4/20/21 – Before Dwight, Heather contacted us about Jezzibelle. She had been rescued with very severe dental issues causing her much pain. She had already lost some teeth. It took awhile before she could have surgery but eventually she was ready and we were happy to cover the much needed extractions surgery. Jezzibelle is doing great in her temporary home but is still looking for her furever home. If you would like to give her that second chance at life, please contact Heather at: upinarmsforanimalsrr@gmai..com – 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
4/19/21 – Andy was found on the street with what seems to be a severe eye infection. He will be seen at one of our partner vets for an exam and treatment for his eye and later will get ‘the works’ once he is healthy. He’s a very sweet boy who needs a second chance. – diana
4/16/21 – More cats rescued by Saving Cats and Kittens and helped by 4 Paws 1 Heart. It’s not just about neutering/spaying the cats on the streets today but it’s about keeping more cats from being born on the streets in the future. We are the only solution. Here is Poof, Peppers, Peppermint, Popcorn, and Honeydew, – diana
4/16/21 – No matter how many we all try to spay/neuter, the overpopulation of cats continues. We are very thankful for the support that has allowed us to continue to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide needed medical care of the orphans on the streets. You might remember Howie who was found pretty shredded after being in a fight. Well, when Howie was found, many others showed up and we will be helping Saving Cats and Kittens with the medical needs. Please remember that just because a cat is outside, it doesn’t mean that cat is feral. The cat may have escaped or been abandoned. If you are looking for a new love in your life, please check out the cats and kittens available with Saving Cats and Kittens Michigan. – diana
4/14/21 – This baby, Stitch, was found in a shed with a feral mom and a deceased sibling. Stitch has two infected eyes and what appears to be an upper respiratory infection. Fortunately, Stitch has an appointment tomorrow and we will be covering his medical until he is old enough to be spayed/neutered. – diana
4/13/21 – Rocky and Inky were found on the streets in the middle of February. They were taken in by our good friend Jo A. We were happy to get them into a vet to be vaccinated, snap tested, treated for fleas/parasites, and of course, neutered. Another two lost souls off the dangerous streets and into someone’s heart. Without our supporters, these lives would never have a second chance. – diana
4/13/21 – This is another beauty rescued from a field in January of this year. The person who rescued her does what she can to rescue many of the kittens she finds in that particular field in Clinton Twp., MI. Harley’s rescuer tried for months to get Harley into a low-cost clinic but had no luck so she contacted us to see if we could help. We had Harley go to our favorites at Patterson Veterinary and as you can see, she has made herself at home. – diana
4/13/21 – It was last Fall when I was contacted about helping Selina. Selina had been showing up at a very kind couple’s house for a couple of months. The couple decided, that with winter approaching, they would like to bring her in and make her part of their family. We authorized her medical needs but it took a little effort for the couple to trap her. they finally did and although she was afraid for awhile, she immediately took to using the litter box. This convinced the couple that Selina must have been in a home at one time and maybe even abused because she seemed so frightened. She was finally able to get into one of our partner vets and we have another kitty no longer alone on the streets. – diana
4/12/21 – These two Smokeys were rescued early in the year. One was found in a trailer park with an upper respiratory infection and the other was found on the streets. We were happy to take care of their medical treatment so that they could go on to be adopted. – diana