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: [email protected] – diana
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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: [email protected]
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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: [email protected] 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

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==

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

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

ALERT – Cats in Danger; Being Used in Dog Fighting

2/24/21 – ALERT – This information came from a friend who cares for cat communities and rescues both dogs and cats in Detroit.
“Some dog fighting rings are now putting purple, yellow, and green bright colors on white areas of cats that they’re using as bait for fighting dogs. They now are betting on which cat will last the longest by three marked colors that are on them. So tell people to watch their cat communities. The only.reason this is out is that a lucky grey kitty escaped with purple paws and then later other cats were found dead, with color-coded parts. Plus, I had someone warn me to watch out for this.”
If anyone can add to this information it would be appreciated by all cat rescuers and caretakers. And this is one of many reasons for NEVER giving out cats for free and without appropriate vetting of the humans. – diana
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Chloe – RIP – Abandoned by Her Owners When They Moved

2/22/21 – RIP Chloe. This beautiful girl was abandoned by her owners when they moved. A friend of the rescuer would feed her but noticed that other strays in the neighborhood would beat up on her. The rescuer, Candice, took Chloe in and noticed that she was breathing heavily and after one night in her home, was no longer walking. We were able to get Chloe in to one of our partner vets today and the doctor discovered that Chloe had a huge tumor on her lung. Her prognosis was very dim and it was decided to humanely euthanize her. The rescuer will be with her this afternoon when she crosses the Rainbow Bridge and we will provide for a private cremation so that she can be buried with love when the ground is no longer frozen. May God bless the rescuer and our many veterinarians who generously work with us. – diana