Pets of the Week

These are our adoptable pets that we recently profiled in local papers and on our website.
If you are interested in meeting these or any of the available pets at the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County (HS/SPCA) call us at 352-793-9117.

Both of these discount programs are available to residents of Sumter County and surrounding areas.

HS/SPCA Policy on Cat Declawing

(adopted 2/2017)

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. is opposed to the practice of cat declawing. Only in cases where it is deemed medically appropriate (such as tumors, infection or other chronic health issues determined by a licensed veterinarian) should the onychectomy procedure be considered. Even with advancements in technology, such as laser claw removal, maiming a cat and potentially leaving him/her with long-term issues cannot be justified for what is ultimately an owner-convenience procedure. The onychectomy procedure seeks to remove the existing claw and prevent further growth. To do so, a portion of the bone must be removed.

Cat owners who have concerns about scratching behavior should seek non-surgical management techniques such as vinyl nail caps, or simply offer scratching posts. Keeping the cat’s nails trimmed can also help with destructive scratching. The HS/SPCA will strive to educate prospective adopters and the public at large about the anatomic details of what a declaw involves and the alternatives to declawing. HS/SPCA will not adopt a cat to a person who intends to declaw.