“I only declaw when people request it or when I have kittens not yet spoken for.”- Director of the Lake Haven Rescue

“I only declaw when people request it or when I have kittens not yet spoken for.”- Director of the Lake Haven Rescue

These are screenshots of posts by the Director of Lake Haven Rescue on her rescue’s facebook page on November 20, 2017.

As many of you have heard, Lake Haven Rescue, in the town of Newaygo, Michigan, is declawing most of the kittens and younger cats that they rescue from the shelters. They adopt around 600-900 cats a year.

We must have a targeted education campaign and intervention for this area of Michigan so that they are educated about the facts about declawing! I tried to reach out and have a respectful dialogue with the Director of Lake Haven Rescue, Cheryl McCloud, but she isn’t budging. She won’t entertain the idea of educating cat owners about declawing and she won’t entertain the idea of working together to make campaigns to educate the public in her area. She won’t stop declawing the kittens before she puts them up for adoption. I even asked her to open her heart and mind and realize she is causing so much harm, pain, and suffering by declawing most of her cats.


She said, “I have superior skilled surgeons. I will declaw a kitten to find it a home and can tell you I get them her after surgery  and even though they receive pain meds for three days they are bouncing around and playing like maniacs 2 days after surgery.”

She said, ” I would rather see a kitten spayed /declawed  living inside a beautiful home than to be gassed or worse at  a county shelter.  By the way I personally have never had a declawed cat. I just adopted a feral cat 6 years old from GA. I had 4 that lived to be 19-21 none were declawed. I have a choice….spay and declaw or leave them there to die. I suspect you are one who leaves them there to die, and boy do they suffer at some of the county shelters.

She called us “radicals.”

She said, “You are saving nothing from nothing. You do not speak truth. How can you sleep knowing all you do is get on facebook and yap while animals die.”

The she  said this, “Ok you win I will leave them in the shelters to die…I trust you will get them…..right?”

And last thing she said this, ” I do not promote declawing . I myself have never had a declawed cat. I only declaw when people request it or when I have kittens not yet spoken for.  If the slander  continues I will speak to my attorney . You may speak all you want about declawing spreading all kinds of lies if you like but if you continue to slander Lake Haven you are going to end up in court. The slander and mistruths stop now or else. Please use your time to save all the kittens from death in county shelters and shut your yap.


These screenshots will show you why we must urgently educate the public in this area so that they will adopt Lake Haven Animal Rescue’s kitties without wanting them to be declawed.
The owner of Lake Haven Rescue feels that cat owners demand to have their cats declawed so that’s why she automatically does it to most all of their kittens and cats under a year old. For some strange reason, the word has not gotten out to most cat owners in this area that declawing is bad for the health and well being of a kitten or cat.
Many of the volunteers, and even the owner of LHAR, think that declawing is the same as spay/neutering and say that any surgery has risks. In this day and age these comments are shocking to say the least. Education is the key and we must do it respectfully and nicely.

Screenshots from Lake Haven Animal Rescue and from their Lake Haven

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Here are some of the examples in 2016 that the Director and a volunteer posted to the Lake Haven Animal Rescue FB page Lake Haven Animal Rescue FB page

Maybe you can respectfully reach out to some who are in this group and see if they want to join us to help educate the public in their area about declawing.

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I also reached out. in October 2016, to the main vet that Lake Haven Rescue uses to declaw their kittens which is Fremont Animal Hospital in Fremont, Michigan. The vet that does the declaws wrote me back and said, “Here at Fremont Animal Hospital we declaw cats using a laser as an elective surgery. We declaw cats and kittens for Lake Haven Rescue also. You will not change our minds on offering the surgery as a clinic, and unlikely to change Lake Havens position on declaws. Many Americans are lazy and many prefer declawed cats even with the knowledge of the negative repercussions. However, you have brought up many good points of things that I know to be true about the potential side effects of declawing cats. After you email we are going to be more proactive about educating clients of those negative side effects. We can always learn and improve. Thank you for your concerns. Marie Breuker DVM”

In November 2017 Fremont and Dr Breuker are still declawing cats. They even have declawing recommendations on their NEW KITTEN page on their website. Fremont Animal Hospital New Kitten page

Their employee says when a researcher called for the price of a declaw and if their vets are skilled at them, “we do a lot of declaws here” and when asked if there are any negative side effects they sometimes have cats that limp after declaws, they hide, don’t use their litter boxes, and hold their paws up and don’t want to put them down. When asked how many cats come back with those problems and the employee said she didn’t have a percentage and that they can’t predict how any surgery will go and it depends on the cat and its recovery. They said their laser is more humane but they are still amputating the first digit. They said Dr Brueker does, “Quite a few of them” when referring to declaws.

They recommend using Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat litter for their declawed cats for 7-10 days and they sell a bag for $11 that they say should cover all those days. Please sign my petition to Purina PLEASE SIGN MY PURINA PETITION

 


Campaign Objectives:

Educate cat owners that declawing is inhumane, cruel, unnecessary, and always harms a cat both short and long term.Dr Marty Becker Story with studies about declawing facts

Educate cat owners that cats need their toe bones and claws for many aspects of their health and well being.

Educate and inspire cat owners to use commonsense and the humane alternatives like scratchers, Soft Paws, and trimming their cat’s nails.

Encourage cat owners to be on the right side of cat history and do the right thing and stop harming their kitties by having them declawed and provide them success stories.

Encourage and inspire cat owners to put the welfare of their cats OVER the welfare of their furniture.

CAMPAIGN IDEAS

Reach out to legislators in Newaygo and Newaygo County and surrounding towns and counties including Grand Rapids.

Respectfully post links to educational declawing stories on  facebook, instagram, and twitter pages of Newaygo and surrounding counties and towns. Nicely ask if they will join us.

Respectfully reach out to all the veterinary practices near Newaygo and ask them if they will help to educate cat owners about declawing and teach them about the humane alternatives. Post inspirational requests to join us with this Keep the Claws Campaign on their facebook and social media pages.  Here is a handy list of them that Lake Haven Animal Rescue uses. List of veterinary practices that Lake Haven Animal Rescue uses

Respectfully reach out to Newaygo businesses and organizations and ask them for help with this Keep The Claws campaign. Here are some facebook pages for example. Maybe their kids will be able to teach them right from wrong.

Newaygo Public Schools facebook page

Newaygo County Parks and Recreation Facebook page 


 

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.

He drew up the solution and euthanized that sweet declawed kitten in a matter of minutes.

He drew up the solution and euthanized that sweet declawed kitten in a matter of minutes.

Dear City,

 

Many years ago I rescued two little ragamuffin kittens who I fell instantly and totally in love with.

When they had reached an appropriate age, I made appointments with a local veterinarian to have them spayed and front-declawed. It was what I knew to have done to cats, as my parents had these procedures done to all of our kitties growing up. It never occurred to me to not declaw my girls, and my vet at the time never said a word to me about the surgery or what it entailed.

Soon afterwards, when I started school to become a veterinary technician, I learned the awful truth regarding the declaw procedure. I think I apologized to my girls every day for the rest of their long lives for having inflicted that needless pain, fear, and suffering on them without question.

During the 20+ years I worked as a vet tech in local small animal hospitals, I reluctantly assisted in hundreds of declaws. As much as I hated the procedure, it was part of my job description to assist surgeries, and I never did find a way to get out of it. Most were front-paw declaws, but many involved declawing all four paws. The worst were the four-paw declaws paired with a spay, all done during the same surgery.

When scheduling these declaw surgeries, I never once heard a vet actually explain to a client just what is involved with the surgery. One vet calmed a worried client’s fears by telling her that the toes involved “aren’t weight-bearing” so the surgery was really no big affair, that Fluffy would be up and running around in no time.

At no time did I ever hear the declaw surgery described as the amputations that they are- that the bones are severed at those first knuckles, essentially cutting off the first sections of each toe. I never once heard a vet describe the pain or fear involved, both of which are abundant. There was no mention of the fact that after the brutal surgery, the cats- mostly kittens, were kept overnight in cages in complete darkness, with no overnight staff at the facility.

Too many times we would return to the hospital the following morning to find a freshly declawed kitten had gotten one or more of the tightly-bound bandages off those feet and had bled out all over the inside of the cold metal cage, only to have the attending veterinarian wrestle the painful kitten to a table to re-bandage those raw, open toes. Most did not sedate the kittens for re-bandages. I’ll never forget the plaintive cries.

The worst case I saw was a couple who brought their kitten in to be four-paw declawed and spayed, all at the same time. Some vets won’t do all those surgeries at once, but the vet I was working with at the time had no qualms about it. I believe he was not fond of cats in general.

The afternoon following the surgery, the kitten was sent home. She was obviously still in pain and did not want to dig in that gravelly litter box with those freshly amputated toes. When she urinated in a spot outside the litter box, the couple brought her back to have the vet address her unacceptable behavior. The kitten was a terrified mess- I was quite sure the husband had hit/beat the kitten for her transgressions as he didn’t seem to like her much from the start and was very angry about this new behavior.

The veterinarian never addressed the pain that kitten was experiencing as a factor in the inappropriate urination, but absurdly recommended we test her for a urinary tract infection. When the tests came through as negative for infection, which we all knew it would, the couple just wanted us to euthanize her.

The vet never mentioned the real reason for the kitten’s behavior, which was the horrible pain in her toes from that declaw surgery. He drew up the euthanasia solution and euthanized that sweet declawed kitten in a matter of minutes.

I cried for that kitten for weeks afterwards. I felt the pain, fear, and suffering every kitten and cat endured because of those declaw surgeries for the whole of my career.

I strongly encourage everyone considering declawing their cats/kittens to research the surgery itself as well as behavioral changes that may occur as a direct result of the declaw. Too many cats/kittens are being subjected to unnecessary pain and fear and for some, euthanasia. Do the research and explore the many other options available if you find yourselves considering this surgery.

I also highly recommend researching veterinarians when choosing one for your cat/kitten. Not all vets are fond of cats- many outright dislike them, but consider them part of the veterinary package when working in a small animal venue. Try to find a cats-only vet clinic, as you’re more likely to find a vet who genuinely loves your cat and will always do what’s best for her.

From a supporter.

Please sign my petitions to help end this inhumane and cruel procedure. http://www.citythekitty.com/my-petitions/

 

 

 

Texas Coalition for ANIMAL PROTECTION! Stop Declawing Cats!

Texas Coalition for ANIMAL PROTECTION! Stop Declawing Cats!

UPDATE! DECEMBER 21, 2017

ACCORDING TO TEXAS COALITION FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION EMPLOYEES WHO ANSWER THEIR PHONE LINES TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS FOR PROCEDURES, TCAP IS NO LONGER OFFERING DECLAW PROCEDURES. NO EXPLANATION WAS GIVEN.

 

November 11, 2017

I’ve been trying to inspire Texas Coalition of Animal Protection to stop declawing since early 2015 by respectfully reaching out to them in private messages to their offices, to their Executive Director and Founder, Stacey Shumacher, and on their social media pages. But they just ignored me and blocked from on their facebook, Instagram @tcapspayneuter,  and twitter @tcforap pages.

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION TO TCAP TO ASK THEM TO STOP PERFORMING DECLAWING! TCAP PETITION

Maybe you can help me respectfully inspire them to STOP doing this inhumane and harmful procedure to lots of cats each year. Please go to their facebook and twitter page and ask them. TCAP facebook page  TCAP Twitter page

A supporter sent me this photo in 2015 of a sign at the front desk of the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) in Fort Worth. Next to the declaw sign is TCAP’s 2007 award from the Humane Society US, for “the most innovative approach to animal welfare in the nation.”

On November 9, 2017 I posted this screenshot on my social media pages and attached the link that TCAP had in their “Pre-payment Service” section on their website. The next day TCAP took it down. Here is a screenshot of the order form and part of the details. TCAP offers a declaw for $165 and if it’s done with a spay/neuter it is $140. Here is the link to the “Feline Declaw at Time of Sterilization” that TCAP took down. http://store.texasforthem.org/cats/declaw-at-time-of-sterilization.html

TCAP STILL DECLAWS CATS YET THEY REMOVED THE INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DECLAWED CAT AFTER ITS AMPUTATION PROCEDURE. HERE IS THE LINK TO THEIR POST-SURGERY CARE PAGE. TCAP POST OPERATIVE CARE PAGE

Here is a screenshot from that page from November 10,2017 that show they removed the aftercare for declawed cats.

THEY ALSO PURCHASE PURINA’S YESTERDAY’S NEWS CAT LITTER FOR THEIR DECLAWED CATS SO PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION TO PURINA TO HELP US END THIS INHUMANE PROCEDURE. PURINA MAKES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR FROM DECLAWING. PURINA PETITION

Here is a screenshot from before November 9th, 2017.


UPDATE! COLLIN COUNTY TOOK TCAP’S DECLAWING INFO OFF THIS PDF ON NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Did you know February was “Responsible Pet Month” according to the Collin County, Texas Government website. Then they say, “Be a responsible and loving pet owner by doing right by your animals!” and then list the PDF link to TCAP’s services that include declawing.
The government is HELPING Texas Coalition for Animal Protection advertise their low cost declawing services. Yep, pretty unbelievable isn’t it?
Just go to the bottom of this link and click on “Allen” and you will see their pdf for their low cost services, including declawing.
http://www.collincountytx.gov/public_information/features/Pages/pet-owners.aspx

Here is a screenshot of the PDF


Here are some screenshots from comments posted to cat owners asking about declawing at TCAP in 2014 and 2015.


UPDATE. ON NOVEMBER 13, 2017 THE CITY OF SAGINAW ANIMAL SERVICES TOOK TCAP’S DECLAWING PACKAGES INFO OFF THEIR PDF ON THEIR WEBSITE AFTER I REACHED OUT TO THEM. PROGRESS! HERE IS THEIR WEBSITE AND YOU CAN GO TO THEIR SPAY/NEUTER PDF AND THEY REMOVED THE DECLAWING PACKAGES!

The City of Saginaw Animal Services, a shelter and government organization in Saginaw, Texas is also helping Texas Coalition of Animal Protection advertise their low cost declawing services. Just click on this link and go to “Pet Adoption Packet” and scroll to the part in the PDF where you will find this info. http://www.ci.saginaw.tx.us/158/Animal-Services


PETITION TO TCAP TO ASK THEM TO STOP DECLAWING

 

Here are many declawed cats that were throw away by their owners near the TCAP declawing clinics in Texas from 2015. You can go to petfinder.com and search “declawed cats” and currently find 25 in just a short distance from the TCAP Denton declawing clinic.Petfinder link to declawed cats near TCAP’s Denton Declawing clinic Here is one of the sad examples of a declawed cat sitting in a rescue after the cruel owners had it declawed then threw him away. Link to Bernie- https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39870659

 

 

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Fights The Declaw Ban in Denver. Here’s Why.

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Fights The Declaw Ban in Denver. Here’s Why.

November 5, 2017 the Denver City Council unanimously passed the anti-declaw bill and then on November 13, 2017 the City Council unanimously approved the anti-declawing ordinance. Declawing is illegal in the city of Denver!
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association is the only organization that fought to stop this bill so their vets can keep declawing cats.
My team of researchers did a survey of vet practices in the city of Denver after the Denver City Council voted 11-0 to ban declawing. I wanted to see how the vet practices in Denver address declawing and if word had gotten out that declawing was going to be illegal.
My researchers posed as cat owners who were checking on a price to get their cat declawed. This research was conducted from Nov. 7-9, 2017.
We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.
Here is what they found.
VCA Alameda East Vet Hospital. AAHA referral Hospital
 Asked about a price for a declaw and who they recommended and they said, Dr Jeffrey Steen, “he’s really good at them. He uses laser and that helps with faster healing, less pain, but it’s more expensive around $900.” You have to pay a $68 exam for the blood work to make sure their heart is strong enough and they only do the front claws. The researcher asked about the horror stories about declaws and how it’s bad for a cat and the employee said, “not here.”  Asked if they had heard about the ban if that would mean they wouldn’t be able to do the declaw and the employee said, “As long as the appointment is already made, you can get it done. It will be ok.”
Another researcher called to get their cat declawed and spoke with different employees and asked if their “famous” vet, Dr Kevin Fitzgerald could perform the declaw procedure. The employee asked why do they want their cat declawed & the researcher said they have diabetes and was worried about infection. The employee said, “Yes, Dr Kevin Fitzgerald could do it but he would be out of the office till next week.”  The employee said that an initial appointment was needed at $69,  Researcher called back and spoke with another employee about booking a a declaw with Dr Fitzgerald and the employee said their prices have changed, that the initial exam was now $71.50. Employee asked the researcher why they wanted the declaw, and the researcher said that their doctor recommended a two paw declaw because of their diabetes.
The employee said they have two methods of declawing available and the prices are $794.00 & $941.00 for the laser.
 Dr Kevin Fitzgerald who is a vet here at VCA Alameda East and is not for this ban on declawing according to his comments in this story. Denver Anti-declawing bill story
VCA Firehouse Animal Hospital
They said they don’t do declaws and recommend things like soft paws. They said, “We can give you a referral to Alameda East and they have the laser technology for declaws.”
VCA Southeast Area Animal Hospital. AAHA hospital.
 They said they generally don’t do them, only if it’s medically necessary and you can have a free consult and the doctor has to approve. They said they don’t like to do declaws because it’s very painful.
A tech said that they assess the situation and if it’s medically relevant and the doctor feels comfortable doing it, then they will declaw the cat.
Asked when would they do them. She gave a couple examples. They had a client that was a hemophiliac and said the cat’s claws were dangerous when the cat was playing with the owner so they declawed the cat. Another example she gave was, “if the quality of life is not great and the cat is bored all the time and destroying furniture, blinds and destroying the house. The owner tried other ways but they didn’t work and it was either take it to the shelter and be euthanized or declaw.”
They use a scalpel.
Asked about the ban and they said that you would have to meet with their medical director Dr. Gamus and set up an exam and he would have to make the decision.
VCA Aspenwood Animal Hospital. AAHA Hospital.
 Researcher call for a price for a declaw and the employee said that they don’t declaw and said, ” you will have a hard time finding someone who will. Declawing in the Denver area is now taboo.”
Evans East Animal hospital
Asked about getting a 9 month old and 2 yr old cat declawed. Said that a front declaw is $457 and all their vets do them and have their own method, either a scalpel or a clipper. Asked about the ban and the employee said they don’t think it will be banned by the end of the year so you are safe to get it done.
Hermosa Veterinary Clinic
Asked about a price for a declaw and employee asked, “do you want the front or all four paws?” Total cost for a spay/all four paw declaw is $427. Asked how their vet does them and the employee said, “they just pull them out.”
Asked if their vet is skilled at the declaw and they said “we do declaws all the time” and Dr. Kurth uses a clipper” to do the declaws.
Asked about the declaw ban and they said some people have banned it but not in Colorado. Researcher told the employee that declawing was banned by the Denver City Council and could they double check. The employee put the researcher on hold and came back and said, “no it’s not banned in Denver.”
Gentle Touch Animal Hospital. AAHA Hospital
Researcher asked for a price for a neuter/declaw. Employee said it is $54 for an exam and $453.80 for the neuter/declaw. Employee asked why they want the declaw. Researcher said because they have diabetes. Employee asked if the kitty is scratching a lot or is it just a preventative reasons. Researcher said the cat is not scratching a lot and wanted to prevent it in the future.
 Employee said that the best way to do a declaw is a laser but they don’t have a laser, their vet uses a “clipper.”  Employee said their vet owner is Dr Tasky and she doesn’t like to do them and they aren’t her “favorite” to do but said that it sounds like this is a “special situation and it is a good thing to do” to prevent future complications from scratches. Employee said Dr Tasky does around 10 declaws a year.  Researcher asked about a possible ban so could they still get it done. Employee said, “It’s not banned and if it is it won’t be until the 1st of December.” They said the bill hasn’t been, “fully approved.”
Washington Park Vet Clinic.
Employee said that all their vets have done declaws quite often but they don’t do many now. They said that it is quite painful and they will only do them after you’ve tried other things or in cases of medical issues like diabetes or immune disorders. They said that they will only do it if a cat will be sent to a shelter and they don’t want it to not have a home.
Asked about the ban and the practice manager said it went through the first vote only and they haven’t let them know if it’s banned or not.
Goldsmith vet clinic.
Employee said a spay/declaw is $505-600. Researcher asked how the vet does the declaw and
they put the vet, Dr Rae, on the phone. Dr Rae asked, “Are you pretty sure you really want to do a declaw because it’s like taking off the last digit.”  He said he wants to make sure that people are OK with it because sometimes the cat can get an infection or a neuroma where the nerve ending is inflamed and it can cause limping . He said it’s not common but is a possibility.
He said, “My cats are declawed and they are awesome.”  He said he tries to keep the pain down as much as he can with nerve blocks which give the cat eight hours of no feeling. He gives the cat an anti-inflammatory and tries to make it as pain-free as he can. He said he kept his cats in a bathroom for a week to not jump. He uses a scalpel. Said that he’s repaired paws that were done with the guillotine but that vets rarely do it that way.
Said they try to do it as correct as possible. He said his 18-year-old declawed cat is happy and doing great. He was asked why there’s so much talk about it being inhumane or bad for a cat. He said that happens when the declaw is done to a cat that is older, overweight or if it’s a mean cat then it’s a higher risk and you can get a bad outcome. He said given the right cat and you treat the pain then you can have a great outcome. He said if there is a ban then he doesn’t know if he can get you in for the declaw but said it doesn’t mean you can’t go to a different town to get it done.
Vets Animal Hospital.
The employee said spay/declaw is $446 and you just need to get blood work done and you can book the procedures for next week. Asked about the ban and the employee said, “The vet said it’s not banned.”
Vida Vet Care at University Hills.
Employee said that a spay/declaw is $550. Researcher asked which vet is the most skilled at the declaw because they were worried about their cat limping or having its paws hurt and the employee said, “They all do declaws and we’ve never had cats come back from it.”  Then the employee said, “We do not do a true declaw- we do a tendonectomy.”  Researcher asked if that’s OK and safe to do to a cat.  Employee laughed and said yes.
Denver Animal Hospital.
Employee said they can do declaws but they discourage doing them and only do it in certain circumstances because they are very painful.  They said they do them “safely.” Asked about the ban and they said they didn’t hear about that. One employee said they are morally against declawing and they don’t like to do them, they prefer soft paws but you can talk to the doctor and it’s up to their discretion if they do a declaw.
Highlands Animal Clinic
They don’t declaws and haven’t done them for a couple years.
Montclair Animal Clinic 
They said it’s $175 for a front declaw. Researcher asked them who is the best and most skilled vet for the declaw they said Dr Steve. They said, “we don’t do them too often” and they never heard about a ban on declawing in Denver.
Rising Sun Animal Care- AAHA Hospital
They said that the Denver City council just passed something to where they aren’t allowing declawing. They said you can go out of the county of Denver to get it done.
Huron Animal Hospital
A neuter/declaw is $375. They say a declaw is removing the last digit.  They use the laser method for declaws and say it’s better because it cauterizes as it cuts and there’s less bleeding and heals in around 14 days. They said they do a couple a month. When the researcher asked if a declaw is OK for a cat, they said as long as it’s an inside cat. They were asked who is the most skilled vet for declaw they said the owner, Dr Rick Heller, and he’s been doing them for 30 years. When asked if there was going to be a ban on declawing they said if there is their doctors would be notified.
Urban vet Care
They said they do not declaw there and mentioned Soft Paw nail caps which is more humane than declawing. They said the city Council outlawed the procedure and that you would have to go to the next county Castlerock, and get it done.
Belcaro Animal Hospital PC. AAHA hospital
Asked for a spay/declaw price and it is $535. Employee said that they just do the front paws. Employee asked for the most skilled vet they have at the procedure and they said they have 3 doctors who do the declaws, two are the owners and they are skilled at the declaw but said that we don’t do them that often.They said it was an amputation procedure and they use the scalpel method.  Researcher asked if it is going to be ok to book the declaw appointment since they heard it was banned and employee said that it was passed in Denver but they didn’t know when it would take effect. The employee put the researcher on hold to ask someone else and then came back and said,  “The vet said It hasn’t gone into affect and we can still do them.”
Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center PC. AAHA Hospital
Researcher called to check on a price for a declaw. Employee asked why did they want the declaw and researcher told them their doctor recommend it because of their diabetes. Employee said,  “We don’t declaw but someone in you situation should call Alameda East Animal Hospital because they do declaw and they use a laser technique that is safer and it avoids bone chipping.”
Stapleton Veterinary Hospital. AAHA Hospital
Researcher asked for the price of a neuter/declaw and the employee said, “We don’t do declaws.”  Researcher asked if they have a place that does declaws that they can recommend. Employee said, “I believe Alameda East would do them.”
HERE IS A SURVEY OF VETS IN COLORADO ABOUT DECLAWING BY THE COLORADO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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HERE IS A DECLAWING VETERINARIAN IN DENVER THAT IS MAILING OUT THIS LETTER TO THE AAFP BOARD MEMBERS AND NO-DECLAW ETHICAL VETERINARIANS.
Did the Colorado VetMed Association Pay The Denver Post Columnist For The Opinion Piece About The Denver Anti-Declawing Bill?

Did the Colorado VetMed Association Pay The Denver Post Columnist For The Opinion Piece About The Denver Anti-Declawing Bill?

Krista Kafer, a Denver Post columnist, wrote an opinion piece about the anti-declawing bill in Denver. Here it is. Denver Post Opinion Piece About the Anti-declawing bill in Denver

My mom sent an email to Krista Kafer on October 27, 2017, asking her some questions and also sent her lots of facts about declawing.

My mom also asked her if she was paid by the CVMA to write this opinion piece.

Here is Ms Kafer’s reply that she sent on Oct. 27, 2017, “Thank you so much for your email. As a cat owner, I appreciate your passion. To paraphrase philosopher David Hume, what is does not determine what ought to be. Given the same facts, people make different public policy conclusions. I know people who will not adopt/keep a cat that that is not declawed. I teach logic at a local unversity and see no flaws in my if A, then B argument. As a former Humane Society volunteer I’ve seen first hand how many good animals die unwanted. Although I’ve known a number of happy declawed cats, I believe that declawing, like debarking, should only be a last resort. Krista”

It was odd that there was no answer to that very important question, so my mom sent her another email right after Ms Kafer’s reply and once again asked her if she was paid by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.  No reply.

It’s very odd that she has not confirmed nor denied the allegation.


Please respectfully ask the Denver Post Opinion and The Denver Post on their facebook and social media pages and on her Denver Post opinion piece in the comment section, if they have any answers to this mystery.


This bio about Ms Kafer might shed a little more light on this serious question. Krista Kafer bio  

Ms Kafer also has a website that I think you might also be interested in. Krista Kafer’s website about conspiracies

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