This is Pumpkin, 7 years old, our newest addition and declawed.
He came because of behavior problems not of his fault, behavior problems resulting from declawing that we and the animal community including veterinarians have known about for many, many years. Nevertheless, the declawing went on. It had already been prohibited for a long time in other countries, provinces. Here however, although everyone knew it was cruel, causing likely or at least very possibly long term problems, in spite of petitions to outlaw declawing, discussions with vets, pet owners and law makers, the procedures went on until finally, finally, last year, veterinarians in Alberta admitted that the operation they were regularly performing to protect their clients furniture, from a medical point of view, was inhumane, unnecessary and unethical. Good! One would have thought that this was the end of declawing cats in Alberta, but declawing went on for another year when finally the AVMA declared declawing to be banned. In this context, using the term ‘banned” appears strange, as normally, one bans someone else from doing something, or not? Well, they banned themselves from acting inhumane and unethical, and this fine with us. We were always outspoken against declawing, it is over now.
Regardless of this introduction, it is not at all over for sweet Pumpkin. He will have to walk around on his intentionally crippled feet for the rest of his life. He just lost his home because sometimes, and they say it is the discomfort after declawing, he does not use the litter box to pee. With us, he always did, but no guarantee.
Is there anyone, to make up where fellow humans failed him, could let him live in their garage/workshop, with lots of human contact and later on access to the yard which he would love? Killing him seems so very unfair, adding insult to injury. Sometimes, a new home for these cats is a new beginning, things change. Again, no guarantee. We try to rescue the most miserable, the betrayed, the so called misbegotten, closest to our hearts. Can you help?

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