Cornell Feline Health Center: Honor Rhoda Hogan's 2007 $125,000 Bequest &Condemn Declawing

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Dear Cornell Feline Health Center,

We, the undersigned, ask you (Cornell) to honor the terms of Rhoda Hogan’s $125,000 anti-declawing bequest that you were awarded in 2007.

Rhoda A. Hogan wanted her bequest to go to, “An organization to be used to publicize and educate the public about the cruel effect of de-clawing cats and to support legislation forbidding it.”

When asked about this large sum of money, Cornell said that they made these 6 short, simple videos for $100,000. However, the behaviorist for the shelter medicine program who wrote all the material for these videos and narrated them, told us, "I don't even remember if I was paid to do the videos but if I was it was only a few hundred dollars for my time. We did the video in two days."

Either Cornell paid someone else $99,800 for these videos or Cornell still has that money, along with the remaining $25,000.

(Here is a link to the videos that isn't working as far as I can tell-

Here is a link to the videos on YouTube where each video has around 100 views (Feb 2018)-

Could they possibly have cost $100,000 like Cornell claims? If you believe not, please sign our petition in the name of Rhoda A. Hogan who wanted the organization that accepted her money, Cornell, to help end declawing.

Cornell isn’t even supporting the anti-declawing bills currently going through the legislature in New York State, A 595/ S3376.

Cornell even declaws cats at their own Cornell Feline Health Animal Hospital. (Update August 2017- Cornell stopped performing declaw procedures. They could have announced it to inspire other vet colleges to stop but they didn't.)

This is Cornell's position on declawing- "Declawing is an elective and highly controversial surgical procedure that is the topic of considerable debate among cat owners and veterinary professionals. Despite its name, declawing is actually an amputation of the bones at the tips of the paws, not a simple removal of the nails. Like any other surgical procedure, declawing carries the risk of anesthetic complications, infection, bleeding, and, in rare cases, more long-term problems. Declawing will not curb your cat’s desire to scratch, but will prevent the damage resulting from the behavior. Declawed cats should never be allowed outside, as they are less able to climb trees or to defend themselves. Thoughtful consultation with your veterinarian is recommended if you are considering this procedure for your cat. Declawing should be considered only as an absolute last resort when all other strategies are unsuccessful, and only in cases in which a cat’s scratching would necessitate removal from the home. " From this story-

More about Rhoda Hogan's $125,000 bequest to Cornell-

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