Will AAHA’s 2024 Practice of the Year Be Another Declawing Animal Hospital?

AAHA’s 2024 Practice of the Year Contest is here! Let’s vote for the no-declaw animal hospitals! There are 20 finalists. Three of them perform declawing.

In 2023 there were 4 finalists for AAHA’s practice of the year. Three of them did not declaw cats. AAHA chose the declawing clinic as their 2023 Practice of the Year.

The Organizations That Allow Declawing

Here are many examples of those in the veterinary profession and some outside of it, who could truly help to end the inhumane procedure of declawing, but aren’t.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association Is Trying To Keep Animal Cruelty (Declawing) Legal.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association wrote in their Sept. 1, 2023 newsletter, “PVMA is involved in working behind the scenes to prevent a declaw ban from moving in the legislature. This is a tricky issue, but it would be bad precedent to have the state government decide what procedures we cannot perform on our clients animals.”
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t want to regulate their veterinarians even when it comes to this animal cruelty.

Why Is Dr Pol Still Declawing Cats in 2023?

Story published on December 14, 2023. Please sign our petition to Nat Geo and Dr Pol to stop declawing! http://bit.ly/DrPolStopDeclawing We just wanted to check if Dr Pol is still declawing cats so one of our researchers made a short call to Dr Pol’s Veterinary Services in Weidman, MI and according to an employee that […]

The Secretary of the Houston Humane Society is Still Performing 2 & 4 Paw Declaws at Her Houston Clinic

Dr Cynthia Rigoni is the Secretary of the Houston Humane Society.
Dr Cynthia Rigoni has been doing declaws for over 25 years. According to an employee at her clinic, she also has declawed her own dogs. More information below in our story.

In 1991, a cat owner came to Dr Cynthia Rigoni’s All Cats Veterinary Clinic in Houston, TX for just a neuter.
Dr Rigoni performed the neuter and then started to declaw the cat. On the third toe bone, she realized she was performing an unauthorized procedure but she kept declawing the cat and then notified the owners of the “error.”

According to the veterinary medical board paperwork below, she committed gross malpractice and her license was suspended for 2 years.