veterinary partners and the tumors were removed but unfortunately they recently came back. Satin appeared to be in pain and her rescuer decided it was time to let her peacefully cross the rainbow bridge. After being used and abused for years, Satin did enjoy a few months of love and care. – diana
4/20/21 – RIP Sweet Dwight, you were very much loved in the end. It was March 1 when Heather contacted me about helping Dwight. The little guy followed her from a laundromat to her apartment. He had wounds all over his body plus a cyst near his eye. We were happy to help. Unfortunately, Dwight’s second chance at life was not to be and here is his story from Heather just 9 days later:
“I wanted to send you a nicer pic of Dwight. I would love to have you do a memorial post for him. I have also attached a short video of his joy the moment I brought him in for rescue.
His story: I live in a poverty stricken, low income area in Pontiac where I run a small rescue called Up in Arms for Animals Rescue & Rehab. We have a large stray cat population which attracts many pet theives to sell strays into the cruel dog fighting industry (I’ve now been approached by 3 of them trying to get cats in my care). I saw Dwight several buildings away while coming back from the laundry room. I blew kisses to him from about 40 ft away and he came running after me like he had been in search of someone to bring him indoors. He happily let me pick him up and bring him into my home where I quarantined him in my bathroom from the other rescues here. I found him covered in wounds from fighting, including a large infected cyst near his left eye. He spent only a week with me and yelled and screamed nearly constantly. I brought him into the vet last Friday when he was diagnosed with both FIV and FeLV. I now believe Dwight may have been suffering and when he saw me leaving the laundry room, he knew to follow me for the help he needed. I’m still mourning his loss after the vet recommended euthanasia which was done that day. He was very sweet and so happy to be fed, indoors where it’s warm, safe and receiving the love and care he wanted and needed. He sadly only lived a short life of only about a year, but he knew love and kindness. I stayed by his side through his final moments when myself and the vet staff all cried for his tragic death.
Thank you for helping me to end his suffering. None of us wanted things to end this way for Dwight but I’m happy that he at least didn’t die alone, cold, hungry and scared on the street. Thank you.
Up in Arms for Animals Rescue & Rehab
As an added note, I asked Heather about what I had previously heard about cats now being used in dog fighting in that she had mentioned it. You may remember that a rescue friend in Detroit had told me about cats paws being painted and then being used in dog fighting. Here is Heather’s response:
“They don’t usually just paint the paws. They usually look for white and light colored cats because they spray paint and dye them different colors so there’s no confusion in who wins the bets. It’s disgusting and evil and my main motivation in doing rescue here. I’m happy that at least these coward pet thieves don’t want to fight with me because that’s what it would take to get an animal from me. I have been trying to get pertinent information regarding their identity and location here but unfortunately people know better than to give it to me. Thankfully there are still some good people left here in Pontiac and several have stepped in to save these babies from abuse and knew to bring them to me for safety. I try to focus my thoughts on the ones I manage to save and not the ones who disappear before I can get them but it’s hard to do when they approach me. Thank you for helping so many animals. You are doing God’s work helping so many. I plan to do a fundraiser for your organization soon if that’s ok with you. – Heather”
And Heather is doing a facebook fundraiser, and we will continue to help her whenever she asks and we have the funds. – diana
For many years, we had a dog named Charlie who we called Chuckie sometimes. I feel that now his whole story should be told. He came to rescue after being used for bait (I’ll spare you the photos). Not to us but another rescue. He received blood transfusions from another rescue dog who was his angel. He got adopted to a man and lived with him and another male dog. All his shots were kept up to date. One day, the landlord entered Charlie’s home unannounced and illegally. Charlie protected his home, as many dogs would. Animal control was called. The landlord should have been charged with illegal entry and trespassing but he wasn’t. Charlie was not given the option to do the bite hold at home (which is the norm) but instead he was dragged out on a control stick and taken to the county shelter. There he was kenneled between two large intact males. I know that because I saw them. I found out that he had no out time and I believe he was in his kennel while they cleaned it because they had labeled him aggressive because he protected his home and his owner. When the bite hold was up, there was a fee to get him out, and by then his owner was living in his van with his other dog due to the landlord illegally evicting him. Since he couldn’t take care of Charlie anymore, the return contract would hold that rescue responsible to go get him, and usually shelters work with rescue on fees which would have been great…..except…..they left him there. And there he sat. For almost a month. Those bitches just left him there. Of course an evaluation in there would do nothing since the people who work there all look the same as the idiot that drug him out of his home.
Some friends who supported us back then had paid for his vet bills the first time he was rescued and asked us to give him a chance and we did. Sadly the system caused him more issues than being a bait dog did. He was online as experienced handler only, and privacy fence required but he never trusted men after I went and got him out of that kennel.
I have some bad news. Our Charlie started limping a few months ago. Because our vet had closed, we took him to a new place (still looking for a decent vet) and we got an exray and while we were there he got pretty aggressive. Luckily I was holding him and he was muzzled. They said he had bone cancer in his back leg. I knew from experience that we could amputate but the cancer would return in a few months to a year so I decided to show him a good time. A few days ago, the heavy pain meds I was giving him pretty much stopped helping and I made some calls but this drive through vet service wasn’t right for him or me. I was able to get a very expensive house call vet who came pretty far to put him down in the backyard. I’d tranquilized him before he got there and he’s gone now. It makes me sad what happened to him from animal control taking him out of his home, to the unnecessary situation at the shelter, to the other rescue leaving him there, etc. Because of all of that, I buried him in the backyard where he always knew he was safe. He was the fiercest protector and although he had issues (that he came by honestly) he was a good boy and a lot of fun. I suppose since all our remaining dogs are older and have issues, this will continue but that is one reason I wanted to stop intake a few years back. We’re really going to miss him.
4/14/21 – RIP Sweet Charlie – It was April, 2011 when Charlie first came into our lives at only 8 months old. He was found on a porch in a nearby City, obviously used as a bait dog and then discarded when he was no longer of use. He had severe infections all over his body and joints, bed sores, internal bleeding, and bronchitis. He was brought into the emergency where Gina worked at the time and after 4 1/2 hours of surgery and getting a transfusion from Gina’s, Angel, Charlie recovered and he was taken in by a rescue who offered to take him in. Charlie was adopted out and we all thought his life would change for the better but unfortunately, although he may have been loved for a short while, the adopted home turned out to be not the best. As described in the Mutts of Motown post I’ve shared, Charlie couldn’t catch a break. But I had no idea all of what went on until I read a post from the rescue advising that Charlie was to be euthanized at the shelter. I immediately contacted the rescue as I felt they were obligated to save Charlie but the rescue refused and that was the last time we ever had anything to do with that rescue. Then began the days of calling on everyone I knew (and that wasn’t much in those early days) in my attempt to save Charlie. Finally, it was Laura of Mutts of Motown who stepped up and together with her, the shelter Chief, and a few other friends who got Charlie out of death row and the horrible, frightening environment he had been experiencing. We can’t thank Laura enough for giving Charlie the love and respect he so much deserved. – diana