This is a story that makes me feel more optimistic about a change in attitude towards declawing in the United States of America.
It is a simple story. A man adopts two kittens from Paws for Life Cat Rescue. I am not sure where they are and as there are a few rescue organisations with the same name I don’t want to provide a link incase I get it wrong. Update: I think this is the link – they work under the Petfinder banner and are located in Detroit.
He promises not to declaw in what seems to be a formal agreement – he signs a binding contract in other words.
He takes them to his vet for spaying and neutering. The vet says why not declaw as well? It was one of those nasty, bundled, promo, discount things..horrible.
Anyway the guy says OK, go ahead. The vet sends confirmatory faxes of spaying and neutering to Paws for Life and at the same time, not knowing about the contract, sends a note that he has declawed too.
Well, Courtney Trotz-Sanders of Paws for Life went around to the man’s home and took the kittens back. And damn right too!
The man complains. He has no right to complain. You were cruel and in breach of contract.
Nice story I think. Nice to see some real force being given to a contract and I love the straightforward, direct action of Courtney Trotz-Sanders that has integrity written all over it. Well done Courtney.
The kittens are being re-homed. Poor things. Mutilated at the hands of a greedy and unthinking veterinarian, a pillar of American society.