The San Jose City Council will consider several animal-related resolutions this year, and many residents hope that one of them will be a ban on declawing cats. The facts and statistics are piling up: declawing cats -- wild, exotic or domestic -- is inhumane, painful and unnecessary.
To help educate the community on the topic, San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio is hosting a screening of “The Paw Project." This documentary details why and how Dr. Jennifer Conrad and her team established The Paw Project, its mission and the declawing ban movement. The film will be shown Wednesday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. in San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara Street. Parking is free. RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org since seating is limited.
Founded in 2002, The Paw Project’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed. The organization has helped implement a declawing ban in eight California cities to date and led the successful campaign to legally ban declawing of wild or exotic cats in the state.
Create momentum in your community to help abolish declawing. Attend the screening of the The Paw Project on January 29. Send a letter to the San Jose City Council or your local city council voicing your support of a declawing ban (sample letter below). Contact your state senator or assembly member saying you would support declawing ban legislation; ask about his or her interest in authoring, co-authoring or carrying a related bill. Email local rescues, Humane Societies and SPCAs to learn about their efforts and commitment to ban declawing. Educate fellow pet owners and friends. And, of course, go to www.pawproject.org for more information and inspiration.
Visit your local shelter or search on petfinder.com to find cats that have already been declawed and need permanent homes. Go to petfinder.com, fill in location and pet type, and the website will provide additional search filters. Under the heading of characteristics, you will find a box where you can specify "declawed."
Our next posting will feature an interview with Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder and director of The Paw Project.