VCA Animal Hospitals Declaw Cats For The ‘Furniture’? And For Their Bank Accounts

Declawing is done by veterinarians for profit only. Why do you think it is banned in other civilized countries? The furniture will eventually be replaced, while the cat will suffer from each amputated p3 toe bone till death. Cats are digitigrade, they walk on their toes. When they are declawed, they walk on STUMPS, their p2 bones. Yet, declawing is STILL legal. Many declawed cats are dumped or re-homed because they start urinating and biting and have other health issues.

WHAT’S GOOD FOR VETERINARIAN’S IS BAD FOR CATS

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/02/what-s-good-for-veterinarians-is-bad-for-cats.html

 

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Declawed Cat Needed Re-Surgery By The Paw Project Team

This is Snow White and she is declawed on all four feet. She was relinquished to the Hancock County Humane Society in Indiana for reasons unknown but was taken to be examined by Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran (Paw Project Indiana State Director) at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis. She was found to have quite a bit of pain in her feet along with bone fragments in her back feet. Luckily she as found a new home with a family committed to her success and comfort.
The fragments were removed this week and she is recovering well. Wish her luck!

 

Simon Relieved Of Constant Pain In His Paws-Paw Project Veterinarian

This is Simon from Indiana. Volunteers from the Animal Outreach of Shelby County took him to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis after he was relinquished for the second time in his short 2 years of life for urinating outside the litter box.

He was found to have large bone fragments left behind and had surgery to remove them today. Wish him luck in his recovery and that he finds a new forever home!

 

Houston Humane Society Declaws Their Kittens

Houston Humane Society Declaws Cats

Their mission statement says, “HHS is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals.”

Why would they be declawing cats that people adopt AND declawing cats at their Houston Humane Society Clinic.

They don’t counsel people about what declawing is, they don’t tell cat owners that it is amputation surgery, or about the HUMANE alternatives.

They are deceiving cat owners to think that it is humane and ok for a cat.

Here is the link to their declaw service under the SPAY/NEUTER SECTION and they say it must be done with spay/neutering. Houston Humane Declaw $120

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A few weeks ago many supporters sent me a heads up about a guy who was asking his friends on his facebook page this, “Anyone know of a cheap place to declaw cats? If these animals ruin my furniture, I will be asking about the price of euthanasing them. So this is a preventative measure for their sake.”

(I know, can you imagine trying to find a doctor who does cheap surgeries for your kids. Scary idea to say the least) So I read all the comments that this person was getting from the comment he made and this was one of them. I was shocked that a Humane Society did this.

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(Just fyi people on facebook don’t seem to realize that every time they do a post, anyone in the world can see it unless your privacy settings are completely private. Just try it. Go to facebook and at search bar at the top, type in declaw or declawed. Click on “Latest.” About every 5 min you will see a post from someone, usually in America, who is saying they are going to declaw their cat or someone who is getting rid of their declawed kitty. It’s both disheartening and sickening to see how often this is going on in America and most people don’t even post about it. Multiply this by 100)

So I respectfully reached out to the guy who wanted to get this cheap declaw and sure enough, it was about the Houston Humane Society.

This is what his wife wrote me back in an email to me,

“First of all, we have never been told that declawing was “amputation surgery” as you call it. Our vet, along with several others that we have called to get information, informed us that this surgery was a simple out patient procedure and that our kitties would be just fine. And yes, the Humane Society of Houston does allow declawing of the front claws for $120. And, as _ _ _ _ mentioned, that makes it seem humane. However, thanks to you, and all the random people who have been bombarding us all day, we have learned that our vets (and the 8 others we called), and the Humane Society are wrong. For that I thank you. Sincerely. We would have never known otherwise.”

I reached out to this Houston Humane Society privately on June 4 in phone calls AND emails to their public relations person, Monica Schmidt, and also the executive director Sherry Ferguson. I never received a reply. Mschmidt@houstonhumane.org , sferguson@houstonhumane.org

I did speak with a manager there and asked him about these facts.

Houston Humane Society declaw cats and doesn’t inform cat owners that it is inhumane or bad for the cats, you don’t counsel them on the humane alternatives, and you don’t tell them that it is amputation surgery. People are saying that if it is bad then why would the Houston Humane society do it and he said, “Basically the way we do it, it is cost effective. We have a low cost clinic here so we just can’t afford to have the more advanced methods doing it.”

Then I told him that I was confused about his answer. He said, “you are talking the laser correct?”

I said no, and explained in detail that the Houston Humane Society is perpetuating the myth that declawing is ok. Why would a humane society declaw cats.

He said, “We are an independent humane society and not affiliated with any other humane society. Basically, we don’t like to declaw cats and we don’t declaw every cat that is adopted at our facility it’s more if someone requests it and it’s an extra $120 if they request it. The way we see it, it’s better for a cat to be declawed and have a home than be here.”

I asked why they don’t inform the people about how bad declawing is and inform them.

He said, “It’s a fairly common practice so I don’t know why we wouldn’t do it. Basically if the person requests it then that’s what we will do for them if it is within the age range.”

He said, “I don’t work in the clinic so it’s not something I’m an expert at. They are very well informed about declawing and our head doctor has been with us for over 40 years. He’s a very good doctor. My opinion is that if he thinks it’s ok, then I think it’s ok.”

I asked if I could speak with him and he said, “His name is Dr Harkness and he doesn’t really talk to anybody.”

I told him that I would like to reach out to his boss and try to ask these questions and inform them that declawing is inhumane. He repeated, ” Again, I don’t agree with that and if it gets cats out of here I think that’s better than being here.”

He gave me the email to the PR woman but as I stated, she never returned any of my emails or calls.

Here is their facebook page Houston Humane Society Facebook Page

I also had my Feline Research Team call the Houston Humane Society and ask them if there is any age limit that they declaw the cats. The findings were varied.

One employee, an assistant manager said, “We don’t like to do it but it is better for the cat to have a home.”

One employee said the age limit is “6 months- 4 yrs.” The employee was asked if there are any risks or negative consequences and the employee said, “no.” When they were asked if they use laser and they said, “no, they just clip it off.”

Another employee who is an assistant manager was asked about the age limit and he said, “6 months- 4yrs.” He was asked if the cat would be ok after being declawed and he said, “Yea they do it all the time, and they will be ok. Obviously there is a risk of surgery and I personally don’t recommend declawing cats but it’s pretty frequent thing they do here and most likely they will be ok.”

2015 salaries for the Houston Humane Society Executive Director Sherry Ferguson — $152,109 plus $15,488 and the veterinarian who is in charge, Dr Timothy Harkness — $119,499 plus $8,593.

Since the rate that they charged for declawing used to be $60 a couple years ago and now it’s $120, I wonder how much of their salaries are from the declawing of cats. HHSprice2014

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They even declaw kittens. VERY INFORMATIVE??? Why wouldn’t they just talk about the humane alternatives for this poor kitten?

From Kingwoodunderground.com HHS review

Here is the Humane Society of the US information about declawing (HSUS is NOT connected to these independent humane societies in America) HSUS declawing info

Here is educational declawing information from the Winona Humane Society in Minnesota that maybe this HHS can use Educational Declawing Info.

Hopefully they will change their policy and not declaw cats at their clinic and when cats are adopted. If you can please politely educate and respectfully inspire them to join the rest of the Humane Society’s in the world that make people sign a form that says they won’t declaw any adopted cat and offer brochures and declawing information for people who come in to their adoption area.

Here is an example from the Oregon Humane Society and declawing info and other info they give to people who adopt their cats. Your New Cat- Oregon Humane Society OHS

Please don’t threaten or be rude to anyone involved with this Houston Humane Society. We must do the right thing and take the high road and be respectful. It is wrong to threaten them in any way plus they will twist things around and play the victim. We know that the only victims are all the kitties that are being unnecessarily and cruelly declawed. We MUST continue to shine light on this cause and share all of these stories so that we show the truth about what is going on. We MUST continue to educate cat owners who are being deceived by their pro-declaw vets and who are NOT being told about how declawing is amputations and not good for the health and well being of their cats, how it is inhumane and very painful, and how there are humane alternatives that they can use instead of declawing.

The way that we make positive change is through peaceful and respectful actions and words. When you lash out and are threatening, it hurts our important cause and makes us all look bad, and in turn saves less kitties from this very cruel and inhumane procedure.

Also, sounds like they don’t want to hear from any of us or let the world know about this injustice since they just keep deleting every single comment on their social media pages that people post that are respectful and educational. Then they also block the people who write these inspiring comments.

It’s sad that these kind of people just don’t want to do the right thing when it comes to declawing cats at their humane society.

If you post a respectful and educational comment on their instagram or fb page then please get a screenshot of it and send it to me. Here are some of the many examples of what people are writing and then they are deleting.

 

 

BY CITYTHEKITTY

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AAHA Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice Declaws Three Month Old Kittens

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Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice And Highest of Excellence Veterinary Hospital Declawing 3 Month Old Kittens

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Only in America can “doctors” of veterinary medicine achieve the highest standards of excellence in their veterinary hospitals, AAHA, and Cat Friendly Gold Standard Practice and amputate the toes and claws on kittens who are 3 months old AND on all four paws. Here is one of the many very unethical examples where these “doctors” are deceiving their clients and the public to believe that cats and kittens can be “happy and healthy” after they have had this mutilating procedure done to them.

Here is their YouTube video that will make you sick. They promote declawing 3 month old kittens on all four paws and say it is a necessity for some of their clients. Heartland Animal Hospital PC, Bartlett, Illinois

American Animal Hospital Association is opposed to declawing but they have no accountability with their declawing policy AAHA and their double standards

American Association of Feline Practitioners is also against declawing American Association Feline Practitioners declawing policy

Yet they don’t have accountability for their declawing policies. They don’t want to lose their memberships from these very unethical veterinarians and put this concern over the welfare of these little kitties .

Did you know that 76% of declaws in America are done on kittens who are under 8 months old. Last resort? These poor kittens never had the chance to use scratchers and the humane alternatives. The pro-declaw vets who declaw kittens (and cats) make a great extra income by doing this unethical and inhumane procedure on kittens. Just like the President of the NYSVMS does with kittens. NYSVMS President declaw kittens 3-4 months old

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Please don’t threaten or be rude to anyone involved. We must do the right thing and take the high road and be respectful. It is wrong to threaten them in any way plus they will twist things around and play the victim. We know that the only victims are all the kitties that are being unnecessarily and cruelly declawed. We MUST continue to shine light on this cause and share all of these stories so that we show the truth about what is going on. We MUST continue to educate cat owners who are being deceived by their pro-declaw vets and who are NOT being told about how declawing is amputations and not good for the health and well being of their cats, how it is inhumane and very painful, and how there are humane alternatives that they can use instead of declawing.

The way that we make positive change is through peaceful and respectful actions and words. When you lash out and are threatening, it hurts our important cause and makes us all look bad, and in turn saves less kitties from this very cruel and inhumane procedure.

BY CITYTHEKITTY

Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice And Highest of Excellence Veterinary Hospital Declawing 3 Month Old Kittens

AAHA’S Declaw Communications Tool Kit-How To Pacify Those Pro-Claw Advocates

My Bright Idea- CITY THE KITTY’s Zero Tolerance Declaw Toolkit

Banner copyI’ve come up with a bright idea and need your help and ideas to make it successful! I will be so proud of you if you join me for this campaign!

Please post lots and lots of photos of your kitties with inspiring comments about ending declawing and use the hashtag #AahaDay

BE INSPIRING, RESPECTFUL, CLEVER, AND MOTIVATING WITH YOUR WORDS!

HERE IS WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT. American Animal Hospital Association has their big day coming up on July 22 so let’s join their celebration by reminding them that they are enabling their pro-declaw veterinarians with their new Declaw Communications Toolkit.

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As most of you know AAHA is STRONGLY OPPOSED to declawing. Here is their declawing policy. AAHA declawing policy

The problem though is that AAHA does not make their hospitals follow their policy of declawing as you can see in their press release last year to their members and to the world.AAHAREVISED

Let’s help AAHA raise their standards and make their hospitals truly excellent and help them put accountability in their declaw position. They have so many other mandatory requirements and standards that they DO enforce so let’s inspire them to do the same for declawing. They even say that their hospitals can’t do non-anesthesia dentals so they surely can say that their hospitals can’t declaw cats if they truly care about the welfare of cats.

So let’s join together and call ALL your cats to join in and have this meeting in a box to come up with important ideas and posts and share them with AAHA. Box-4

Hopefully my CITY THE KITTY- ZERO TOLERANCE DECLAW TOOLKIT will be used by AAHA and their veterinarians instead of the one they made, so that they will truly have excellent care for ALL animals.

I think their DECLAWING COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT had some typos in it so let’s help them with this.

Also I’m not sure if ALL their members received their toolkit since many of their veterinary practices are still declawing lots and lots of cats and kittens and deceiving cat owners about this inhumane procedure. A couple of you told me about an AAHA practice in Missouri that lets kids watch the amputation surgeries. My FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) team was told by an employee at this AAHA practice that they declaw 4-5 kitties a week and sometimes 5 a day for $80 for the front paw amputations. And that the $35 pain package meds are optional for the front declaws. (You are required to buy the pain package if you get the $120 4 paw declaw)

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AAHA Declawing Tips

HERE IS MY CITY THE KITTY ZERO TOLERANCE DECLAW TOOLKIT THAT I HOPE AAHA USES.

Number one – Ensure the entire staff knows the hospital’s no-declaw policy and can refer callers to it if necessary. Hospital should have a written policy or position statement on why they don’t declaw.

Number two- Ensure the entire staff is adequately trained to talk about cat behavior and behavior modification techniques that help REDIRECT cat scratching behaviors to scratching posts. Staff should also have cat behavior information on the hospital website or handouts available to refer cat owners to when necessary. Since AAHA has 16 other brochures about all other subjects but none about declawing or scratching behaviors, please print out these brochures from the Paw Project Declawing Brochures

Number three-Hospital should always discuss behavioral modification alternatives and have experts trained to trim nails, apply Soft Paws, and teach clients about commonsense humane alternatives like scratchers and deterrents to declawing.

Number four– Since the hospital doesn’t do declaw procedures, the entire hospital staff should be educated about what declawing entails and should be prepared to educate clients about how it is harmful to cats and all about why cats need their toe bones and claws for so many important aspects of their health and well being.

Number five– Hospitals should have brochures available about declawing and should offer scratchers and Soft Paws in advertisements.

Number six– Hospitals should thank “people opposed to declawing” for inspiring AAHA to do the right thing and make all their hospitals torture, fear, and pain free from this elective, non-therapeutic, mutilating procedure called declawing.

Number seven– Hospital staff should be cautious to not talk disrespectfully about anti-declaw proponents and always be grateful to them for creating this positive change in the veterinary profession in North America. Despite the loss of income in your hospitals from stopping this barbaric and unnecessary amputation surgery, there are ways to replace this surgery like selling scratchers and other humane alternatives to scratching issues. We encourage AAHA veterinarians to come up with innovative and inspiring campaigns in your areas to address cat scratching behavior. This will make us as veterinarians and as an organization that is all about excellence in the standards of veterinary care, look like we are finally putting the welfare of ALL animals first and are true advocates for ALL animals. All AAHA hospitals will now only have doctors who are honoring the oath they took to just heal and help animals and not declawing cats.

Number eight– Anti declaw proponents should always be referred to “people who oppose declawing”, “people who are on the right side of cat history”, and “people who saved cats from lots of unnecessary pain and suffering in the hands of doctors who knew better.”

Number nine– Anti-declaw proponents should always be treated with the same respect that clients are and thanked for helping pro-declaw veterinarians to stop selling their souls to this inhumane procedure.

I will add the other points tomorrow.

So please post photos of your kitties with Soft Paws on, using scratchers, and trimming their nails on facebook, instagram, and twitter and use the hashtag #AahaDay

You can also add a clever hashtag along with that with a positive message like #BestVetsDontHarm #BestVetsJustHeal #VeterinariansDoNoHarm #AahaHospitalsDontDeclaw #DeclawingIsHarming #DoNoHarm #DeclawingHarms #MakeYourPolicyMandatory

Post photos of your kitties paws up and say things like Paws Up If You Have Claws and Are Proud. #AahaDay

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Please keep this campaign positive and never threaten or disrespect them. Please just post photos of your kitties and try to inspire AAHA to do the right thing. They are good at their politically correct words and efforts but they need to finally put accountability in their hospitals in regards to declawing. Enough is enough.

Veterinarians who declaw cats and kittens and amputate their toes and claws should ONLY be referred to as “doctors who support declawing.”

Please do not use words like “butchers”, “mutilators”, or “torturers.”

Here is the advice they give on how to respond to the comments about declawing on their social media pages.

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It’s really too bad that the leaders at AAHA didn’t just do the right thing and write up simple mandatory standards that all their hospitals must follow that would go along with their declawing policy. They are strongly opposed to declawing and they know it’s wrong.

But they took the cowardly way out to help their vets who declaw stay under the radar with this inhumane procedure. They simply do not care how their veterinarians address declawing because if they did, they would take the appropriate actions instead of this pitiful Declaw Communications Toolkit.

I asked a few of my veterinarian friends who have AAHA practices and who don’t declaw cats, what they would do to make AAHA hospitals live up to their highest standards of veterinary care in regards to declawing. Here are some of their ideas.

Practice has a policy that it does not perform surgical procedures unless they are medically necessary. Practice does not perform surgeries for cosmetic reasons under any circumstances.
2. Practice employs medical policies designed to prevent pain and optimize quality of life for all patients.

3. Practice does not recommend or perform any medical procedure or treatment recommendation that may cause undue suffering without significant medical benefit.

BY CITYTHEKITTY

My Bright Idea- CITY THE KITTY’s Zero Tolerance Declaw Toolkit