Lori Shepler, photographer & City The Kitty mom

Lori Shepler—an award-winning former Los Angeles Times photographer who now presides over CityTheKitty.com, among the most informative and influential websites dealing with feline declaw surgery–traces that unlikely path. e282b033c3a87bd529af17b2fe175a5f_originalShepler recalls how the cat who later became known as City the Kitty entered her life, and how when she began photographing City, there was something unusual about the way he reacted to—embraced–the shoots. Not coincidentally, perhaps, Shepler explains when she started a Facebook page featuring those City photos, it generated tremendous response—the beginning of his becoming a social media sensation. That Facebook page, she notes, was indirectly responsible for triggering her interest in declaw. Shepler describes what the declaw procedure really involves—amputation—and the ill affects that cats experience afterwards, often for the rest of their lives. She outlines the pending legislation in four states—New York, New Jersey, West Virginia and Rhode Island—moving toward BookFinalCoveroutlawing declaw, and noting some of the political machinations that have slowed progress…particularly the efforts of veterinary medical associations. Shepler points out why these entities are so fiercely opposed to such legislation (primarily, for many veterinarians, performing declaw surgery constitutes a lucrative facet of their practices.) She touches on City’s new book, entitled fittingly enough, “City The Kitty,” which features a foreword by veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project. (www.citythekitty.com, www.facebook.com/citythekitty/)

COMEDY CORNER: Daniel Sloss’ “Gay Penguins” (http://danielsloss.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Neko Case’s “I’m An Animals,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: R.E.M’s “Wolves, Lower”


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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

One Reply to Lori Shepler, photographer & City The Kitty mom

  1. Linda Porter says:

    Thanks to social media, America is finally being exposed to an animal cruelty that is being perpetuated daily by the same hands that were trained to heal. It’s time to join the civilized world and ban declawing in the United States. It is never okay to amputate a cat’s toes. NEVER!

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