9/28/21 – Maximus was found covered in blood. From the bite marks on his face, it was believed that he was being taught to fight. Part of he ear had been cut off, his tongue was cut and he showed signs of being electrocuted. He also had a hole in the bottom of his jaw. He continues to have seizures from the electrocution and has emotional issues from being tortured. When he was rescued he was very weak, malnourished, and dehydrated. His physical health has been addressed but he suffers from the torture and is definitely fearful of most humans, especially men. And throughout all of this, he, for whatever reason, loves cats. His rescuer has been working with him and will do what is necessary to give him a better quality of life. He will remain with the rescuer and we have committed to taking care of his medical needs. Unfortunately, this is the life of far too many animals used for the sick pleasure and greed of humans. Without your donations, we could not be there for the most vulnerable. Thank You for your continued support. – diana.
9/22/21 – On July 28, 2021, I posted about Tinkerbell. She had been adopted out to what was thought a good family but was later found to have been kept on a chain 24/7 and possibly pregnant. She had a severe yeast, skin, and ear infection and had blood in her urine. I realize that most rescues will make sure their rescues are spayed/neutered before adopting out but there are a few, if they feel the adopter is trustworthy, will make other arrangements if the female had not had her first heat. We approved Tinkerbell to be treated for her infections and to get an ultra sound to determine the stage of her pregnancy. Well, now I’d like to report that Tinkerbell had 9 babies on September 14. One puppy was still born and another puppy had severe jaundice and died two days later. There are now 7 puppies who are doing well who will eventually be looking for their furever homes. – diana
9/16/21 – Belia has been kept on a chain for what may be most of her life. Her owner was shot and killed and the family did not want her. She is 11 years old, malnourished, and was allegedly used for breeding. The rescuer was also told that she tested positive for heart worm but if she was, we are not sure if she was ever treated. Belia will be seeing one of our partner vets to confirm the heart worm diagnosis and if she is positive, we will be covering her treatment. We will also be following the doctor’s recommendations as to whether she needs to be spayed, vaccinated, etc. The abuse of dogs and cats in so many rough neighborhoods is heartbreaking. The situations are overwhelming for rescues and shelters. Belia will get love, care, and time to decompress from what appears to have been a horrible life. – diana.
9/13/21 – Paco is believed to be a Staffy/Shepherd mix about 10 months old. Unfortunately, he was trying to be sold by someone looking for drugs. A friend of 4p1h was able to get him and contacted us for help with vetting. We will make sure that all of his medical needs are met and the finder will work with him to make sure he trusts humans. It is sad that far too many dogs are used to raise money for nefarious reasons and only God knows what will happen to these animals who find themselves in the hands of dog fighters or worse. – diana
9/12/21 – Benzo and Twin. Unfortunately, anyone involved in saving the lives of the abandoned and abused have heard this story one too many times. Man/Woman breaks up with Woman/Man — Man/Woman doesn’t want the pets but will take the boyfriend/girlfriend back. Pets are either thrown outside to fend for themselves or left behind in a vacant home to starve to death and wallow in their own feces. This is what happened with Benzo and Twin. Left behind in the house because one of the partners didn’t want them. Thankfully, people who learned of the situation, got in touch with me and these little guys who were already beginning to show signs of malnutrition will be seeing a vet tomorrow and will get neutered, vaccinated, and tested. If you are interested in these approximate one-year-old boys, contact Jessica at: email@example.com – Diana
9/6/21 – She was saved from a drug house where she was abused if didn’t do what they wanted — like walking on a leash. She would be seen being dragged and choking until she would walk. Viola is 9 months old. Her abuse was severe and she will need time to decompress and learn to trust humans. She will be tested for heart worm, spayed, and vaccinated when she is comfortably settled with her rescuer. One often wants to ask why humans treat animals like this with such cruelty but then you can turn on you TV or read the newspapers and figure out why. It’s those same people that have no respect for life — animal or human. Please remember the vulnerable in your prayers. – diana
9/2/21 – I recently received the following request for help:
“My name is Danna. About 4 months ago, as an emergency, I rescued a female pit/terrier in that the couple who had her had neglected, abused, and misfed the dog. I immediately put her on a wait list to be spayed and to get her immediately checked for everything ( 2 years old and never had any shots). Wednesday July 21, she visited the vet, had a successful spay, but comes the bearer of bad news. She is heart worm positive, in a pretty advanced stage (there was no microfilariae, all adult).
I would love to give this sweet girl a life she deserves, but my heart breaks knowing that it maybe too far advanced.
I have made an appointment with all about animals in Flint, Michigan for August 20th for an initial consultation.
Unfortunately, I do not have the funds in order to pay the vet for the treatment, anything will help my sweet BellaBean”.
Of course, because of our generous supporters, I was able to say YES and Bella Bean was started on her 30-day pre-treatment. Without the many individuals and businesses who support us we would never be able to help these abused animals. But because of caring people like Danna and our friends, Bella Bean will be given that chance for a life filled with love and care. Please say a prayer for her because heart worm treatment is brutal, especially when dealing with advanced stages. – Diana Rascano4paws1heart.org/donations/
8/31/21 – Beautiful Moon luckily showed up on the porch of a very caring family. Moon had a large flea collar on her, her ribs were visible, and her eyes were nearly closed and runny. She was coughing and had severe diarrhea. Tomorrow she will be seen by one of our partner vets and will be on her way to recovery and a safe and loving home. Thank you to the thousands of kind and caring people who have contacted us over the last 11 years to request help for the orphans on our streets. – diana.
8/19/21 – This very sad and sweet girl was found in a neighbor’s yard. Alanda, the finder and her friend searched the neighborhood trying to find an owner but no one claimed her. Alanda, who was Gus’ rescuer (see website for his story) named her Imelda — sweet survivor. Imelda will be seeing one of our partner vets because she has a severe flea infestation and the poor baby is constantly scratching. She will be tested for heart worm, vaccinated, and spayed if needed. Alanda needs a reputable foster or adopter for this sweetie. So, please contact Alanda if you can help at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank God for people who care! – diana.
8/18/21 – A little over 11 years ago, I had a conversation with a colleague from Leadership Macomb (an organization I volunteered with for 21 years) about starting a non-profit which funded medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused animals. I originally got the idea because of the experience of Gina DeLuca Jenio who at the time was a vet tech at an emergency hospital on the east side of Wayne County. From that point, my friends, Cheryl Allmacher, Pam Willer, Cynthia S. Wojtowycz , Jimetta J. Dion Lewis and Gina got together and created 4 Paws 1 Heart. We had the perfect group of business, marketing, IT, non-profit, and animal expertise. And, 11 years later we have paid a little over $1.1 million in medical funding for stray animals in Macomb, Wayne, Oakland, and Genesee counties–also, in other parts of MI but not predominantly. We have assisted over 8,500 animals start a second chapter in their lives and have reduced the over population of strays on the streets by ensuring that every animal we assist is spayed/neutered/vaccinated. And, we could not have done it without our thousands of donors, our veterinary hospitals who provide us access and special pricing, and the many rescuers who do the ultimate work of rescuing those orphans on the streets. I want to recognize those hospitals we work with most although there are dozens of others who will work with us from time to time, and we, of course, appreciate them. Thank YOU to: All About Animals Rescue, without you thousands of cats and dogs would be born and killed on the streets; Patterson Veterinary Hospital, you’ve been with us from the beginning and we are furever grateful; Orion Animal Hospital, we met you at Patterson and then, Dr. Zalak, you went out on your own. You have come into the office on your days off and you’ve taught me so much–I don’t know what we would have done without you and your amazing staff; Groesbeck Animal Hospital, Center Line Veterinary Hospital, Five Mile Animal Hospital, Veterinary Medical Center, Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, the home of our canine mascot, Hercules. Dr. Kern, you, too, have been integral to our success; Advanced Animal Emergency always there to help us with emergencies and support while so many others emergency hospitals are closing; Humane Society of St. Clair County/ S.N.A.P, The PAWS Clinic, COMFORT’s PLACE — all low cost clinics overwhelmed during this very difficult 1 and 1/2 years.
I apologize for this long post but this journey has been amazing and it absolutely filled what was supposed to be a retirement from 32 years at Detroit Edison with the opportunity to not only save animals but to meet such a wonderful group of people who in some cases have become life-long friends. Thank YOU to our current Board of Directors: Gina DeLuca Jenio, Cynthia Wojtowycz, Lori Jobak, Dee Brown Gudenau, Angela Rogensues, Julie Ann Van Ameyde, Denise Najera, and Kim Fuhrmann. And our former Board Members: Dar Chip, Melissa Wills-Jeffrey, and Jimetta J. Dion Lewis. And, thank you to everyone who shares these posts and gives me the encouragement to keep fighting the fight to save those who have NO VOICE. May God Bless all those who advocate for the animals and may he watch over those who have no one. Here’s are Canine and Feline Mascots — Hercules and Chance may they live forever on this earth and in our hearts. – diana