10th Anniversary of 4 Paws 1 Heart – Hercules and Katniss

8/15/20 – Can you believe that on Tuesday, August 18, 4 Paws 1 Heart will be celebrating our 10th anniversary!! I swear it only seems like yesterday when Gina DeLuca came into our lives because she was the vet tech at a veterinary hospital we had decided to use for our very sick kitty. At the time, the vet hospital had a small kitten rescue which Gina took care of. The relationship with Gina became a little stronger when she took in a hours-old kitten who had been left at our doorstep by an outside cat who had 4 kittens that morning. Gina named that kitten ‘Mouse’ and Mouse became her constant companion for a number of weeks.
Unfortunately, Mouse did not survive but her mom became our cat, Sophia, one of her babies moved in with my mom and dad, and her other two babies found homes

Tony, my husband, and I remembered Gina and her kitten rescue and when we had some extra money from a family fundraising event, we decided to donate it to Gina. But when we contacted her, we found out that she had moved on to another job at an emergency hospital in Harper Woods, MI.

Gina told me about her experiences there and that was the beginning of our discussions as to how we could make a difference for those stray animals being brought into the emergency hospital. The majority of those animals were injured or ill and had no one to care for them, let alone pay for the medical treatment. Gina and I did some research and learned that there was no organization in our region who was committed to funding medical treatment for stray animals. At that point, I was able to convince a few of my colleagues from Leadership Macomb to join us in our mission and the rest is history.

We applied and joyously received our 501c3 – non-profit status and since that very beginning, we have paid $926,961 in medical bills for over 7,000 stray, abandoned, and abused animals. We continue to be humbled by the amazing support we have received from our communities, our donors, and so many veterinary hospitals. There are many cases that stand out for me but I think that two of the most prominent, which brought attention to our organization, involved Hercules and Katniss. Their stories were so heartbreaking that they brought awareness of the cruelty of some humans and the plight of those most vulnerable in our society. Hercules’ back legs were broken by his owner and Katniss was left out in the rain, at the street curb, with the garbage.

Please check out our website, or are main fb page to read the many cases we have been involved with since 2010. Hercules -2012 too 2013 katniss collage-1 Again, thank you for your long-time support. Please know that you have made a significant difference in many lives. – diana

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Lulubelle – Her Owner Passed Away and Left Her Homeless

8/12/20 -Lulubelle has lost everything she’s known. Megan interceded with Lulbelle’s medical needs while Lulubelle lived with her elderly owner and now has once again contacted us for help as Lulbelle is homeless and looking for that forever home to live those last days of her journey. Here is Lulbelle’s story as told to us by Megan:

“Lulabelle showed up as a stray about 8 or 9 years ago. Her caretaker did the best he could with what he had. Over the last 3-4 years his health declined and he accepted my help. I provided food and vetting when needed. Last year Lulabelle developed an abscess on her face from a few bad teeth. 4 Paws 1 Heart assisted and she saw Dr Zalac. Lulabelle ended up having a dental and 10 teeth removed. Lulabelle was given back to her caretaker as being away from him proved to be hard on both of them. Over the last few months her vision has greatly declined and the glaucoma is taking over the right eye. It is believed that the left eye lens is detached and needs to be removed in the near future. Last week her life drastically changed. Her caretaker passed away and she was left alone with his body. I now have her. She has been to see Dr Zalac with the help of Diana & 4 Paws 1 Heart once again. Her senior blood panel was awesome but she is blind! Dr Z started her on some eyes drops and meds for arthritis and would like to recheck in a week. She is adjusting well. While I love her and want nothing for the best for her, I know my home isn’t the best fit for her. I have been screening potential retirement homes for her and hope to have her settled this coming week.- Megan”

lulubelle w:megan 8:11:20 lulubelle w:megan
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Bentley – Attacked by Another Dog

8/11/20 – Bentley was living in a car with a homeless person. That person apparently dropped him off at another home and during that time he was attacked by another dog and suffered a severe gash very close to his eye. The rescuer had been trying to get Bentley from this person for a month because of suspected abuse and was finally able to get the person to surrender him. Bentley was taken to our partner emergency hospital where the wound was treated with antibiotics. He also received his vaccinations. Bentley is currently in a safe home. – diana
4paws1heart.org/donations/Bentley w:amy bonjiorno 8:1:20

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Dahlia-Originalyl Rescued in December, 2019, Now Needs Additional Help

7/13/20 – Dahlia was rescued from the streets by the local animal control and our friend from Friends of Scooby Animal Rescue took her in. In December, 2019 we were contacted to help with dental surgery which we were happy to do but now in July, Dahlia continues to have skin/rash issues. She is scheduled to see her favorite doctor who took care of her prior surgery and we hope Dr. Z can find the root of her skin issues. Here is Dhala now and in December. – diana
4paws1heart.org/donations/dahlia w:megan 7:9:20

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Trixie Anne – Rescued From a Dangerous Situation Needing Medical for a Cherry Eye

7/7/20 – Trixie Ann was rescued from a very dangerous situation. The poor girl has a cherry eye which will have to be treated; if left untreated, Trixie Ann would be in much pain and could go blind. She is seeing one of our partner doctors next week and will also be vaccinated, tested, and spayed. A huge thank you to all of our supporters who continue to donate so that we can continue to help all of these homeless animals who need our help. – diana

trixie w:amy 7:1:20
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Zuni – Heart Worm Free After Help from 4 Paws 1 Heart and Rescue from Streethearts Rescue

7/1/20 – Zuni Update! Zuni was rescued from very dangerous streets and found to be heart worm positive. 4 Paws 1 Heart paid for her treatment and we are thrilled to report that Zuni is now heart worm FREE. Look at the difference between today (first photo) and when she was first rescued in April. She also has a meet and greet scheduled for July 6 and we have our paws crossed that she will find that perfect forever home. Many thanks to Streethearts Animal Rescue for all that they do. – diana
4paws1heart.org/donations/zuni w:streethearts 6:2220 zuni w:streethearts zuni streethearts 4:22:20

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Charlie, Caesar, Mina – Happy Updates

Happy Father’s Day to all the good men who have furbabies in their lives. I’ve always said that there is something special about a man who loves and cares for animals. So, on this day to celebrate our dads, I wanted to give some updates.

Charlie – Charlie was rescued by the great people of Their Last Resort . Charlie was absolutely on death’s door and, thankfully, after days in the hospital is now doing great. We were happy to help a little and if you are interested in Charlie, please check out Their Last Resort Rescue’s page.

Caesar – Caesar was rescued from the streets of Flint, MI. Our friends at Streethearts Rescue work very hard to save so many. When Caesar was taken to the vet for vetting, he was found to have heart worm. We were happy to pay for his heart worm treatment and even happier to find out that he is now heart worm free and is now in his furever home.

Mina – We were contacted again by our friends at Streethearts. They had rescued Mina from the streets of Flint, MI and five days after she was adopted, it was found that she had tumors on her vulva. Streethearts continued their commitment to Mina and asked for our help with her surgery. Later, Mina’s doctor found more tumors and recommended Mina be seen by a specialist. We were able to find a sponsor for Mina to see one of the best oncologists in the area and she will be seeing the doctor this coming week. We don’t know what the outcome will be for this very sweet girl who already is much loved but at least she will be given a chance.

Thank you to all of our supporters who help us give stray and abandoned animals that second chance at life. – diana
4paws1heart.org/donations/charlie 6:15:20 with their last resort caesar 6:14:20 mina 2020

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Mina – 6 Days After Her Adoption She Was Diagnosed With Cancer

6/12/20 – Asking for prayers for sweet Mina (now Cali). Six days after Mina’s adoption was final, her rescuers , Streethearts, found out that she has a cancerous mass. On June 4 she had her surgery to remove the tumor but 4 more were found. Please send out a good thought and some love for this very sweet girl found on the street. Her adopted family is very much in love with her and I truly admire Streethearts for keeping their commitment to Mina and contacting us for help. – diana

mina 2020Update:  Mina was taken to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services and was seen by one the their cancer specialists.  There were two options for treatment and the new family with the help of 4 Paws 1 Heart and a sponsor chose an option that would be more gentle on Mina.  She would start a regimen of oral chemo.  Mina started her treatment shortly afterward.
July Update – One month after treatment started, Mina was rechecked and the doctor determined that Mina was doing well.  Her treatment will continue for another 5 months while she is checked every month. – diana
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