Cease and Desist Letter For Trying To Stop Cats From Being Harmed

Cease and Desist Letter For Trying To Stop Cats From Being Harmed

Yesterday I received an email from a lawyer that said, “Please be advised that I am Counsel for K&D Management, LLC representatives of which have referred to my attention your e-mail of Thursday, March 16, 2017 demanding that my client changed its rental policy regarding pets.”

Wrong. I never “demanded” anything! I simply and nicely asked if they would change their pet policy that requires cats to be declawed, so that it didn’t require this cat mutilation in it. (The full email that I sent K&D Properties is below)

Here is the rest of the story….

Yesterday, April 25, 2017, I got that Cease and Desist order in an email from the lawyer of a property management company in Ohio, K & D Properties.
One of my supporters had sent me a note in March 2017, telling me that an apartment complex in Ohio, http://www.668euclidave.com/index.aspx required a $300 deposit, a $20 a month cat rental fee, and also required that all the cats that lived in their apartments have to have their toes and claws amputated! (Declawed)
So I did what I usually do, and respectfully reached out to the company that owns this apartment complex in one email. (Full email listed below)

In my email, I told them about how declawing is inhumane and harmful to cat. I told them how successful I was in educating other big property management companies about declawing and when they learned about the horrific truth, these big companies took out the declaw requirement from their pet policies. I tried to inspire them to just take the humane route in dealing with their worries about cats damaging their properties.
I simply tried to inspire this big company to do the right thing and stop requiring this mutilating procedure.

I never received an email back so then I also tried to call the apartment complex management and also the corporate offices. I spoke with the people at the apartment complex twice who said they would give my info to the manager who would get back with me. They never did.

I spoke with people who answered the phones at their corporate office, who weren’t 100% sure who was in charge of their pet policy, but said to leave a voicemail on their phone and they would get back with me. They never got back with me to have a dialogue about this important issue or to even tell me they received my messages.

The last woman who I left a voicemail with who I was told was their person in charge of their pet policy must have taken the cowardly way out and just contacted their lawyer to handle this, who sent me the email saying, ” Please cease and desist calling my client.  It is my understanding that you call every day. “

Wrong and a total lie! I wasn’t calling everyday. In fact, since March 20th, I tried to call once a week and then a couple times this week.

Their lawyer said in the email that I was, “harassing my client and such harassment is against the law.” He went on to tell me that if I persist in my, “telephone harassment”, then his client will “file complaints with local law enforcement, and the appropriate law enforcement agencies” where I live.

The phone messages that I left simply asked to call me back, said who I was, and that I wanted to talk about their declawing policy with the appropriate person who sets their pet policy. I never once left harassing phone messages or demanded anything.

Their lawyer also went on to say that they will, “also will file complaints with the FCC and seek to have you retrained from sending further e-mails.

Wow. Okie dokie.

I sent a nice note back to their lawyer yesterday (April 25, 2017), since he said I could discuss the matter with him.

Here is what I wrote their lawyer, ”

Hi Michael,

Interesting that your people at K& D have lied to you about me calling them everyday.  I have tried to call them once a week since March 16 after I received notes from supporters about this company’s policy about declawing.

I know you are paid to write scary letters to people like me but here is the truth.

I never “demanded” that they change their policy. I simply respectfully reached out to them and asked if they would call me back to discuss their declawing policy. I also sent them the email below on March 16.

I also was told by the person who answered the phone at corporate and also at the 668 property to leave a message and they would get back with me. No one every gave me the courtesy of a call back.
I simply wanted to open up a dialogue and see if they know about the harmful effects of declawing and why this inhumane procedure is banned in most of the rest of the world. (there are 4 bills in NY, RI, WV, and NJ to ban it so hopefully soon it will be banned in those states)

You see Michael, often the people who set the pet policy with declawing don’t realize that declawing is inhumane, mutilating, and very harmful to a cat. They often don’t realize that a declawed cat often pees out of the litter box because their paws are in pain and that is harder to clean than a scratched rug.

Usually the rational, humane folks at big companies that I reach out to, are actually shocked at the truth about declawing and are happy to not require this cruelty, mutilation, and abuse to the cats.

Would you be interested in trying to educate the execs at K&D about the facts about declawing?

Also, you might be wise to ask them who is saying that I’m calling everyday since my phone records indicate something completely different. I’ve left messages so please feel free to review them.

I was a photojournalist at the Los Angeles Times for 25 years and won three team Pulitzers so I do my work on this cause with the same integrity and honesty that I did as a journalist.
I think lying about things is quite egregious especially when it comes to animal cruelty.

I look forward in hearing back from you.

 I also reached out to these big companies and their execs are caring, decent human beings who realized they were requiring such a terribly mutilating procedure on cats and happily changed their policy.

Lori Shepler”

He wrote me back today (April 26, 2017) and said that they appreciate my concerns and “certainly understand your position regarding our current policy.” He said his client, ( K & D Properties ) does not wish to have a dialogue with me on this matter. He also said, “To reiterate, my client has no plans to change its current policy.”

This is very sad that some property management companies like K&D Properties in Ohio, don’t want to acknowledge that they are requiring a very mutilating, inhumane, and unnecessary procedure on cats.

I wish that I could write a CEASE and DESIST letter to these kind of property management companies to STOP requiring this cat cruelty and harm to the cats that live in their apartments but I can’t.

I wish that I could write a CEASE and DESIST letter to all the declawing veterinarians to STOP mutilating and harming cats by declawing them. But I can’t.

We MUST keep educating the public about the horrific truth about declawing so that they find humane apartments to rent, who don’t require their cats to have their toe bones and claws amputated.

I won’t be reaching out to this company again, I tried to inspire them to be decent human beings who care about the welfare of cats but it didn’t work.

I ask you to please just rent an apartment from humane properties that don’t require cats to be declawed!

I sure hope that soon there will be a law in Ohio like there is in California and Rhode Island that says property management companies can’t require cat declawing for their renters.

Here is the letter that I emailed this company on March 16, 2017, that their lawyer said I was, “demanding that my client changed its rental policy regarding pets.”

To Whom it May Concern,
I’m the mom of City the Kitty, one of the most famous cats in the world, and I have received word from some of his followers about your requirement in your pet policy to have cats declawed. City’s number one cause is to end declawing in North America and educate people as to how cruel, horrific, and inhumane it is.

I am not sure if you are aware that declawing, which is amputating the first toe bone along with the claw in a cat’s paw, causes a lifetime of pain and suffering and takes away a part of their body that is so important to them being a cat.  It is banned in over 28 countries because it is so barbaric and cruel and veterinarians all over the world look at vets here in shame because they are violating their oath they took to help protect and heal animals. Declawing is the most painful and barbaric surgery in veterinary medicine. Performing surgery to fix a behavioral issue went out with lobotomies.

The American Veterinary Medicine Association condemned declawing in exotic cats in 2013 because of what they say is the pain and suffering factor. They haven’t done the same for domestic cats because of the revenue that declawing generates for their veterinarians but the pain and suffering from declawing is the same for all cats, domestic or exotic. (some exotic cats are as small as 6 lbs by the way)

Will you please change your policy so that it doesn’t have this requirement in it? Why not just raise the security deposit if you are afraid of a cat doing damage to your apartments instead of requiring this animal cruelty.

Most of these cats coming into your apartments already know how to use scratchers and have their nails trimmed so it is just very unnecessary and quite inhumane to require it in the first place. It is actually illegal in California and Rhode Island for property management companies and landlords to require declawing in cats for renters. Soon more states will join in.

Also, I’m not sure if you are aware but cats that are declawed often stop using their litter boxes and urinate on carpets because it is too painful on their paws to use it. That terrible smell is harder to get out of an apartment than replacing a rug. They also have biting problems because they have lost their first line of defense. A cat bite is 100 times more dangerous than a scratch. Also the cats usually have bone fragments left in their toe bones from the declaw which causes a lot of pain and suffering too.

Please see that this is an amazing opportunity here to become truly “pet friendly” and a compassionate company and announce that you won’t require declawing.  I will announce it to City’s 400,000 followers on his social media sites.

Last year many property management companies in the Midwest like, Flaherty and Collins with over 20,000 rental units and Steadfast Management Company with over 26,000 units, and IRET with thousands of apartments, announced that they are becoming truly pet friendly rental property companies and are taking the declaw requirement out of their pet policies. Will you please join them and do the same?

We would announce it to all of our followers and you will probably get more animal loving people renting your properties which means more business for you. Win win. Also you will be heroes to the world.

Thank you,

Lori and City the Kitty




Resources for facts about declawing are found if you just google declawing or you can go to pawproject.org/faq


You can also go to City the Kitty’s facebook page and look in the “Stop Declawing” album to see why the world is working so hard to end this cruel thing.’


I Was Bullied For Not Declawing A 7 Year old Cat

I Was Bullied For Not Declawing A 7 Year old Cat

Dear City,

So my story goes like this… In 2015, I declined to perform a declaw on a 7 year old cat.

The husband and wife wanted me to declaw their cat who they were afraid would jump into their newborn babies crib and scratch it.  She was still pregnant and they didn’t want to have to worry about it once the child was born.

The cat had a history of inappropriate urination and I tried to explain that this would only make it worse.  I tried to reason with them and give them alternatives, but they were insistent and aggressive on the phone.  I gave them options of other veterinarians to have a consult with and they didn’t want to go there.

I was told I was a liar (the cat never inappropriately urinated), it was in the cats medical records from a different clinic, I couldn’t have forged that and why would I?

I was told I wasn’t sensitive to their concerns, but I was being an advocate for the cat.  I was then bullied online and through my work by them.  They both posted negative yelp, twitter, facebook reviews.  They of course didn’t state the reason why we disagreed on their case, they only stated that I was unprofessional and insensitive and made up records. To this day, I decline performing declaws and I am proud of myself for not giving into those people.

They both yelled and called me and my receptionist names. They belittled us and demanded we declaw their cat as it was their choice.  I hope the cat is doing well, this still haunts me to this day.  They also contacted my boss to try to get me fired over this.


As a veterinarian I am against declawing cats because I advocate for my patients.  I believe amputating a cat’s toes is not in the cat’s best interest and is only in the owner’s interest (their furniture).  In fact declawing will cause pain in the cat both in the short term and in the long term resulting in arthritis and stress.  Declawing will cause behavioral concerns that often end up with the cat in a shelter situation.

In the shelters the declawed cats are scared and often won’t be adopted out and will be euthanized due to the behavioral issues that can’t be resolved.

I want my cat patients to live long, happy and healthy lives with all their toes.  I love cats, so I don’t declaw!

Wesley is my rescue cat.  He’s almost 2 years old. I also foster cats and found homes for 15 this last winter.


My vet, friends, and family started recommending that I look into getting them declawed

My vet, friends, and family started recommending that I look into getting them declawed

Dear City,
I became a passionately devoted animal lover and activist entirely by accident 20 years ago. Back then I was a 22 year old college student who had never spent any time around animals because I was extremely allergic and being around them (especially cats) would trigger the most severe asthma attacks which in many cases required being admitted to the hospital for breathing treatments.  This all changed one day when my younger sister who had been staying with me for a while called me at work to tell me that “there was a cat in my house” and that this tiny ball of fur had just walked right in and refused to leave.
 I had to take a crash course in all things related to the caring of an indoor cat all while making nightly trips to the ER because I needed special treatments in order to breathe.  I was told by a concerned and responsible ER doctor (more than once) that I needed to either give up the cat or risk needing to be on a ventilator in order to take a breath.  With the usual stubbornness that comes from being young and fearless as well as a chance encounter with a true healer who made it so that I didn’t have to choose between my Belle or my breath, I have had the pleasure of being a proud cat lady ever since.
One year later, I ended up getting a part time job working at a local municipal (kill) shelter in CO.  By then I had two other cats (Toby and Simon) and along with Belle, the three of them did a number on my furniture, drapes, and carpet.  
I was still a little new at the whole cat person thing so naturally my vet, friends, and family started recommending that I look into getting them declawed. Before I made any appointments to discuss the procedure further, I started noticing a disturbing pattern when it came to the cats who were brought in as owner surrenders. I realized that most of the cats (definitly over 50%) who were surrendered for “behavioral” issues such as aggression, biting, and not consistently using their litter box had been declawed.
 Thankfully there was a very enlightened vet tech who worked there and she was more than happy to share her honest (and sometimes gory) opinion about why declawing was the worst thing for cats. She also confirmed that the trend I had noticed wasn’t an anomaly but that it was sadly more common than not. That at the end of the day, cats would always be in pain from the barbaric amputation of their bones and in her experience it always “changed who they were” and profoundly affected their personalities.
Sadly although my first experience with declawed cats was a long time ago, I have remained actively involved with animal welfare groups, shelters, and initiatives to this day. One thing that remains constant in my 20+ year experience is that declawed cats overwhelmingly are categorized as behaviorally challenged which makes getting them adopted and even removed from the “kill shelters” by no kill rescue agencies nearly impossible.
In fact the last shelter that I volunteered with rarely saved declawed cats from the local municipal shelter because of their tendency to not be adopted due to many of the behaviors I mentioned earlier.  They were a no kill animal rescue agency and as hard as it was to overlook these cats, they had to realistically consider that having a declawed cat in the shelter for an extended amount of time because it couldn’t get adopted was taking up precious space for numerous others to be saved.
In an effort to do their part to help prevent declawing, both local animal rescue shelters near me in SC make cat adopters sign a “no declaw” contract that says if the shelter ever finds out that they had one of their adopted cats declawed that they will be fined up to $1000 dollars.  They also work very closely with many local vets who are more than ready to decline and report a declaw request to them which makes me very happy!
It’s a small but important step in the right direction!
Even though my Belle, Toby, and Simon have all crossed over the rainbow bridge, they made me the responsible cat owner and advocate I am today and for that I will always be grateful.
I am happy to tell anyone and everyone I can about the dangers of declawing and am so happy that I never made any of my cats go through that cruel procedure.
They also taught me that contrary to popular belief, cats CAN be trained to used appropriate scratching posts and that declawing is 100% unnecessary.
Lastly, and most importantly, they taught me that saving a couch, drapes, and carpet can never replace saving a life…..the life of a cat, whose chances of making it out of a shelter alive drastically decreases if it doesn’t have claws on its paws. 
It is time to make a change

It is time to make a change

My mom received this special email from Dr Robert Lofsky who is a Canadian veterinarian. He also sent the note to Dr Jennifer Conrad with the PawProject.org.

I hope that Dr Lofsky’s story can inspire many of his colleagues to make a change, do the right thing, and follow in his noble path. I hope we have a world soon, where all doctors of veterinary medicine just perform healing surgeries and not harm cats by declawing them.


Dear Dr. Conrad and Lori Shepler;

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) recently came out with their position statement against declawing cats.  In response to this position statement I have decided to stop performing this procedure.

I have been declawing cats since I graduated in 1999.  Since starting Wilmot Veterinary Clinic in 2009 I have done about 250 declawing surgeries.   I have always disliked doing this surgery and felt it was a surgery of convenience to prevent cats from damaging household furniture.  One reason I continued to do this surgery was I felt if I didn’t do the surgery the client would go somewhere else to get it done and we would lose the client forever. As a new clinic owner that started off with zero clients this was an important consideration.  Also I had very good outcomes with this surgery.  I provided very good pain control and most cats were eating and attention seeking several hours after the surgery.  So essentially I would declaw cats at the very least knowing that it would be done well and with the appropriate pain control.  I have not seen the problems associated with declawing cats that many anti declawing groups talk about like, litter box avoidance, biting and chronic lameness. That being said declawing is really like deknuckling our fingers. This procedure is fundamentally wrong.


I realize I could have stopped doing this procedure a long time ago and I now confess I regret not stopping this procedure sooner. My crisis of conscience may seem hypercritical or out of convenience but at some point we all must realize it is time to make a change. My decision to stop doing this surgery now is that other veterinarians will hopefully follow the new position statement from CVMA and stop declawing cats.  As fewer and fewer veterinarians perform this procedure there is less of a concern that clients will go somewhere else and less concern that the surgery is not being done properly with the appropriate pain control.


The demand for this procedure comes from the public, and veterinarians should not be the only ones at fault . Cat owners need to stop asking us to do this procedure and we need say no and provide alternatives.

Please add me to your list of veterinarians who won’t declaw.


Dr. Lofsky

Wilmot veterinary clinic

1465 Trussler Rd Kitchener, ON
N2R 1S7

Clairabelle, the declawed kitty who is suffering from her amputations

Clairabelle, the declawed kitty who is suffering from her amputations

I received this note from a very concerned and compassionate cat owner and I’m going to do everything I can to get help for her declawed cat,Clairabelle. This kitty was declawed by a “trusted” veterinarian. It was not a “health decision.”  It was a decision to protect a piece of furniture. We must stop these untrustworthy and unethical vets who do so much harm to cats from declawing them.
Every cat deserves to keep its much needed claws and live a life healthy and free of pain and suffering.

Dear City,
My name is Marybeth and I have always been against declawing kitties.
In 2015 I adopted a 5 year old calico that was front paw declawed. She was declawed with her spay surgery.
I was told that she is a pure breed straight ear Scottish fold.
I picked her up in a freak snowstorm at 4 am because her former owner was leaving on vacation and would be dropping her at the vet for euthanasia if I couldn’t get her that morning. They said she was having cat pan issues. I was certain I could help her and I fell in love with the pictures they sent me of her. I’m happy to say that we never had any pan issues.
She is getting older and I noticed that her right leg was sensitive sometimes after she would jump down off the furniture. Lately, she is limping most of the time. I can feel a pointed piece of what I think is bone in her sore toe.
She is a love bug but when she is hurting she will gently bite my hand while I’m checking her feet. I love her dearly and I know she was destined to be my baby for the remainder of her days.
I am in Mesa Arizona and need to find a good vet to help her.
I am very low income and will need to make payments on the treatment she needs.
Would you be able to suggest someone in my area. I don’t want to have her butchered again, as my Clairabelle deserves better.
Thank you so much for everything you do. I cringe when I see all these beautiful kitties being butchered. You make sure people are aware of the dangers of declawing and alternatives. I use PurdyPaws nail covers on my other 2 cat’s nails.

Marybeth and Clairabelle


Tonight I caught her pulling on her bad foot so I looked at it. Normally the third toe has a sharp knot just under the skin, but now the first toe has a blackish thin hard piece of what looks like nail that is about an 1/4″ long sticking through the skin. It is oozing blood where she is pulling at it. The second toe has what looks like a blackish blood blister that had a hard sharp bone/nail piece that has not come through yet.

She sent me this photo

Please sign my petitions in honor of Clairabelle.

Petition by the Paw Project for the anti-declawing bill in NY- http://bit.ly/NYantideclawBill

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