Dwight – RIP – It Was Just Too Late and He Had Been Through So Very Much

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.
Heather Breitbach
Up in Arms for Animals Rescue & Rehab
Pontiac, Mi”
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
“The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin” – A. W. Tozerdwight 3:1:21 dwight 3:1:21-- dwight 3:10:21
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Charlie – A Memorial from the Woman Who Saved Him

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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.
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Charlie – RIP – 10 Years Later

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
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Macaroni – Left Behind a Veterinary Hospital During a Rainstorm

4/9/21 – Meet Macaroni. Remember all of that rain yesterday, well this beautiful baby was abandoned in a carrier behind one of our favorite veterinary hospitals that has an amazing staff. I was contacted by Amber (Syrio’s mom–you can read about Syrio on our website) and asked if we could take care of Macaroni’s medical. We said yes and Macaroni might just have a home lined up. But just in case, contact Amber at: scarlettrosered@gmail.com – diana
“Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than animals” – Elvis Presley
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Blue – Left Behind When His Owners Moved to Texas

3/31/21 – I just corrected the e mail address of the rescuer/foster: joadd18@gmail.com
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3/30/21 – Blue Is a male Russian Blue who was left behind 10 days ago, according to neighbors, when his owner moved to Texas. The neighbor said that he had been sitting outside his front door crying and trying to get in. Our friend, Jo A., took him in yesterday and will try to find a furever home. He is super sweet and friendly. I authorized him to be seen by one of our vets for testing, vaccinating, and neutering if needed. Please contact Jo at: joadd18@gmail.com if interested in adopting Blue.
Every time I hear a story like this, which is way too often, I wish karma on the owner. I would not do what this owner did to an iguana (whom I am afraid of), let alone a domestic animal who has been in a home probably his whole life. Please send some positive energy to Blue so that he can live the rest of his life safe, warm, and loved. – diana
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Kira – Her Owner Died and the Family Was Going to Euthanize Her

3/9/21 – Kira’s owner died and the family made an appointment to euthanize her. When the granddaughter found out, she contacted Midland County Pit Stop who was able to take her in. The rescue had some other critical rescues at the time they took in Kira but were able to pay for her vetting but the doctor found that Kira’s teeth were very bad and she had a tumor that needed to be removed. The president of the rescue contacted us for help.
Kira had her surgery last Friday and we are thankful that because of our loyal supporters we were able to help Kira have a second chance at life. The tumor had been pulling at her skin and she was definitely in pain. Kira is doing well although she is still in recovery mode. Anyone interested in this very sweet girl should contact the rescue. – diana
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Sophie and Bella – RIP – Lived Together Since Kittens, Then Their Elderly Owner Died

3/3/21 – RIP Sophie and Bella – Here is their story from their rescuer, Jem.
“Sophie and Bella lived together since they were kittens. Bella (calico) passed in August 2020, at 18, and Sophie (B+W)
passed Monday, at 17.
After their elderly owner ended up in the hospital, her family abandoned the two cats. They made it into 4Paws1Heart’s care and settled in with a foster home. Bella was adopted, but Sophie’s chronic sickness kept her from being adopted out, so she remained under 4P1H care with her loving foster. Thanks to 4P1H, Sophie was able to live the final three years of her life in peace, knowing she would never be abandoned again, and that she would be kept comfortable until it was time for her to go.- Jem”
Most recently, Sophie had a stroke and 4 paws 1 heart took care of Sophie’s medical needs which included blood work and treatment. But, at her age, I guess it was time. Our hearts are broken for their passing but thankful that both Bella and Sophie died with love and not abandonment. – diana
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Apple (aka Oatie) – Found On an Overpass Near the Freeway

3/2/21 – First let me humbly thank our dear, long-time friend who celebrated her 50th Birthday by offering to match up to $1,000 in donations through the end of February. Because of her and the amazing generosity of our supporters, the challenge was met. These dollars are used to fund medical treatment for the many stray, abused, and abandoned animals found on the streets injured or sick. Apple (formerly known as Oatie) is one of those animals. Here is what was sent to me during the brutal month of December:
“I found the sweetest pit bull while out on my run on Sunday. She was on an overpass by the Lodge freeway. She came straight to me. She was hungry and cold, but very friendly. She licked my face and hopped right in my car when my husband came to get us. My friend, Ash, of My Sidekick Dog Training, is fostering her at her home and I’m helping her as much as I can, as I don’t have space and my pup doesn’t do well with other dogs in her space.
Ash and I named her Oatie. Ash noticed a cough today, so I brought her to the vet. She has heart worms and there are larvae in her blood. I’m starting her on Doxycycline and they’re doing a chest x ray and blood work. Ash suggested that I reach out to your organization to ask if you can help with the heart worm injections that will be coming. She’s such a good girl; I have to have her treated. I can’t leave her to deal with this. But today’s bill was already so expensive and it was only the first round of treatment. She’s going to make someone such a wonderful best friend. Ash and I will make sure she’s cared for and find her a good home. If there’s any way 4 Paws 1 Heart can help it would truly be a bright light in this crazy year. Thank you for your time and consideration. I truly appreciate what you and your group do. – Megan”
Fortunately, we were able to say YES and Apple started her treatment at Comfort’s Place on January 5. AND, the even better news is that she has found her forever home with a loving mom who also happens to be a nurse. Of course, we have a commitment to this very sweet girl and will complete her medical treatment until she is fully recovered and has been able to be spayed and vaccinated. – dianaApple 3:2:21 apple 3:2:21- apple 3:2:21==
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Ivy – Rescued Near a Motel; Possibly Left Behind by a ‘Guest’

2/28/21 – Last day of the shortest month of the year and the kitties keep coming! And, now, unfortunately, it appears that “kitten season” has started early. What more can happen in this very insane year.
This beauty, Ivy, was just rescued near a motel where a friend of 4p1h has found others. There is a small wooded area behind the motel and it appears that people who may be staying at the motel are leaving their cats behind or people are dropping them off in the woods. This baby is very pregnant and will be seeing one of our partner doctors for a wellness check. Thankfully she was rescued by Christina H. who has made sure that Ivy does not have her babies in the cold snow and rain. – diana
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Rocky – Because of the Bite Scars, It’s Suspected He Was Used as a Bait Dog

2/25/21 – This is Rocky. It is suspected he was being used as a bait dog by a dog fighting ring. Rocky is estimated to be about 5 months old. He had bite scars all over his body. A brave and caring person got him out of the situation yesterday and he was able to get into one of our vets immediately for a heart worm test, vaccines, a general check up and eventual neuter. Rocky also had a growth on his jaw which may have been caused by another earlier injury and may require an x ray. A rescue organization will be searched to take him in and ensure he is able to decompress. The rescuer advised that even with all of this abuse, Rocky is very sweet. – diana
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