TREMENDOUS NEWS!!! VCA Canada (a corporate chain of veterinary hospitals) announced today that its vets will stop declawing, effective immediately, in all 93 of its Canadian clinics. Paw Project Founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad and Paw Project-British Columbia Director Dr. Margie Scherk have been lobbying VCA Corporate Medical Director Dr. Todd Tams for years. Several months ago, Dr. Tams invited Dr. Conrad to give a “why-you-should-stop-declawing” presentation to all of the VCA regional directors in the US and Canada (including Dr. Joffe, National Medical Director – VCA Canada). Dr. Scherk has prepared scripts for VCA staff to help them deal with clients who request declawing
Dr. Tams said today to Dr. Conrad, “Still trying, believe me…it’s all a process…we are working on it continually.” We remain optimistic.
Dr. Conrad has been corresponding with Dr. Daniel Joffe, the Medical Director of all of the VCA hospitals in Canada. This is his response to her congratulatory email today:
“Thanks….a big step, but the right thing to do for certain…our doctors and teams in Canada have been hugely supportive. I had a RVT at my clinic in tears today she was so proud of our group.
Danny Joffe DVM, DABVP
National Medical Director
Pictured: Drs. Bruyette, Conrad, Tams
LINK TO FB POST
PAW PROJECT LEGISLATION LINK
The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia has become the second province in Canada to ban its members from declawing cats for non-therapeutic reasons.
While the college acknowledged their may be medical issues that may necessitate partial or full digit amputation, it says elective declawing, also known as onychectomy, is not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behaviour issues like scratching furniture.
“No medical conditions or environmental circumstances of the cat owner justify the declawing of domestic cats,” the CVBC said.
Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, but the college notes it is also outlawed in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.
“There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable, similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping,” said CVBC CEO Luisa Hlus.
The ban is effective immediately.
LINK TO NEWS ARTICLE
NO DECLAWING LEGAL CONTRACT
The Exxon Mobile lawyers said it would stand up in a court of law.
PET ADOPTION CONTRACT (Cat/Kitten)
Paws Animal Rescue, Inc. • P.O. Box 816, Alvin, Texas 77512 • email@example.com
I agree that the animal will be kept only as a domesticated house pet. This means that cats will be kept indoors. ____
I agree that I will provide proper veterinary care and flea preventive for the lifetime of the animal. I represent that I can financially afford veterinary
advice and services and agree to provide such if illness occurs. ____
I agree to not declaw ____, as I recognize this is cruel and inhumane. I further recognize this is the amputation of the digit on their paw and can cripple the animal along with causing behavioral problems for the rest of its life.
I agree to contact Paws Animal Rescue, Inc. (“Paws”) if the animal becomes lost and to make reasonable efforts to find the animal such as posting signs, placing an ad in the local papers and visiting animal control facilities. ____
I agree to permit a designated representative of Paws Animal Rescue, Inc. to make scheduled post-adoption visits to my premises for the purpose of checking on the health and general welfare of the animal. ____
I represent that all family members have agreed to the adoption of the animal and that all family members will abide by the terms of this contract. I further represent that I am twenty-one (21) years of age or older. ____
I represent that I have never been subject to legal action for cruelty to or neglect of animals. I further represent that I have never owned an animal, which has been confiscated by any animal control or humane organization for violations of state or local animal control regulations or animal adoption agreements. ____
I agree if I am a tenant, to have permission from the landlord consenting to the animal adoption and I will provide proof of pet deposit to Paws. ____
I agree if for any reason I am unable to provide care to the animal, to first contact Paws for assistance. I also agree that the animal will never be sold, given away, abandoned, abused, used for medical experimentation or be relinquished to an animal control facility or shelter. ____
I agree that if I breach any term of this contract, either through act or omission, directly or indirectly, or misrepresent any fact contained herein, ownership of the animal will revert back to Paws and this contract will terminate. ____
I agree that if ownership of the animal reverts back to Paws, I will return the animal and pay for transportation and any other costs incurred. ____
Notwithstanding any other remedy set forth in this contract, I agree to pay Paws the sum of $500.00 as liquidated damages in the event the terms of this contract are breached; provided, however, this liquidated damage value does not bar Paws from seeking return of the animal by judicial process or other legal means if necessary. If legal action is instituted, I agree to pay reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs incurred by or on behalf of Paws. ____
I hereby declare that I am aware: ____
(a) animals are different from human beings in their responses to human actions;
(b) the actions of animals are often unpredictable;
(c) an animal’s behavior may change after it leaves the shelter and accustoms itself to a different environment; (d) Paws makes no claims as to the temperament, health, or mental disposition of any animal put up for adoption.
I understand that there will be NO REFUNDS OF THE ADOPTION FEE under any circumstances. I further understand there will be a $35.00 service charge on returned checks. ____
I hereby accept possession of, title to (subject to the conditions of the Pet Adoption Contract), and responsibility for the animal adopted and hereby release and discharge Paws and its agents forever from liability for any injury or damages to any person or property caused by the adopted animal, and from any causes of action, claims, suits, or demands whatsoever that may arise as a result of such injury or damages. This contract is governed by Texas law, without regard to any choice of law rules.
Acknowledged and accepted by: _________________________________________________ Date: ______________________ Address: _____________________________________ City: ____________________ State: _______ Zip:__________ Home Phone: ______________________ Work Phone: _____________________ Cell Phone: _________________________ DL#: _____________________ ❒ Cash ❒ Check# ________ Email Address: ___________________________________ Name of Adopted Pet: ____________________________ Description: ____________________________________________ Adoption Fee: __________________ Adoption Counselor: ______________________________________________________
These beautiful brothers are both suffering due to severe complications from declawing. Basically, the tendons in their feet are retracting and the toe bones are pushing on their paw pads, almost to the point of protruding through the skin. This is an incredibly painful condition and requires surgery in order to correct it, reduce their pain and provide them with a better quality of life long-term. However, the cost is not cheap and to fix both cats’ paws is estimated to run about $1500, but Chandler and Joey are worth every penny! They didn’t ask to be put through this horrific experience, and they deserve to live their lives pain-free and happy so we are determined to make that happen for them.
Please consider donating either through their Go Fund Me link, or through our Give StL Day page. Every single penny will be used to provide care and vetting for our foster animals, including Joey and Chandler!
LINK TO GOFUNDME