• ABOUT THE PAW PROJECT

    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 Paw Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 59-3782436, CA Corp ID: 26040) supported by private donations and the sale of LaLa Cards, animal-themed greeting cards. The tax-deductible contributions are used for costs of surgical care and supplies, educational programs, and anti-declawing efforts.

     

     

    The Paw Project educates the public about why declawing is inhumane. Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing "unnecessary mutilation."

     

    In a misguided attempt to keep big cats such as lions and tigers, as pets, their owners have the animals declawed as cubs, believing that they will be protected against injury. Later, when the cats prove to be poor pets, weighing hundreds of pounds and eating 20 pounds of meat a day, they are often neglected, confiscated by animal regulatory officials, or abandoned. They often end up in animal compounds or sanctuaries.

    The Paw Project actively advocates campaigns to legally ban declawing at the community and state level. Some of our legislative milestones:

    In 2002, Dr. Conrad approached West Hollywood (California) City Council members and convinced them that declawing of all animals should be banned. The council adopted an anti-declawing ordinance soon after (April, 2003) and became the first city in all of North America to ban declawing.

    In 2003, Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project team provided data about the debilitating effects of declawing to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which then changed its position on declawing of wild and exotic cats to no longer condone it. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association quickly followed suit.

    In 2005, The Paw Project team led the successful campaign to legally ban declawing of wild or exotic cats throughout the entire state of California.

    In 2006, The Paw Project team was able to convince the USDA, the governing body over animals that are exhibited, bred or sold, to stipulate a regulation in the Federal Animal Welfare Act, prohibiting licensees from declawing or defanging their animals.

    In 2009, The Paw Project team led the successful campaigns to legally ban declawing of domestic cats in 7 more California cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills and Culver City.

     

     

    The Paw Project facilitates reparative surgery for cats that have been declawed. Thanks to our generous donors since April 2000, veterinarians working with The Paw Project have performed reparative surgery on lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, jaguars and domestic cats that had been maimed by declawing. The results have been dramatic. Enjoying relief for the first time after years of suffering, cats that could hobble only a few agonizing steps before surgery, now are able to leap, run and play much more as Nature intended.

     

     

    Big Cats have benefited from paw repair surgery performed by veterinarians working with The Paw Project. Over 70 captive wild and exotic cats in southern California animal compounds have been treated, ranging from a 550-pound tiger to a 21-pound bobcat. Cats that have had paw repair surgery:

    • January 25, 2007—Tweega, a serval who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on back feet).

      August 10 and December 14, 2006—Mia, who lives at Forever Wild (repair surgery on left front foot).

      November 16, 2006—Tuffy, a 10-year-old bocat who lives at the Eco Station (repair surgery on front feet).

      June 15, 2006—Tweega, an African serval (repair surgery on front paws).

      April 27, 2006—Tantra, a tiger living in a southern California sanctuary (repair surgery on left front paw).

      April 11, 2006—Harare, a male black leopard (repair surgery on front feet).

      January 5 and March 23, 2006—Kyrin, a 10-year-old Siberian Lynx who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on front and back feet).

      December 3, 2005—Maverick, a bobcat who lives at Forever Wild (repair surgery on back feet).

      November 8, 2005—Tantra, a 325-pound, Bengal-mix tiger who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on left front paws).

      October 4, 2005—Shasa, a ten-year-old female Canadian lynx who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on rear feet).

      September 13, 2005—Maverick, an eight-year-old bobcat who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on front feet).

      August 30, 2005—Zuri, a six-year-old, 450-pound tiger who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on right front foot).

      June 16, 2005—Taboo, a bobcat who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on back feet).

      May 31, 2005—Frederick, a 425-pound, 11-year-old Bengal-mix tiger (repair surgery on front feet).

      April 28, 2005— Shasa, a nine-year-old female Canadian lynx who lives at Forever Wild sanctuary (repair surgery on front feet).

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    • March 2, 2004— Louis, a five-year-old male African lion (repair surgery on right front paw).

      December 9, 2003— Kato, a six-year-old male African serval cat who lives at Nature of Wildworks in Topanga, CA. (repair surgery on front paws).

      November 11, 2003— Louis, a four-year-old male African lion (repair surgery on left front paw).

      October 14, 2003— Blue, a three-year-old male tiger (repair surgery on left front paw).

      July 22, 2003— Czar, a three-year-old male tiger (repair surgery on left front paw).

      April 8, 2003— Jay, a three-year-old male bobcat (repair surgery on front paws).

      March 6, 2003— Envy, a six-year-old male cougar (repair surgery on front paws).

      January 16, 2003— Blackie, an eight-year-old male black leopard (repair surgery on front paws).

      November 13, 2002— Kiowa, eight-year-old female cougar (repair surgery on front paws).

      October 30, 2002— Aspen, a five-year-old male Canadian lynx (repair surgery on front paws).

      August 28, 2002— Bobby, a five-year-old male bobcat (repair surgery on front paws).

      July 17, 2002— Shiloh, a male cougar (repair surgery on front paws).

      June 28, 2002— Shoshone, a twelve-year-old female cougar (repair surgery on rear paws).

      May 24, 2002— Naala, an eight-year-old lioness (repair surgery on rear paws).

     

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