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The Coalition Policy on Declawing

Paws Come With Claws

The first few words of the Coalition's mission statement are, "to alleviate the animal suffering." That's why the Coalition discourages declawing, and prohibits this procedure in conjunction with any of our assisted surgeries. Declawing causes suffering.

The benign-sounding declawing procedure is more accuractely described in medical texts as feline digital amputation. The procedure does not simply remove a cat's claws, it removes the entire first joint of the cat's paw. A declawed finger on a human being would look like this:

For more information about declawing, we recommend that you visit the very informative website, "Declawing.com."

There are humane alternatives to declawing. See softpaws for more information on soft, artificial fingernails for cats.


OUR MISSION:To alleviate the animal suffering that results from pet overpopulation by providing affordable spay/neuter services to low-income pet guardians and feral cat caretakers.

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