Wren – RIP Sweet Baby

10/19/21 – RIP Sweet Wren – A good friend of 4p1h rescued Wren and her littermate one month ago yet she only weighed 7 oz. I was contacted today because Wren had what appeared to be a severe upper respiratory infection — she couldn’t eat and was very congested. One of our favorite doctors took her in almost immediately and determined that Wren had pneumonia and it was far too severe for her to recover. She was humanely euthanized. Wishing God’s blessings on Patricia, her rescuer, and the many amazing people who continue to rescue even though they are often faced with such heartbreak. – diana
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Leo & Callie – Couldn’t Eat Because of Severe Infection Requiring Dental Surgery

10/14/21 – Leo had his dental surgery yesterday and we are praying that this little guy can once again eat without pain and start gaining weight. I was first contacted about Leo and his sister Callie after we had helped his sibling, Tiger, who unfortunately died. Here is Shannon’s first message to me:
“Hi Diana, This is Shannon again, you helped me with Tiger and these 2 are Leo and Callie they are his siblings.. I know I mentioned them awhile back to you but real quick just to give you a quick recap of their story.
The 3 of them, these 2 and brother Tiger, who we recently lost to cancer, were feral cats who I was feeding In Birmingham. They were fixed, etc. and I started getting complaints from these idiot business owners that didn’t want them there. During COVID someone killed a random cat and placed it in a garbage bag next to their feeding station. During that time I was trying to trap Tiger; I knew he was not well and was hoping to find somewhere to possibly relocate his siblings if possible. They ended up going into the traps before him so I decided to take that opportunity and get them out of there. Well, as I’m sure you know it isn’t very easy to find a place for them to go and I haven’t gotten very far with them as in domesticating them. They are inside they have been in my master bedroom and since they were spayed and neutered a few yrs ago, they haven’t been back to the vet. I’m reaching out because I need to get them into the vet. I’m really worried especially about Leo you can see his mouth doesn’t look good and he smells awful. They are barely eating and she has a missing tooth. This is recent I have been caring for them for sometime now and other than obviously not being thrilled being inside they still always would eat and show their faces. Now they are barely coming out and eating very little. I know you’ve helped me a lot, so I hate to ask but now I’m so worried. I have to wash his blankets every other day. At first he got pretty chubby and I’ve noticed that’s he’s losing the weight. I’m concerned he has the same issues his brother did and she’s not too far behind him. If there’s anyway you can help these two maybe even if he could go first if that helps. Whatever you can do sorry again to have to ask. – Shannon”
Leo’s mouth was highly infected and all of his teeth needed to be extracted which was done yesterday. He is now on antibiotics and should be on the road to recovery. This type of surgery is needed far too often and is very expensive. Most cats requiring such extensive dental care would quickly be put down. Hopefully, we will be successful with our Sunday (October 17-see events) fundraiser and can then assist with Callie. Donations of any amount are always very much appreciated. – diana.
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Midnight – RIP – Her Injuries Were Just Too Severe

10/14/21
I have very sad news..
Midnight had to0 many things against her and despite all efforts she took a turn for the worse. Her kidneys were in failure and upon x ray the doctor discovered her pelvis was broken, so she could’ve been hit by a car.. Thank you to everyone involved who gave her a chance. Rest peacefully Midnight. No more suffering.midnight w:debbie 10:13:21
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10/13/21 – Please say a prayer for Midnight. A friend found her lying lifeless in the grass at an apartment complex known for dumping their cats when they ‘leave’. Our friend gave her fluids through the night as she was obviously dehydrated. The poor baby was declawed and would have been unable to defend herself or capture food. Fortunately, we were able to get her into the veterinary hospital where Gina works. She’s had blood work and x rays done. Her numbers are very elevated and the doctor is concerned that she was either poisoned or in her search for water/food drank/ate something toxic. She is on fluids and resting on a heated cushion; she will be spending the night in the hospital. May God be with these poor animals. – diana
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Abby – Trapped With a Severe Upper Respiratory Infection

10/13/21 – Abby was trapped with a very severe upper respiratory. At the same time, another kitten was trapped who was in even worse condition and died before the rescuer could get her into a vet. Abby was about 5 weeks old and was seen by one of our favorite vets who quickly treated her and saw her with a follow up visit. Bonnie went on to her foster family and will be up for adoption. – diana
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Gypsy – After Giving Birth, She Nearly Died

10/8/21 – Meet Gypsy. The sister of a local VFW Post Commander and 4p1h supporter, contacted us about this very sweet ‘feral’. Her story broke my heart:
“Thanks Diana for answering my message. 3 days ago (September 20) she birthed a huge kitten that was clean but dead…and a very small gray one… I protected the area she picked under my bedroom window with some covering and yesterday I made 3 different bedding options for her protection from all the rain. She had brought out the little one and it looked dead…. Last night she stayed in one of the bedding and later brought her dead kitty into the the extra box. I left both sides open but put out an extra box to protect from the north wind …. She sat all night in my chair protecting the box…. She was laying on the bed inside the box before that…. I am allergic but she is wanting to be petted so much… poor little young mama….. I am searching out cat rescues today… Diana”
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I contacted Diana who thought she had found a rescue but that later fell through. So, I authorized Gypsy’s medical treatment and thank God we were able to get her in quickly. While being spayed the doctor discovered pus in Gypsy’s uterus. The doctor said that Gypsy would have died from this condition within two weeks. Here whole little body would have been septic. As soon as Gypsy heard Diana’s voice she ate and purred. The hospital said that Gypsy was the sweetest ‘feral’ cat they had seen. This baby has been through so much and she now needs a loving home. If you are interested, please contact Diana at: diana.shafer@icloud.com –
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Opie – Finds His Furever Home

OPIE: Soooo, I know everybody’s been waiting for my big news and foster mommy says I can tell you tonight.
I have decided to adopt a very special family who needs me. I know you all remember my sweet foster brother who came before me..Scout/Jinx. Well, you might remember Jinx was FeLv+ but that didn’t detour his family from adopting him! Mom’s friend Kim and her hubby and their sweet kitty loving dog Gemma gave Jinx an amazing love filled, adventure filled, joy filled life. Although Jinx life was short, his family filled it with a lifetime of love.
Now…in just 6 more sleeps I’m going to officially adopt this wonderful mom, dad and fur sister and help heal their hearts and we’re gonna make wonderful new memories and have awesome adventures together!
Now of course no one could take the place of my angel brother Jinx, but lucky for me my family has decided to expand their hearts to make room in there for me. Yep, they need me and although I’ll miss foster mom, Aunt Shelly and the Gang..I can’t wait to romp and play with my sister Gemma, and get lots of love and kisses from mom and dad! I’m super excited for our first family vacation together! ❤opie 10:6:21
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Baby – Was Being Cared For as an Outside Stray – Now Inside for Good

10/6/21 – This is Baby. She is a friendly stray our Board member’s mom has been feeding for quite some time. Baby, is thought to be about ten years old and has been in the neighborhood for years. Denise, our Board member, and her sister have convinced their mom to bring her inside and let her become a ‘house’ cat so they are in the process of making that happen. Unfortunately, the other day she snuck past mom and got out. While she was out she did something to her right front leg and is limping pretty badly on it. Baby will be seeing one of our partner vets to have her leg examined and to get her vaccines. We are assuming she has been spayed because her ear is tipped. The family thinks Baby is getting too old to spend another winter outside and the mom has gained her trust and is willing to give her a forever home. We will do everything we can to make that happen. – diana
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Tux – No One Claimed Him; Emaciated and Soaked

10/5/21 – A kind woman was feeding Tux for about a month while trying to find his family; unfortunately, nobody claimed him. He initially showed up very thin after a torrential downpour. He loves to be petted and sits next to her when she is feeding him. But, because she already has a number of cats, she can’t take him in. 4 Paws 1 Heart covered his medical needs but the finder would love to find him a furever home before winter sets in. Anyone interested should contact Diane at: dmw1100@yahoo.com
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BlackJack – Cared For as an Outdoor Stray; Showed Up With a Neck Wound

1blackjack before and after 9:27:21 blackjack after vet visit0/4/21 – BlackJack was either dumped or is an escapee but he knew the right house to go to. He showed up very scraggly (as you can see) but the family cared for him and eventually allowed him to go inside at night. He recently showed up with a lump under his jaw and we were asked for help. We authorized BlackJack to see a vet and it was determined that the lump was a puncture wound. BlackJack was already neutered and when the infection is cleared, he will be vaccinated and the family who has fallen in love with him will try to keep him inside full time. – diana
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