• WHAT YOU CAN DO …

    • Please LIKE our Facebook page. And ask your friends to LIKE it, too. Go to www.facebook.com/pawproject. We are also on Twitter (@pawproject) and Instagram (pawproject).

    Join the Paw Project mailing list.

    • Watch The Paw Project Movie, in selected theaters and on video-on-demand, and tell your friends about it. It's on Netflix! For more information about our documentary, The Paw Project Movie, go to www.pawprojectmovie.com.

    • Ask your vet if he or she declaws. If the answer is YES, politely say that you would prefer to have a humane veterinarian who does not declaw. If the answer is NO, say THANK YOU!

    • Donate your talents to the Paw Project - are you accomplished in public relations, advertising, social media, design, printing?. Write to us at info@pawproject.org.

    • Are you a student or a teacher? Use The Paw Project Movie in the classroom. Check out Teach with Movies for lesson plans based on The Paw Project Movie.

    • Promote the Paw Project on social media - post about the Paw Project and declawing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

    • Are you creative? - Design t-shirts, posters, stickers, buttons, magnets. Check out some of our gear at Redbubble.

    • Host a screening of The Paw Project Movie. We can provide the DVD and promotional materials.

    • Write an editorial for your local paper. Tell us when it's printed so we can post it on our Facebook page. Write us for examples.

    • Call vet clinics in your area. Are they pro-declaw? Anti-declaw? Let us know. We are assembling a list of veterinarians and vet clinics that will not declaw. Write to us at info@pawproject.org.

    • Ask to AVMA to adopt a no-declaw policy. Post a polite and civil request on the AVMA Facebook page.

    • Use Amazon Smile. If you are making purchases on Amazon, you can log into www.smile.amazon.com and select Paw Project/Animal General Hospital as the charity to support. A portion of your purchase price will go to the Paw Project.

    • Hold a fundraiser. We are grateful to the folks who have held fundraisers for the Paw Project. Check out the photo album for this musical fundraiser: Accidents' Party for Paws. Remember that we are a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your contributions are used for our programs to help animals.

    • Have great pictures of cats? Share them with the Paw Project at info@pawproject.org.

    • Educate yourself. We have a lot of great information on our FAQs page.

    • Get a bumper sticker, get a poster. Write to us at info@pawproject.org. Tell us what you want. We appreciate it if you can make a donation to cover the mailing costs (www.pawproject.org/contribute).

    • The Paw Project can always use your donations to help us with our programs. Go to our Contribution Page to make a tax-deductible donation .

    Legislation? Can you help us ban declawing in the US and Canada? This can be a very difficult and time-consuming task. It took the Paw Project 10 years to ban declawing in the eight California cities that currently have anti-declaw laws (the only laws of their kind in North America...so far). You will need to educate lawmakers in your area and develop relationships with them. You should familiarize yourself with the existing laws and scientific evidence regarding declawing at our Anti-Declawing Legislation Page and our Anti-Declawing FAQs Page.. Once the legislative process is underway, without constant vigilance, there is a great risk of unwanted amendments that could undermine your good intentions. PLEASE ask us for advice and materials before you tackle legislation. We are here to help, and we are happy to help.

    • Have another great idea? Write to us at info@pawproject.org.

    Support New York State Bill A.1297/S.5084 to Ban Cat Declawing

    In January 2015, Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D), introduced a bill, A.1297, that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing. In May, New York Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Oneida County) introduced the companion bill (S.5084) in the Senate, giving it a majority-party sponsor in the GOP-controlled Senate and increasing the likelihood of its passage. Griffo agreed to sponsor the measure at the urging of local animal-rights groups that supports it. The declawing bill would ban the amputation procedure unless it is done to remove a tumor or for other medical reasons affecting the cat.

    Please read our Official Declawing Myth/Fact Sheet, which was presented to the NY state legislature in May 2015

    If you are a New York State citizen, contact your NY Assemblymember and Senator (find by zip code here). Give their staff your name, town and message: "Declawing is inhumane and I'd like to see it banned. I support Bill A.1297/S.5084." It's that simple.

    If you are NOT a New York State citizen, please send a link to this page to your NY friends.

    Cats across NY thank you!

    General Letter-Writing Tips
    1. Write a polite, personalized letter or email. (Letters that are sent by mail or faxed are more effective than emails.) If you have any personal experience with declawing, especially negative ones, please include your story in the letter, using the first person, "I", to be more compelling. Be factual not emotional. Communicating a message that is concise, positive and proactive is far more persuasive than a long, critical message with a negative tone.
    2. Include your full name and address in your letter (even e-mails)
    3. Say why you are writing and who you are. List your "credentials."
    4. ("Where should I send my letter?") Most city councils have a web site with the contact information for your local representatives. Contact information for state legislators may be found at www.govspot.com/state/
    5. If a specific bill or ordinance is involved, cite the correct title or number whenever possible. Above the salutation (e.g. Dear Councilmember Doe) reference the bill number and the action you want taken, i,e., a vote for or against a bill. Example:
      Re: SB 1229 (Pavley) -- SUPPORT
    6. Salutation should address a state legislator as Dear Honorable [lastname] and a councilmember as Dear Councilmember [lastname]
    7. Address:
      The Honorable Jane Doe
      House of Representatives
      #### State House
      City, State ZIP CODE

      If your rep. is the Speaker, state assembly, address it as follows:
      The Honorable Jane Doe
      Speaker of House of Delegates
      -or-
      Speaker of House of Representatives ####State House
      City, State ZIP CODE
    8. Click here to view a Sample Letter (Be sure to personalize the sample letter and make it your own)
    9. For updates, please join The Paw Project mailing list.

     

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