Oh boy, dear readers. Just when I think I’ve heard everything there is to hear about declawing in the U.S., I find something new that shocks and sickens me.
Trinity Acres Rescue, located in Dimondale, Michigan (see map below), requires mandatory declawing of ALL rescues before being placed in a new home.
Trinity Acres Rescue has been in existence since 1987. At a first glance of their website they seem to run a decent rescue.
Their rescue is run by a network of foster homes and there is no fixed location. Those wanting to adopt a cat must make an appointment and applicants are carefully screened. Sounds good so far, doesn’t it?
Until you read the paragraph about the cost for a cat and what it includes. Cats run between $45-$140, which includes spay/neuter and DECLAWING! All cats adopted must be declawed before going to their new homes.
I read about Trinity Acres Rescue on the Facebook page of DeclawingCrippled My Paws. I respect that organization as one of the leaders in the anti-declawing crusade. So I decided to check into Trinity Acres. It’s true folks.
What are the people at Trinity thinking?! Will someone from their rescue please explain it to me why a cat MUST be declawed before going to it’s forever home?
I’m way more than ticked off on this logic. Not only is the cat being mutilated before ever leaving their custody, but it’s done on a mandatory basis. In other words, if you don’t want a declawed cat, adopt from some place else. They go so far as to list the date of mutilation on the individual cat profile. Check it out for yourself. I guess it’s a good thing because the vet who treats this cat down the road will have an exact date as to when this cat was put into HELL which will last the rest of its life.
Why is this something they want to BRAG about?! – here’s their webpage where they advertise through Petfinder.com. Click on any of the cats and read the description. Declawed! Declawed! Declawed!!!
Their official rescue page is here. Why don’t we all give them a call and send an email and tell them how we feel about their belief in mutilating all cats regardless? Their phone number is 517-410-0074 and their email is Jannlifsey@peoplepc.com. It sure sounds as though someone needs to educate them. Maybe they think what they’re doing is a GOOD thing for the cats.
I’d really like to see them turn things around with their thinking. I like the way they do things up until the mandatory declawing part. The cats are fostered, which usually means more love and attention is paid to the cat. Any kittens not old enough to be spay/neutered before adoption must be returned to them or taken to the adopter’s private vet for this. All of this is in the contract between Trinity Acres Rescue and the adopter.
Since the spay/neuter of KITTENS at a future date is in the contract, it leads me to believe DECLAWING is done on kittens regardless of age before they leave foster care, as there’s no contract mentioned about declawing of KITTENS at an older age. UGH!!! I hope someone who has dealt with them will correct me if I’m wrong.
Please correct me someone! PLEASE? I don’t want to hear about baby kittens being mutilated. It’s bad enough to know the adults cats are having part of their toes chopped off.
I’m not going to include any pictures of the cats they have up for adoption. I’d hate to get in the middle of a photo copyright issue. The photos are there on the Petfinder page. All those beautiful cats maimed for life by people who think they’re doing a good thing.
For those of you who aren’t against declawing yet, please read a few a few articles by vet nurses who have witnessed the pain and the bloody bandages and the bloody cages. I believe pictures-of-cats.org have a few vet nurses who would be willing to help sway you to our anti-declawing movement.
I’m going end this article before my blood pressure gets any higher.
Comments anyone? Especially from vet nurses who have witnessed the mutilation firsthand. I’d also like to know if any other rescues/shelters REQUIRE declawing before adoption.
Please don’t tell me there are MORE rescues out there who demand declawing as mandatory before adoption!