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.
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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 Ja********@pe******.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.
Declawing From The Veterinary Staff’s Point Of View
Recently Declawed Cat Pictures
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!
From Trinity Acres Rescue and Mandatory Declawing to Articles of Elisa Black-Taylor
I have 2 kitties from Trinity Acres Rescue and Neither came declawed..I adore my kitties and I think Jann is a wonderful lady..I have to say abortion is legal.. and I think that is horrible.. But they say it is a womans choice.. I think if we spent more time protecting and loving are children it would be a much better world.. And not putting down other people for giving there time to help animals in whatever way they can..If it is legal to kill a child in this country then it should be a persons choice to declaw or not..I have had declawed cats in the past that lived long healthy lives.. And my cat whooped my dogs with no problems..I do not think it is a great thing.. I just think trashing other people on here is uncalled for.. No one has to declaw.. Thats fine but do not trash people if you do not know there intents..We have obviously way to much time on our hands..
This is an interesting statement. I don’t believe you can equate abortion with declawing. They are mutually exclusive in my opinion.
We do not trash people who declaw cats. We criticise people who declaw their cats. We have the right to do that. From our perspective and from the perspective of any decent minded person who loves animals, declawing a domestic cat for non-therapeutic reasons is in effect an assault on that cat. It is cat abuse, no more no less.
I really feel that we are justified in criticising veterinarians who declaw cats to make money. I’m sure that you are aware that declawing a cat is not removing the claw but removing a part of the cat’s toe. It is an amputation times 10! All for convenience of the person who owns the cat. Sounds good? Sounds right and proper or does it seem to be immoral to you?
There is no reason we can’t protect children, unborn children included and cats too.
I think you will find that most cat lovers are compassionate people who do care about others as well as cats.
Declawing is cruel, it does not keep cats in their homes, read up on the work of The Paw Project and have your eyes opened to the suffering declawing causes.
Don’t fool yourself that your own declawed cats didn’t suffer, cats suffer in silence. At the very least if your cats lived long lives they must have developed arthritis because they were unable to dig in their claws to stretch their muscles. Don’t fool yourself that declawing vets do it for any other reason than to make money out of it!
You are the one with too much time on your hands, so why don’t you do some serious research about the cruelty of declawing before coming here criticising those of us who have already done that and who care for ALL other living feeling beings!