ANTI DECLAW VET TECHS
Many vet techs and receptionists in the USA and Canada are speaking out against declawing at the risk of losing their jobs.
Poster by Ruth (AKA Kattaddorra)
I have heard of some who actually have been fired and say it was well worth it because of the number of cats claws they had saved before they were found out to be educating clients and stopping some of them from going ahead with such cruel surgery.
I say GOOD ON THEM !
Only once in the many years I worked with vets was I asked by a client if she could book her cat in for declawing. I hadn’t worked at the practice long and my blood ran cold at the thought of such a cruel operation, I’d never even heard of it.
I decided there and then that if the vet agreed to do it I’d walk right out of my job, taking the unfortunate cat with me and damn the consequences.
However I needn’t have worried because the vet who owned the practice soon gave the client a sharp lecture about doing something so unthinkable. He also told her she wouldn’t find a vet in the entire UK willing to declaw her cat.
So when I first read about USA and Canadian receptionists taking bookings and vet techs assisting at declawings even though most were against it, I was shocked. I could never have done that.
But on second thoughts, after having contact with many of them, I realise they are to be admired for caring for those cats, because who else would? Certainly not the vets who perform the surgery and walk away from the aftermath. Maybe those brave techs have been trying to educate clients all along ?
I’m afraid I couldn’t ever have worked for any declaw vet, maybe I’m a coward, maybe if I’d been born in the USA or Canada I might have been brave enough to do some under cover education but I don’t think so as I could never watch a cat being mutilated in that or any other way.
I am full of admiration for those who are speaking out, losing their jobs but letting those declaw vets know they can’t keep on getting away with this money making surgery.
Too many people know the truth about it now.
I count my blessings every day that I live in the UK and have never ever seen a declawed cat in real life, my heart breaks at the very thought.