Many shelter cats are less likely to be adopted because they have behavioural problems such as improper urination, hiding and biting due to being declawed. The Paw Project-Utah (PP-U) has recognized that these cats need an assessment of their damaged paws followed by repair work where possible with the objective of dramatically improving their chances of being adopted.
Accordingly, the Paw Project-Utah have partnered with some local rescues to help declawed cats in Utah. Let’s remind ourselves that sometimes declawed cats find themselves in shelters because ironically the declawing operation has made them less suitable as a pet which is the exact opposite to the purpose of declawing!
Shelter cats are potentially eligible for the PP-U program is they are:
- can be handled safely and
- need paw repair surgery
At which point PP-U works with the shelter to organise treatment which may include weekly laser treatments, specific types of food, medicine, or even paw surgery.
PP-U relies on the rescue to have a foster in place, or help find a foster home for the cats. PP-U and the rescue then work as a team to find a forever home for the cats in the PP-U program.
“Our pawsome Event/Volunteer Coordinator, Nikki S, has made these partnerships possible.”
We should applaud PP-U and Dr Kirsten Doub who heads the clinic. Wonderful work.