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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to reduce the number of homeless animals by funding medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused animals and assisting rescuers find forever homes for those we help.

Results: 4 Paws 1 Heart was started in August of 2010. Since that time over 3,000 animals have been assisted with medical treatment. 99.9% of all donations go directly to the animals in need and payments are made directly to the generous veterinarians who will work with us. The animals we help come to to our attention through good samaritans who may find an abandoned, stray, or injured animal, rescue groups, and veterinarians/animal emergency hospitals. In 2014, $84,000 was spent on medical bills. As of November 7, 2015, over $110,000 has been paid to veterinarians and the need continues to grow.

Target demographics: fund medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since our beginning in August, 2010, over 3,000 animals have been assisted

Geographic areas served: Southeast Michigan but predominantly Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties

Programs: Direct payments to veterinarians for services provided to rescue organizations and individual good samaritans who have rescued animals and have found them a forever home.

Community Stories

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the story of meeting my new best friend, at a time when I needed it the most. My last pet, a beloved Maine coon cat named Maddie, was nearing the end of her life. I was so distraught and, frankly, in deep denial that the end was near. I remember visiting her while she was at Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital, overwhelmed with a broken heart as she was so frail and short in breath. I drove her to several animal hospitals, desperate for help, to no avail. This precious little kitten that I had adopted on Cinco de Mayo (which I forever will call Cinco de Maddie-o) passed away in June 2015. I was crushed and never thought I could bond with a pet that deeply again. My dear friend, Gina DeLuca, was supportive and caring to me during Maddie's illness and passing. Only a couple of weeks later, she mentioned to me a beautiful young cat that 4 Paws was saving. This little angel had nowhere to go and was yet to be adopted into a loving home. But anyone who knows Gina knows that she will never give up on a pet, and will make sure that animals like this receive special homes.

This gorgeous cat, Zelda, had been hit by a car and was taken into the vet to be assisted by Gina. I have no idea how Zelda could survive outside in the harsh conditions, especially given the busy roads nearby, cold weather, and the fact that she was pregnant as a stray (the kittens did not survive the car accident).

Yet, because of Gina and 4 Paws 1 Heart, Zelda's medical expenses were covered. Zelda was spoon fed and provided with love and constant care. Gina made sure she had somewhere to stay while she searched for her forever home. Many people do not realize the hours of effort and diligence this takes, but I could tell simply by listening to Gina share the story with me. When others give up, 4 Paws never does and goes the extra mile to find innocent animals the homes they deserve.

I will never forget the day, July 3, 2015, when Gina asked me if Zelda could stay with me. I took one look at Zelda's picture and, in my heart, I knew it was meant to be. Like Maddie, Zelda had a rough beginning in life and only because of wonderful animal lovers did she have a great life. I thought of the time Zelda and Maddie were both at the vet at the same time. I'll always believe that Zelda said hi to Maddie and Maddie told her "that's my cat mom...you should live with her--she's so nice!" It comforted me knowing that Maddie would want me to rescue another sweet girl, like herself. I called Gina and said "I'll take her!" and she said I could pick up Zelda that night.

In a whirlwind, from sobbing nonstop at the loss of Maddie, to bringing Zelda home that evening, I have been continuously grateful to 4 Paws. I, too, grew up being bounced home to home, dependent on the kindness and generosity of others. Knowing that animals face the same struggle is heartbreaking. But because of 4 Paws 1 Heart, the best organization I have ever known, Zelda is not a statistic! She lives the dream life. She spends her days looking out windows, laying on blankets and beds, eating snacks, and playing with toys. She loves toy mice, and I bought her 100 to spread all around the house. She's a fan of Christmas trees and playing with water, just like Maddie. I know Maddie is looking down and is very happy that her favorite perch and stuffed animals are being enjoyed by another sweet girl.

I will never be able to thank 4 Paws and my dear friend Gina for giving me this treasure. Zelda is my new best friend and she will live a healthy life with all necessities, love, and medical care, because of the commitment of 4 Paws and the special people who donate to this tremendous organization. Thank you for Zelda!

2 Emily P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Late November of 2016 I encountered the strongest case of divine intervention I’ve ever experienced. My sister called me and told me that she is possibly going to adopt a third puppy (having already two 9month old Labs) Honestly I thought she was crazy, it wasn’t until hearing the puppy’s history did I understand why. This is the story of my sweet, yet absolutely insane, boy Bentley (aka Ali)
Bentley was brought to 4 Paws 1 Heart at the age of 2 days old, yes only 48 hrs old. He had a severe injury to his leg and it was questionable wether or not the newborn could even survive. The couple told the rescue he had somehow gotten away from his mom and pups and climbed into a recliner track. It wasn’t until someone sat in the recliner and heard his cry that they knew he had wandered. They rushed him to this specific rescue and handed his care over to the organization hoping they could help
He underwent 5+ surgeries to save his leg even flatlining during one yet Gina never gave up on him. Every single day for 7months she gave him 24hr care everything from the bottle feeding, changing bandages, making sure he had a passie so he developed self sooth, taking him to UM for more surgeries on his toes knowing he was in pain by the way he was starting to walk, by the time he was old enough hired professional dog trainer for proper obedience, she took him to work with her every day and home every night. I know I’m leaving so much out but they’ve done just so much for him it would take me a solid 24hrs to list it all. Bentley (Ali to the rescue) made it to 7 months old and the decision was made he was ready for his forever home. I know it wasn’t an easy one but Gina knew it was time and she was going to be very picky as to whom he gets his furever home.
Back to my sister possibly adopting this rescue. My family and I show up at her house for a party, the second I walk in the door she spits out “go upstairs and meet your new dog, he won’t work out here but he’s perfect for you and Skyy (14 yr old weimerreiner)
I rolled my eyes but was excited to see him. The very second I walked into the room this boy knocked me down pinned me on the ground and kissed me to the point I could barely breathe. That was the moment I knew he had to be mine. SOLD!
I contacted Gina and passed her interview, come to find out the house I had just bought was a street away
from her so a bonus she could see him anytime she liked.
Bentley is now 1 and a half and is brought so much laughter and love to my life I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. Thank you again to Gina, Diane and everyone involved in keeping my little miracle boy alive. I’m so beyond thankful that not only did you
Choose me as his furever momma but he did as well

2 Patricia B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an independent foster for stray, abandoned and abused cats and kittens, I rely on 4 Paws 1 Heart for all of their medical needs. I have never met such dedicated people as Diana Rascano and the board members of this organization who selfishly give up their time to help the sick, the homeless and abandoned animals in our community. I have nothing but a true respect for the selfless work that they do. If it were not for their help, my precious foster baby Jordan, was doomed to suffer and die alone a painful death from starvation and severe infection. Jordan was given the chance to live thanks to 4 Paws 1 Heart and although he is totally deaf from the infection, he is a healthy, loving boy and a total joy.
This is my Jordan today.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing group of people. They really care about the animals they are helping.

2 Cortney K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart is an amazing organization and I have quite a few stories to tell. However, I will just tell you all about one. Her name is Chance an estimated 5 year old black cat who I found in August of 2017, she was extremely emaciated, had superficial injuries, was dehydrated and was overall not in good shape. I immediately contacted Diana with 4 Paws 1 Heart. They had the funding available, they jumped at the opportunity to help me, help Chance and authorized an order for blood work due to her extreme dehydration. Thankfully we did that, Chance had fatty liver disease and was extremely anemic, these conditions require extensive around the clock care of SubQ injections for hydration, Vitamin B shots for anemia and a special diet to reverse the damage done to her liver. 4 Paws 1 Heart vetted all of her follow ups, her special diet and all of her medications including an appetite increaser. Chance went back for her follow up, her anemia had subsided, however we are still fighting with her liver enzymes in hope that there is no permanent damage to her liver. No matter what, at the end of the day, I would not have been able to help Chance survive, she would have died, starving, thirsty and alone in the street had I not found her, but she would not be as healthy as she is today without 4 Paws 1 Heart, Diana is truly a blessing when my strays need her the most.

Sincerely,

Cortney Kleiner

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly the best around!! Their love and compassion for animals is remarkable. What a gift to have them doing what they are doing, even when the task may seem impossible. We love you 4 paws 1 heart!!!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4 paws 1 heart is a wonderful organization who has helped with so many animals in need that would be suffering or have died. Diana the president works so hard to raise money and keeps everything so organized. This is Finley she only weighed 2 pounds when we found her after she was left behind by her owners. 4 paws 1 heart paid for her vetting to get her well. She now weighs 7.6 pounds and has found her forever home, where she is so loved. Here are before and after pictures. I am so thankful and blessed to be involved with Diana and 4 paws 1 heart.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen them heal dogs and then find them good homes

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an emergency veterinarian for years and we worked closely with 4 Paws 1 Heart. They stepped up countless times to save animals in need. They were there to help strays brought in by Police and Good Samaritans, owner surrendered pets and sick animals brought in by rescues. They have even paid for kitten formula to help rescues who were unable to afford it for litters of orphaned kittens. Their caring and generosity has helped so many animals. They paid for the medical care of a dog who had been hit by a car. She was brought in by a good samaritan who saw her laying at the side of the road, she was very near death. Thanks to 4 Paws 1 Heart not only did the dog recover, she became the love of my life.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was recently laid off . I found two abandoned kittens that I so badly wanted to keep. My cat of many years had passed away a couple of months ago. I email Diana of 4 Paws 1 Heart and she arranged everything so that they could be neutered and receive vaccines. with her help we are a happy family with my two gray fur-babies Luna and Sunny.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazingly caring advocates for our furry friends. Thank you!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart goes above and beyond to give stray and abandoned animals a new chance at life when many others wouldn't. After providing medical care for these animals through an extensively developed network of local veterinary hospitals, fostering these angels with their volunteers, they work with many other rescue groups to get them placed in their forever homes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart really has their heart in the right place. They work to provide veterinary care for stray and abandoned animals in need through a network of caring veterinary professionals and wonderful volunteers. They generally do not conduct adoptions themselves, but work with other great rescue groups in the metro Detroit area to find these animals loving homes. They often answer the call of their rescue counterparts to assist with financing medical care also. They are a completely volunteer organization and use 99% of their donations to help the animals - the 1% covers a phone bill for the group.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruby was only a few weeks old when she was brought into the emergency clinic with two broken front legs.

Her owners claimed she fell down a flight of stairs and they were unable to pay for her care. The breaks were pretty severe and the veterinary questioned whether she would ever walk again. Euthanasia was considered. But then 4 Paws 1Heart stepped in and convinced the owners to sign Ruby over to them.

4P1H gave Ruby a second chance at life by paying for her care and surgery.

From there she faced a long road of recovery. Both of her tiny legs were bound in a homemade cast made from bandages and popsicle sticks.

When her legs finally healed and she was ready to be adopted our family gave her a home. Today she is very loved and dear to us.

Thank you Gina and 4 Paws 1 Heart for giving her the chance to live a happy and normal life.  This a truly a great organization that does amazing work.

Our family cannot say enough good things about 4Paws 1Heart. Thank you for saving Ruby and all these abandoned and abused animals just like her.

The Hoopes family

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a donor, board member and foster mom for nearly 3 years for 4 Paws 1 Heart. Ninety-nine percent of the funds raised go directly to support veterinarian bills for homeless, neglected and abused animals. We help and save animals that would have been euthanized while simultaneously contributing to the local economy. It has been an honor and a privilege to support the work of 4 Paws 1 Heart.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart is a great organization. It has helped so many animals and contributed positively towards the animal welfare movement. There is great need and 4 Paws 1 Heart is helping to fill it. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a donor, board member and foster mom for nearly 3 years for 4 Paws 1 Heart. Ninety-nine percent of the funds raised go directly to support veterinarian bills for homeless, neglected and abused animals. We help and save animals that would have been euthanized while simultaneously contributing to the local economy. It has been an honor and a privilege to support the work of 4 Paws 1 Heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful people who run this organization. The work they do is hands down amazing. They helped me out with a rescue I found, covering the cost of his check up and spay. Thank you 4 paws 1 heart!!!! You guys are the best.

1 Amanda R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome people with big hearts... I have fostered cats for them ... plus they have helped with 2 cats ,I found that needed help .

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My girl was an owner surrender, dying of parvo and several broken vertebrea in her neck. She was nursed back to health by these wonderful people, and we were able to adopt her. She is a happy, healthy dog and we are so thankful. They have a great team of loving animal lovers, that go above and beyond.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart is a very hard working medical rescue. My dog was an owner surrender to this group, dying of parvovirus and several broken vertebrae in her neck. She was lovingly nursed to health and was released to a local rescue, where my application was accepted to be her Mom. I am eternally grateful for the care my pet received and she is now healthy and happy. I am proud to attend their fundraisers to help other animals in need. They work tirelessly for the animals in their care. I can't say enough good things.

1 Lorri W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws 1 Heart helped our family more times than I can count and more ways than it even seemed they could. 4 Paws 1 Heart saves lives. love love love!

1 tabitha8

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a supporter of 4P1H. I believe in their mission, which in part is to help with the medical expenses of animals in dire need. They will go to the MAX to see that the animals in their care receive the necessary treatment for them to make a full recovery. I have cried with joy, when they make it and I have cried in sorrow when their bodies could no longer go on. They have touched and moved me with their selfless acts more than these words can express. While my participation is primarily monetary, I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful group of animal lovers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this group! They are a hands on, life changing, life affirming, life saving group of selfless people who will do whatever it takes to save the life of an animal in their care. They also contribute extensively to other groups that need monetary help with vet fees, etc. I couldn't be more proud to be able to support a group that have over the years given selflessly of themselves!

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diana.4paws1heart 11/10/2015

Thank You, so very much.