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My Interview with Dr. Kirsten Doub, Director of Paw Project Utah — 34 Comments

  1. Just went to the Paws Project Facebook. Can’t find the interview posted anywhere. Did you go to Utah or Skype? Do you have any video? Would love to see.

  2. What a brave ethical woman bloody good for her! She has also answered a question that has been asked on here many times ‘I wonder if they teach de-clawing to the younger vets in vet school?’ Well it seems they don’t “I wasn’t taught these things in school and I am not planning on starting the torture now to follow suit with the cowboys.“ says Dr Doub so isn’t that even worse that they de-claw and just do it without and training 🙁 awful and evil as clear as day that its all just for money hate it!!!

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  4. From your keyboard, Michael… 😉 I have always been against declawing and would never, ever, even think about it. Our house is well furnished with climbing and scratching furniture, scratching pads and posts, and there is never any problem with furniture being clawed. The choice of furniture (all smooth, with no fabric that is attractive to cats’ claws) is important as well. But no furnishing will ever be more important to me than the lives, wellbeing, and care of my FAMILY — my beloved cats. The eldest, at 19, came to join us at 14, having been declawed years ago by his former caregivers, who loved him dearly and were ignorant of the truth about this horrendous procedure. I have to say he is the most well-adjusted declawed cat I’ve ever encountered, and walks quite well; but I feel terrible that he has injured paws, and am very careful of them.

    • exactly no animal should EVER be declawed they need them so they can climb or in an attack they are part of their body its the same of having our hands cut off. Your right Good to pick fabrics that wont fall apart. When picking my lounge suite i did the same thing made sure it could handle cats claws 🙂

  5. I think we need to create a “Wall of Shame” where we can keep a running list of declaw vets as we learn their names.

  6. Super, Jo!
    I love that Rescoe picture.
    “OFF WITH HIS HEAD!” cries the angry Protectors of Cats.

  7. Thank you for a wonderful interview, Jo. I have great respect for Dr. Doub and others like her. And I pledge a LONG time ago to NEVER declaw a cat. I have adopted several that were already declawed, but I have never, nor will I ever do it to a cat.

  8. BRAVO!! BRAVO!! BRAVO!! Dr. Doub is publishing data that the anti-declaw crusaders have been asking for for years!! With the numbers to back up our cause, we are not just a bunch of fanatics anymore,(or an ‘extremist’ as I have been called by declawing veterinarians when I talk to them about declawing), people will have to listen now.

    My dear friend Annie Bruce, author of the book ‘Cat Be Good: A Commonsense Approach to Training Your Cat,’ and one of the pioneers of the anti-declaw movement, told me that one day it would be up to the veterinarians to figure this all out. She was right. The time is here. The time is finally here.

    Thank you, Jo!

    • Carla is Annie OK? We ‘met’ when our UK anti declaw troops first formed around 6 years ago, she sent copies of her wonderful ‘Cat be Good’ book over to us. She was poorly last time we corresponded and I often wonder if she’s OK and think how pleased she must be that the indisputible evidence of the cruelty of declawing is gathering now.
      She inscribed in my copy of her book ‘One day declawing will end’

  9. DW!

    From all of our fingertips to God’s eyes- praying that this horrendous cruelty will end in all our lifetimes- and MUCH sooner. It was a joy and honor to interview Dr. Doub. She is one remarkable lady -(a HUGE understatement).

  10. There have to be hundreds like her. But thousands not like her. Michael, I don’t think embarrassment can reach the cold hearts of the Vets who declaw, and this interview states the reason why…cheap and fast money at the expense of thousands of cats lives. But more vets who come forward and expose declawing for what it is, is a step in the right direction. This continues to be a long hard road. But every sparkle of hope, like Dr. Doub speaking out, is forward moving.

    There needs to be a parade of anti-declaw vets, marching (virtually) across this huge country, bringing this horrible practice to light.

    Jo, you rock! Wouldn’t it be nice to get laws passed in Ruth AKA’s lifetime, and Michael’s, and mine, and everyone who is fighting this fight…so she and all, can rest in peace.

  11. Wow thats great to hear that it takes a women to stand up and set up her on vet that doesnt declaw and whats shes gone though just to get there. . So great that there is some good stuff happening over there finally.

      • Exactly total agreement there i think its great role model for other vets coming up the ranks and its good for her to be supported and adovacated and for shame on those other vets that are declawing.

  12. I very much admire Kirsten! Not only for her stance against declawing and not only for her bravery in telling the world she refuses to declaw and why, but also for trying to help cats declawed by her unethical, money grabbing colleagues who obviously don’t care about the suffering they cause millions of cats.
    I have noticed other vets ‘coming out of the closet’ too because of Kirsten and other Paw Project vets who are to be much admired too, that is wonderful news.
    Hard scientific proof is showing those declawing vets for what they are, butchers who don’t care about the cats they mutilate! They ignore the fact that declawing does NOT keep cats in their homes but they can’t ignore the proof that Kirsten is making public.
    EVERY declawing vet needs to see a copy of that proof, it needs shouting from American rooftops so that NO ONE at all in the entire country can pretend they don’t know that declawing destroys a cat’s quality of life.
    I love your picture Michael and I’d love to see that roscoe nail clipper around the neck of every vet who continues to declaw cats.

    • I will defy any vet to not be embarrassed by Kirsten’s study and I would like to see more and to see the evidence gradual build to the point where the pressure on the AVMA and the vets is so great they have to do something.

      We will have to force them, kicking and screaming to address the fact that they are in blatant breach of their oath and to admit they are making a massive mistake in sustaining this practice.

  13. Great interview! Wow it’s just incredible how many people who would know it’s wrong – just turn a blind eye for the sake of profit. I mean – it’s really very shocking actually. How could they – how could they abuse the knowledge they have and encourage people who don’t understand what is involved, to do such an awful thing to their cat.

    It is evil. Once a blind eye gets tured there is no innocence or accident. It’s known. The choice to turn a blind eye to this cruelty and encourage the procedure to be done whenever possible – is evil. It is bad. It is ignorant. It is cruel. Nobody can claim innocence in this.

  14. Loved the interview. I hope you don’t mind me having a bit of fun with the Rescoe nail clipper. The vet being “rescoed” is a genuine declawing vet. I have forgotten his name.

    Kirsten is a heroine to us in the fight against declawing. It does not surprise me that she has been ostracised by some vets. Silly sods.

    One day, come the revolution, they’ll regret it.

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