Case #1- Helping Thunder!

We’ve taken on two very serious cases this past week-end and both little ones need your prayers and support. Although individual donations have been very slow, we continue to be thankful for all of our wonderful supporters who attend our fundraisers. Here is one of the babies brought into Cats Veterinary, Clinton Twp. and thanks to our partnership and medical funds provided by 4P1H, Thunder will have any treatment necessary, including a visit to a specialist if needed. Stay tuned. ~ diana

“Here is “Thunder” (named for the gloomy day and thunderstorm we are having). He has been surrendered to us by a good Samaritan. His right eye is incredibly inflamed. It is difficult to tell what the eye globe itself looks like underneath all the conjunctiva swelling. We will try medical management here- but he could possibly need an eye enucleation surgery. He also came in infested with fleas. He has been tested negative for FeLV and FIV. We will keep you up to date on the eye and what the doctors feel will be needed- for now we are trying antibiotics both orally and ophthalmic. Very sweet little boy, but nervous and probably feeling uncomfortable ( we are also giving him pain medications!)” Jessica, Cats Veterinary

Maggie, a Lab Mix

7/22/13 This is Maggie. She is a lab mix; 13 weeks old and eleven pounds. A super sweet female. The family that had her didn’t want her because they “thought” she was sick, (although they changed their story several times) I offered to have them sign her over to 4 Paws 1 Heart to get her out of their possession, so that we could save her from the life no puppy deserves. Maggie is happy and healthy. Thank you to our good friends at A Hopeful Heart Rescue for taking her in to find a loving, forever home. ~ gina

Meet Domino

This is Domino. His owner surrendered him when he became ill. He is now healthy and can’t wait to find someone to love.  Thankfully, a 4 Paws 1 Heart friend who fosters for a rescue has taken him in to find his forever, loving home. ~ diana

Congrats to Missy

5/7/13 – A report from our good friends at NBS regarding our little Missi ~ diana


CONGRATULATIONS TO MISSY who found her fur-ever home with the fantastic Giannosa Family!!

Missy came to NBS Animal Rescue from our very good friends at 4 Paws 1 Heart. Missy was hit by a car and her owners could not afford to treat her extensive injuries so 4 Paws 1 Heart offered to treat Missy’s injuries and give her a second chance at a healthy happy life. Missy had to have her eyeball removed the day after the accident, her bottom jaw wired together, and had some trauma to her hind end as a result of the car accident. The amazingly awesome Gina took care of this sweet baby day and night as she recovered from her surgeries.

Once Missy was well enough to leave the ER vet hospital, she came into one of our experienced medical foster homes and spent several weeks recovering from her medical concerns and learning how to function with limited vision. It was while Missy was recovering from her injuries from the accident that Tina Giannosa contacted NBS Animal Rescue about making Missy a part of their family. Missy’s foster parents were so very excited to introduce her to the Giannosa family as in the weeks since her initial surgery Missy had started to blossom into a playful, happy, energetic, loving little girl.

The Giannosa Family was so incredibly welcoming to Missy and to our volunteers! Both of Missy’s human siblings took extra special care to move slowly around her at first and to avoid petting her surgical site on the right side of her face. They had toys already for her to chase, a soft bed for her to sleep on, and were smitten by the little ball of white fur who romped around their house and crawled in their laps for ear scratches and belly rubs!

Missy wasted no time making herself at home! She found the water bowl, checked out all of the rooms in the house, went on a walk in the yard behind her house, whipped around squeaky toys, chased tennis balls, and really turned on the charm for her new family. Our volunteers said it was such a heartwarming experience to see Missy so happy and comfortable with such gentle, caring, and compassionate people.

Despite the best of care, Missy required a second surgery on her eye to correct an issue with her tear duct. The Giannosa Family dilligently kept in contact with Missy’s foster mom and dad to make sure she was healing properly and doing well counting the days until she could come and live at their house. It was all smiles and tail waggs when Missy was reunited with the Giannosa Family after she had healed!!

We’re happy to share the following e-mail we recently received from Tina as Missy’s trial adoption comes to a close:

“As for having Missy in our home, she is pure joy! When I saw her story i couldn’t pass her up. She deserved a good life and I believe we where the family to give it to her. She is perfect in our eyes. She loves to cuddle on the couch and likes to sit on anyones lap. She runs laps when we get home from being out and makes us laugh when she “kills” her stuffed animal.

My son was the choosen one that she sleeps with and rightfully so as he has also overcome a rough beginning being that he was born 1lb 10oz. We didnt give up on him and wanted the same for her. Thank you so much for doing what you do, i would love to volunteer for any of your events. You are special people.

The Giannosa Family”

We can’t begin to thank our friends at 4 Paws 1 Heart for saving her life, our friends at Bingo Pet Salon for being so gentle and having so much patience with her for grooming, and especially the Giannosa Family for opening their hearts and home to Missy.

Welcome to the NBS Family Giannosa Family! Happy Tails Missy – we look forward to many happy updates, pictures, and stories! — with Diana Rascano and Gina DeLuca.”

Vixen, a 12 Week Old Yorkie Puppy

1/20/13  This is Vixen.  A 12-week old, yorkie puppy that needed surgery to save her life. Without major surgery to remove the intestines that were being strangulated inside of this puppy, she would have died in a matter of hours.  Tiny, and weighing in at only 1.05 pounds, this puppy survived the surgery two nights ago and she is recovering great! Thanks goes to Dr. Venet and LVT Dawn who literally saved this puppy’s life.  4 Paws 1 Heart, is paying for all medical care and hear is a photo of Vixen giving me kisses the day following surgery.  How something like this could have happened, we will never know because it was a rare case.  Part of her intestine had to be removed and for such a tiny puppy this was a miracle that wouldn’t have happened without our awesome staff!  I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people! ~ Gina

1/20/13 – Vixen’s belly is stapled closed and an IV catheter is in place to keep her stable while she heals from major abdominal surgery.  She is on IV antibiotics, pain medication, and receives several blood draws to make sure she is healing properly.  Her intestines were strangulated cutting off blood supply, not allowing function, and causing severe pain, shock, infection, and necrotic tissue.

Prayers are welcome for this sweet baby who was surrendered. ~ Gina

Treasure Found Her Place of Love

Just to save everyone time, here was our original posting about Treasure. She was moved around a couple of times but eventually found her place of love with Christine Hyde Tidwell. Here is her story and her original photo from one the owners brought her in to be euthanized. ~ diana


SHE has been abused, forced to breed numerous times and was saddled with infections. Treasure is hospitalized for badly infected bite wounds. She has a drain tube from her spine to underneath her chest. I don’t think Treasure ever experienced a bath or unconditional love in her life based on the odor and filth she was presented with. I think she was mainly used for popping out puppies! We got her owner to surrender her to us as opposed to euthanizing. ~ Gina

Polar Bear Puppy

December, 2011:  Polar, a 5-week old puppy, was brought into the clinic by his new mom who felt uncomfortable keeping him because of her other dogs.  4 Paws 1 Heart took over his care, provided limited medical treatment, and found a rescue group who would find him his furever home.  Good Luck, Little Polar! ~ diana

 December, 2012 It’s Zeke! Remember our cute little polar bear puppy boy we got from 4Paws 1Heart last Christmas? Here he is now happy and handsome as ever! – Loveabull Paws Animal Rescue

Owner Surrender Finds Her Way to Rescue

I’m proud to say that our very own Board member, Melissa, will be picking up this sweetheart on Monday to foster until she finds her forever home. 4P1H paid for vaccines and spaying and A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue will be taking her under their rescue wings. Working together to make a difference.

This was Lisa Taylor’s, Warren Animal Control Officer, post on Friday: ~ diana

“Today I picked up an owner surrendered sweet, gorgeous little girl. She has bad skin from fleas, is being treated and tested right now (capstan and frontline). She’s a total cutie and under a year old. She will need to go somewhere today, at least temporarily! Please message or call me if you can help.”

Eight Week Old Sammi, Dying

September, 2011 – Sammi, approximately 8 weeks old, was brought into the clinic dying. Her owner brought her in to be euthanized but the staff felt she could be saved. The owner surrendered her to 4 Paws 1 Heart. She was in and out of the hospital for several days with a high fever and infection requiring I.V.’s with antibiotics and fluids. After being treated for Parvo and fostered by Gina for about 5 weeks, it was discovered that she had an unusual fracture in her cervical vertebrae. It might have been an injury that she had come in with but because of the Parvo, She wasn’t presenting pain from the fracture. A neck brace was put on her and she was on restricted activity for another 3 weeks.

Sammi after discovery of the fracture

October 24, 2011 – Sammi is doing much better but will need the brace for another 3 weeks. She will be going to the Metro Area Animal Adoption Agency who will put her up for adoption when she is ready.

Sammi at Christmas; now with her mom, Dori
Christmas, 2011 – Sammi is now in the loving home of Dori.