Pierce is one of 51 declawed kittens up for adoption in Rescue Shelters in Ohio. He is offered as neutered, vaccinated, house trained and declawed.
No explanation is given for him being in the Shelter but as he is house trained it seems obvious that someone gave him a home, had him declawed and then relinquished him to the Shelter for some reason.
He was born in July 2010, which means that now he is 4 months of age, the equivalent of around a 7 year old human child and he has already been robbed of his toe ends for life.
He will never know the joy of stretching his muscles while digging in his claws on a scratching post.
He will never be able to hook a toy with his front paws and give it a good old kick with his back paws. He will be defenceless against any children or dogs in the family he is adopted into as surely he will be, he has such a lovely little face.
He is only one of many kittens suffering from this supposedly last resort surgery. How could any vet, a person trained to help animals, have offered to or agreed to, cripple for life little Pierce or any of the other thousands of kittens like him.
I only hope he and the other kittens do find good kind homes and don't end up back in the Shelter if they develop problems from being so cruelly declawed.