Baxter and Tawny – Found behind a garden center; one with a botfly, the other with fluid in her sinuses

7/20/21 – Last Wednesday evening I received a call from a rescuer we have often helped. Here is the story of Baxter and Tawny:”They were found at Hall’s nursery and were initially put in a safe space out of the weather in hopes that the mom would come back. The next day they were still alone; there was no mom in sight. The store employees reached out to me for help and when the kittens were brought to me, I realized that the smallest one, Baxter had a botfly. He was very listless, rolled up in a ball and not responding to any food at that time and the other kitten, Tawny, appeared to be aspirating as she was blowing bubbles out of her nose. – Patricia” Patricia contacted me and because the day veterinaries were all closed, I contacted our friends at Advanced Animal Emergency who advised to bring the kittens into the hospital. The kittens were seen shortly after arrival and the botfly was removed from Baxter and he was put on antibiotics. Tawny was x-rayed to determine if she had fluid in her lungs and none was found. But, she did have fluid in her sinuses. She was also put on antibiotics.and Baxter was put on Antibiotics, next morning he was vocal and had a good appetite and is doing great. By the next morning both were doing well, eating, drinking, and playing.Patricia believes the kittens are not from the same litter, as Baxter is only 6.7 oz. and his teeth are just now starting to come in, so she believes he is about 2+ weeks old. Tawny, on the other hand, is 9 oz. and her teeth are fully in and she is more than likely 3+ weeks old. Anyone interested in adopting these babies when they are old enough should contact Patricia at: pattib7355@aol.comPatricia contacted the finders and no other kittens were found; there are multiple cats in the area, so the mother couldn’t be determined. They appear to be taken care of by a neighbor but, unfortunately, she has not TNR’d any of them. Obviously situation that needs to be addressed. But, again, the number of these types of situations are overwhelming. The wonderful volunteers who do trap/neuter/return are overwhelmed and under-resourced. The low-cost clinics are doing the best they can but still behind because of the restrictions and closures of 2020. Most often the individual rescuers are using their own money or asking 4 Paws 1 Heart for help. In the past ten years we have helped hundreds of TNR projects but because my resources are limited, I have not had the time to go after grants as many much larger rescues are able to do. Consequently, we have had to rely on our very generous donors. –

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Kitty Room – Complements of Pet Supplies Plus and 4 Paws 1 Heart Villagers

7/5/2` The Pet Supplies Plus Kitty Room on Harper just south of 13 Mile in St. Clair Shores will be opening once again!!! Just in time to help get the many kittens we assisted with medical funding get their furever homes. These kittens are not the ‘property’ of 4 Paws 1 Heart. They are being adopted out by their rescuers/fosters and we are happy to make this happen. A huge thanks to our Board Member, Dee Gudenau, who got this going before the pandemic and is now starting it back up. And a big “Thank YOU” to Pet Supplies Plus for allowing us to have a donation box at the store and this kitty room. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer in maintaining the room or assisting with the adoption events, please contact Dee at: – diana.
It’s exciting time at Pet Supplies Plus – St. Clair Shores, MI – Harper Ave! After over a year of the kitten room being empty due to the Covid Pandamic …. I cleaned and organized the room….And it was ready to …. JUST ADD KITTENS! So that is what we did. Meet the first kittens of 2021- Thank you Amiee for you fosters! They are all available for adoption. They are 12 weeks old, all vetted just need Rabie shots that will happen in the near future… now here they are!!! I will add names and contact information once confirmed….hey give me a break- it’s been a whirlwind day making this happen in the last minute! we are sooooo happy to be back!!!!!!! *update* names have been added! contact Aimee M Martin Lincoln for more info on these babies! (or me @ and I’ll pass the message on) 4 Paws 1 Heart
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Congratulations to our Co-Founder – Gina DeLuca Jenio

5/23/21 – Yesterday, our co-founder Gina DeLuca Jenio married her best friend. The amazing Board of 4paws1heart was finally together again for beautiful Gina’s wedding which happened last night after two reschedules. Missing are Board members,Denise, who had to leave early to feed the Chance team, and Cynthia, who was not feeling well. It was a beautiful wedding for two beautiful people. Gina, a licensed veterinary technician, has saved so many lives, she absolutely deserves the very best in life. We congratulate our dear friend and animal advocate on her very special day. – diana
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Lewis – Just a Puppy and Recently Adopted But Escaped

4/5/21 – After a beautiful Easter Sunday, I thought I would start your week with an uplifting story. This is Lewis. A young puppy recently adopted by a very kind family.
Last week, our good friend and animal whisperer, Debra Berolatti, was returning from helping an elderly woman who had reached out to us for assistance in trapping and medical. She was driving by the Selfridge Air National Guard base and a nearby junkyard where she has seen and helped cats congregating there. As she was driving she saw what she thought was a large black cat, near a ditch, trying to get under the barb-wired fence. She put her flashers on and stopped and found the animal was actually a puppy. Traffic was stopped, Debra got a leash out of her car, and cautiously approached the beautiful puppy wearing a bandana, a collar, and tags. The puppy smelled of sewage but he rolled over on his back and Debra picked him up and put him in her car. She brought him to one of our partner veterinary hospitals, Patterson Veterinary Hospital. The staff found a microchip which enabled Lewis to be reunited with his tearful owner. The owner said she had been frantically looking for Lewis who had obviously snuck out during a delivery at a shop she worked at. The mom tried insisting that Debra take a reward for finding their new baby but Debra insisted a donation be made to 4 Paws 1 Heart so that others who have no loving owners could be saved. And that is what the mom did. She sent a beautiful letter and a very generous donation. – diana
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face” – Bernard Williamslewis 4:5:21 lewis thank you 4:5:21
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Pecan – Continues to Fight For Her Life

Pecan Update!!!!
This little girl is doing well ♡
Great news is that she might have some vision in her right eye!!!
Time will tell.. The ruptured eye will need to be removed eventually. These animals amaze me..♡ Thank God “4 paws 1 heart” was able to give her a chance by covering her medical care after she was found in very critical condition by a good Samaritan. ♡
Since Christmas Eve Pecan has gained almost 1 pound, her discharge has almost cleared up, her fleas are gone, and her will to live is STRONG. ♡
I’m happy to be a part of her new journey. ♡
I am looking for a home for this special needs kitty. If you are interested in more information please email me. Please share with hopes to help me find her placement.
Ginapecan 12:31:20-- pecan 12:31:20
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FIV/FeLV Tests – Important Information

11/24/20 – Important information about FIV/FeLV tests. Please read and share if you have pets or are involved in rescue or animal advocacy. – diana
“Hello Team, Mom here.
Sooo, in rescue…and veterinary medicine it seems like theres always something new to learn, and I’m grateful for that. I was not going to post about Scouts test until he retested but I think its important for people to know. When snap testing there are 3 types of tests( I only knew about 2 until today). One is done with plasma, only takes a few minutes, and it is the most likely to give a false positive. The 2nd is with serum, it’s when the blood 1st has to clot and then is spun down( I did not know about this one). It is much more accurate but takes over 30min. And the 3rd and this one is the gold standard is the IFA test which is sent out and takes 7-10 days to come back. In the interest of saving time, and understandable most vets use the 1st. And a negative test as a rule means negative. But a positive test could very well also be negative. You should always ask that the positive test be re-run with serum. Some vets do not do the serum tests at all, and some no longer consider the 1st method reliable and only use Serum and if the Serum comes back positive an IFA test is the next step. So if your vet uses the 1st method, always ask for the serum test. Having said all that, Scouts test came back positive for FeLV ran with the 1st method. After gathering all this new information and speaking with Dr. Z (she no longer uses method one at all) and “Auntie Di” the decision is to obviously have the test rerun at Dr. Zs as soon as we can get him in. I dont know for sure that it will change the outcome, but we will keep you posted. I’m so grateful for 4 Paws 1 Heart who always have these kids backs and goes with the opinions of the experts. ❤ Stay tuned Team! – Denise”scout 11:25:20
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4 Paws 1 Heart – Video

9/1/20 – We want to thank all of you who have generously donated to save the lives of those who have no one else. In honor of all of you — the donor, the rescuer, the foster, our many veterinary partners, and all of you who have just shared our stories — Gina and her talented friend created this short video to remember some of those innocent souls whose lives have been forever changed because of 4 Paws 1 Heart. You can read about their journeys on our website,
Wishing God’s blessings for all of you. – diana…/19tH8fWOxgD4vGUMNYXC69xpvg…/view…

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10th Anniversary Celebration

8/18/20 – Happy 10th Anniversary to 4 Paws 1 Heart!!! In honor of our mission which is to “Reduce the Number of Unwanted Companion Animals By Funding Medical Treatment for Abandoned, Stray, and Abused Animals” the 4p1h Board is sponsoring a $1,500 donation match. All donations made between today and August 25, 2020, up to a maximum of $1,500, will be matched. Because of our many supporters which include residents, businesses, and veterinary staffs, we have been able to pay $930,000 in medical bills for over 7,000 companion animals. This does not include the thousands of animals who will no longer be born on the streets because every animal touched by 4p1h is spayed/neutered.

This is the only ‘companion’ animal who was not a dog or cat and was helped by 4p1h. I recently checked in with the great veterinarian who took in this cutie after the surgery, and she tells me that “Pygmy” continues to be doing great on her farm and, by the way, actually isn’t a pygmy goat. Oh well, Pygmy was an animal in need in a horrendous pet shop which was eventually raided and the owner did end up doing some time after many of us showed up in Court to protest his existence as an animal abuser. Again, thank you to our Village. What we’ve been able to accomplish together is no less than life changing. – diana
P.O. Box 84, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

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Tails From Beyond the Paw Print – Stories of Love, Lose, and Lessons Learned

7/22/20 – I’ve been waiting for the right time to this book with all of our supporters. With so many animals in trouble these days and so many crossing the Rainbow Bridge, I realized that now might be the right time.

A few years ago I was asked to speak to a support group grieving from the loss of their pets. Dr. Mickey Golden Moore created the group and in May, 2020 she published her dream,
“Tails From Beyond the Paw Print”. The book has “22 stories of love, loss, and lessons learned from our adored animal companions”; one of which is my story about my beloved Knucklehead and Conner. Please check it out, I know you will find it inspiring, insightful, and, I hope, comforting. My story begins on Page 18. – diana

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