Veterinary Organizations Who Protect Cats From Torture & Mutilation (Declawing) And Those Who Allow It.


VCA-  Comment from VCA when they banned declawing in Feb. 2020, “At the core is our firm belief that we must always do the right thing for our patients and we can no longer support declaw procedures in cats unless there is a medical reason to perform the procedure. Examples include neoplasia, infection, and trauma.

Our doctors have been given the freedom on how they practice medicine, as long as what is being done falls into a range of accepted standards of care.  We no longer feel that elective declawing of cats is a best practice and we must be cognizant of the negative effects declawing can have on cats.”


Banfield- Comment from Banfield when they banned declawing in Jan. 2020. “Every medical procedure supported by our practice has been put in place with the health and wellness of pets in mind and, based on this, we do not support the elective declawing.”


American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) –  Comment from AAFP when they banned declawing in Dec. 2020, “As we continue to amplify our mission to support high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence based medicine, we are proud to announce the end of elective declawing procedures in our Cat Friendly Practices®.

Guided by evidence-based information and the pursuit of leading the feline veterinary community, it is the AAFP’s mission to improve the health and welfare of cats. We need to set the standard.

This decision reflects our commitment to cats and we are grateful to be able to take this step towards improving feline welfare. Now is the time. Let’s end this unnecessary elective procedure, educate the public about the negative effects of declawing, defend the welfare of domestic cats, and stand proud as veterinary professionals.”


Mission Veterinary Partners- (Email from John Talmadge, Chief Veterinary Officer of MVP to City the Kitty’s Exec. Director/President, Lori Shepler in March 2021.)

“We spent time reviewing the case, your website, published medical research, and the positions of leading medical organizations and associations. For the sake of clarity and transparency, MVP has not mandated medical protocols in the past.  We support and empower our clinic medical teams to meet or exceed standard medical practices. While we have never mandated any medical protocols, we believe that in this instance it is shortsighted and we feel compelled to take a stance in order to ensure that we abide by one of our core values: to do the right thing.”

MVP banned declawing in March 2021.


Fear Free Pets (Founder/Owner Dr Marty Becker) – They say they are an education company and provide a course for their members about why they should not declaw as well as alternatives to declawing.

(UPDATE MAY 2021-  Dr Marty Becker and FEAR FREE PETS announced that they would be banning declawing in all their practices on Dec. 31, 2021.  This is great but why would it take 7 months to do the right thing?)

Story about Fear Free Practices and declawing. Fear Free and declawing



The following veterinary organizations ALLOW declawing in their vet practices.


The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)- AAHA emailed us in July 2021 and said, “We strive to uphold standards of veterinary excellence, but we do not instruct veterinarians how to practice medicine.”


In 2013 AAHA told their veterinarians that they cannot perform nonanesthetic or anesthesia-free dentals because it is unacceptable and below the standard of care. AAHA also said nonanesthesia dentals are not appropriate because of patient stress and injury. Banning nonanesthetic dentals didn’t take any income from their vets, and in fact brought them revenue since now their AAHA hospitals will be performing these dentals with anesthesia.

Also one of AAHA’s MANDATORY STANDARDS is, “Practice team members demonstrate humane care of animals.”   DOES AAHA BELIEVE DECLAWING IS HUMANE CARE OF CATS?

AAHA has 900 Standards of Care on 49 pages and they tell their veterinarians how to practice medicine in many of their MANDATORY STANDARDS or else they can’t be an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital.


AAHA and declawing story. AAHA story

AAHA Petition- AAHA Petition


Does AAHA think that declawing is humane, the standard of care, and doesn’t cause stress and injury to a cat?


National Veterinary Associates- 1000 plus vet practices. – Silence. They are ignoring all of us.

Their CEO, Greg Hartmann says this on his bio, “We’re here to support our caregivers with resources, tools and programs that help grow their business, so they can focus on what matters most: the health and well-being of animals.”

NVA Petition- NVA Petition

NVA and declawing story. NVA and declawing story

Email- CMO-, CEO-

JAB Holding Company owns NVA –


VetCor- 427 vet practices. Silence. They are ignoring all of us.

VetCor says on their website, “All of our practices have a shared goal of providing excellence care and service to both their patients and clients.”

Story about VetCor and declawing. VetCor and Declawing

Petition- VetCor Petition



PetVet Care Centers- 330 vet practices. Silence. They are ignoring all of us.

Story about PetVet and declawing. PetVet Care Centers and Declawing

Petition – PetVet Petition

The only contact email that we can find for PetVet is this.


Rarebreed Veterinary Partners.

800 employees and 33 practices. Email-

They say on their Facebook page, “Rarebreed Veterinary Partners was founded with a single mission: To re-imagine the veterinary experience. Our mission: To provide exceptional patient care, outstanding client service and a kick-ass work experience.”

Story and petition will be published soon.


American Veterinary Group

Here’s our story about American Veterinary Group and declawing. AVG and declawing

American Veterinary Group Petition

American Veterinary Group was founded by veterinarians in 2015 and they own & operate over 50 veterinary practices throughout the Southern United States. American Veterinary Group says that they pursue partnerships with veterinary professionals who share their dedication to clinical excellence.


NAVE Veterinary Group, Las Vegas, NV.

The bill to ban declawing, AB209, was introduced in Nevada in March 2021 by Assemblywoman Susie Martinez (D-Las Vegas). ada Anti-declawing Bill

The only organization that was opposed to the bill was the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). The NVMA’s loyal lobbyist, Alisa Nave Worth, submitted the NVMA’s letter of opposition to this bill.

The NVMA’s lobbyist, Alisa Nave Worth and Senator Chris Brooks are really good friends. Senator Chris Brooks was the only Democratic Senator who wouldn’t support this bill.
The NVMA’s lobbyist, Alisa Nave Worth, her husband, and her dad, Dr James Nave, who is a veterinarian in Nevada and owns 22 vet practices, have donated to Senator Chris Brooks.
We found that 15 of those NAVE Veterinary Group practices declaw cats.

Here’s our story about how the anti-declawing bill in NV was stopped and how many NAVE clinics declaw cats. How the NV cat protection bill was stopped

NAVE Veterinary Group Petition