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Cat declawing now a crime in San Francisco and Beverly Hills – CA

For the couch: Some pet owners have their cats declawed to prevent damage to household items. (AP File Photo)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has become the first major city in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats.

Some pet owners declaw their felines to protect themselves, or their furniture, from scratches. But pet advocates condemn the practice as animal cruelty.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 to enact a ban on the declawing of cats. Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Michela Alioto-Pier voted against the legislation.

“It is well-documented and well-understood from a medical prospective that [declawing] is torture. It is a form of animal cruelty,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who introduced the legislation.

Other California cities are considering adopting similar bans. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on whether to enact a ban by the end of the year. West Hollywood banned declawing in 2003. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Berkeley are considering similar ordinances. Declawing is illegal in 20 countries, including most of Europe, Brazil, Japan and Israel.

The California Veterinary Medical Association opposed the legislation. (Shame on them… it is like AMA, who stands up for Big Pharma and money making procedures, not patients.) The group said declawing should be left up to veterinarians and not politicians.

“I don’t support the board making those types of medical decisions,” Alioto-Pier told The Examiner after the meeting. “It seems misplaced. I think that the doctors and the vets should be making those decisions. And if it’s a bigger issue than that then the state of California should be outlawing that.”

Violators of the ban, such as anyone who declaws a cat or a pet owner who approves of a declawing, could face up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000.

Many cities have decided to consider such a ban because a state law was recently adopted that would prohibit cities from enacting the bans after Jan. 1.

Vote was held and passed on Nov 5th in Beverly Hills.

Options:  Get your cat a scratching pole, take them for a walk on a leash and clip their nails.

Try Pedi-Paws –

November 7, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finnegan the Squirrel

The moral of this story is the best part!!!

Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild,
bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house.


When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an
unlikely nurse’s aide: her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.


Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies.
Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth.
Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow  the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.


Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually
working his way beneath his new litter mates.


Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a
videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.  Now, Finnegan
mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his ‘siblings’ in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their
bodies, and sinking in deeply for a nap.


Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.


Finnegan naps after feeding.


Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.
Send this along to brighten someone’s day!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all get along
like Finnegan and the gang?

Keep loving everyone, even the squirrelly ones!

(Ask Marion will admit it is something after years of doing just that, that she has a hard time doing these days!!)

What a great story though!!  And these puppies remind us so much of one of our own dogs’ pups, Goji

A & A's Pups 24 Hours Old

24 Hours Old

All Between 70 and 74 Hours Old

72-Hours Old

Pups 28 Days Old - We Are All Hungry

28 Days Old

Our little guys were Chiweenies, though: Half Chihuahuas – Half Weiner Dogs instead of Papillion pups

Posted:  Just One More Pet

November 7, 2009 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Animals Adopting Animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Success Stories, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | Leave a comment