Here are the ethical and humane shelters and rescues in West Michigan who educate the public about how declawing is bad for cats. They also teach cat owners about the easy, humane options. Know the facts- Facts vs Myths about declawing
If you know of any other shelters/rescues in West Michigan who are against declawing and who educate the public about how it is bad for cats, please send us their name. firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Harbor Humane Society in West Olive, Michigan.
Their declawing policy- If someone is looking to adopt they must adopt an already declawed cat. We do everything we can to educate potential adopters on the risks and inhumanity of declawing. We include declawing handouts in our adoption folders and are committed to teaching people that it is not the right thing to do.
Here is their Alternatives to Declawing handout. Harbor Humane Society Handout
2) Heaven Can Wait Rescue, Muskegon, Michigan.
This is the reply that the Heaven Can Wait folks give to people who are looking to declaw the cat/kitten they are wanting to adopt.
Early arthritis is frequently seen with declawed cats. Aversion to litter boxes is also common. Many become biters as their natural form of defense has been taken away from them.
For these reasons, Heaven Can Wait considers declawing cats a cruel and unnecessary act. As cats get older their symptoms can get worse. We find that many cats having litter boxes issues later in life are declawed cats. While you may have had past declaws that never had a problem, we need to remember that if there is an issue because of declawing, there is no option to correct it.
3) Humane Society of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan
4) Cannonsville Critters, Stanton, Michigan
5) Carol’s Ferals, Grand Rapids, Michigan
We have materials hanging in our facility that show the statistics of the harms of declawing as well as a binder with pictures of what amputated toe bones look like.
We send our potential adopters this information as well as educate in person the harms of declawing and safe alternatives: Scratching posts, regular nail trims, soft paws, deterrent and attractant sprays.
We always offer free nail trims for life post adoption and require adopters to sign a legally binding contract that they will not have their cat declawed. “