The original ad, posted by Wags and Whiskers of Livonia, Michigan, stated
“We just got 7 new babies back from foster homes. They are a variety of colrs and both males and females. They are 9 weeks old and will be ready for their new, 100% indoor homes 4/16/15. They can be separated. They will be tested, vaccinated, dewormed, front declawed, and spayed/neutered. They are friendly, litter box trained and used to being handled. Adoption donation of $195 each to help defray the cost of the vet care.”
The corrected Petfinder ad now reads
“These two sweet sisters are available and looking for their forever homes. They can be separated. The one who looks black and white actually has orange coloring too and is calico. Her sister is a torti. They have been spayed, tested neg., vaccinated, dewormed and front declawed.”
The rest of the ad reads the same as the first version.
Both contact email addresses belong to people, who work in the Allen Animal Hospital, 19066 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48152. ( http://allenanimalhospital.com/ ) According to the homepage of the hospital, Les Ann Payne is Vet Tech and Karen Marie Wroblewski is Vet and co-owner.
What’s really sad is the owners of this organization aren’t breaking any laws. Most likely they’re under the impression they’re helping the cat when in reality cats who are declawed are more likely to have issues such as biting and litter box issues that get them turned into a shelter.
Declawing kittens IS a violation of AMVA policy, which states cats should be given the chance to learn to use scratching posts or other scratching material before declawing.
Was this a misprint that was later corrected, or did the person(s) placing the ad experience the wrath of those who fight against declawing, then changed the ad as quickly as possible?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of cat owners who insist on an indoor cat being declawed. And unfortunately, there are perhaps thousands of veterinarians ready and willing to mutilate a cat for what they consider the greater good of cat ownership.
Please, do not threaten anyone mentioned within this article. Hopefully, these ladies have learned that declawing a cat isn’t a good thing to do, much less advertise it on Petfinder.