End the cruel practice of feline declawing
Declawing is inhumane, unnecessary and already illegal in many places around the world. Nevada Humane Society has been working with lawmakers as well as local and national animal welfare groups to help pass Assembly Bill 209 in our state legislature. This bill will effectively ban the declawing of cats in Nevada except when medically necessary. We need your help to contact our lawmakers to get this bill passed!
AB 209 has already moved through the Assembly successfully but right now the bill is held up in the Senate Natural Resource Committee and if it does not pass out of this committee by Friday, it will die. Without your help, cats in our state will continue to suffer.
Please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resource Committee via phone or email TODAY using the contact info provided below and RESPECTFULLY but FIRMLY encourage them to support AB 209. Our community has always come together to help animals in need, and we are confident that your help will get this bill over the finish line.
Senate Natural Resource Committee Members:
- Senator Fabian Doñate – Chair
Email: Fabian.Donate@sen.state.nv.us Office Phone: (775) 684-1427
- Senator Melanie Scheible – Vice Chair
Email: Melanie.Scheible@sen.state.nv.us Office Phone: (775) 684-1421
- Senator Chris Brooks
Email: Chris.Brooks@sen.state.nv.us Office Phone: (775) 684-1422
- Senator Pete Goicoechea
Email: Pete.Goicoechea@sen.state.nv.us Office Phone: (775) 684-1447
- Senator Ira Hansen
Email: Ira.Hansen@sen.state.nv.us Office Phone: (775) 684-1480
Why is declawing so harmful to cats?
Declawing a cat is the surgical amputation of the first toe bone on every toe of a cat’s front paws. The surgery is incredibly painful, and many cats develop long-term physical and behavioral problems after the trauma of this procedure. Some of the most common issues declawed cats have are biting and not using the litter box.
We have seen firsthand the negative effects of declawing on cats as many of these cats end up getting surrendered to local shelters like us. We currently have a cat in our care, Aster, who was surrendered due to behavior issues. Upon an exam by our clinic, our vet discovered his declaw procedure had been botched leaving him with painful bone fragments in his paws and his nails re-growing through his skin. He will require another painful and complicated surgery to fix his paws and rehabilitation to help give him a chance at a normal quality of life in his new home.
Thank you for your help and for giving a voice to all the voiceless cats like Aster in our state!
Resources to humanely address unwanted scratching
There are an abundance of resources available to provide cat owners with alternatives to the inhumane practice of declawing. Our friends and partners at Alley Cat Allies have compiled a list of methods for addressing unwanted scratching. We highly recommend this resource for anyone experiencing this issue with their cat, as there are plenty of ways to redirect scratching behaviors in felines without declawing our furry friends.