THE PAW PROJECT is the inspiring film that follows the David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement led by one woman. It is a mission to change laws and protect cats, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing. THE PAW PROJECT shows how the movement began, how it continues to prevail despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations.
Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toes. In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200. per hour – even for very young kittens.
THE PAW PROJECT takes us inside the issue of declawing. Sharing testimony from industry professionals and pet-owners alike, THE PAW PROJECT examines the emotional and physical cost that a cat pays when declawed; and reveals the profit that the procedure generates for veterinary doctors across the nation. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats that are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200.00 per hour – even for very young kittens. Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad wants it stop. While it often puts her at odds with many in her professional field, she continues to lead the struggle.
“I had to reach wider audiences, with this new tool that uncovered truths about declawing. That’s when I decided to make the film.” says Conrad.
Step by step, the film follows Conrad as she refutes representatives from the American Veterinary Association (AVMA), all in her effort to protect the well-being of these felines. THE PAW PROJECT chronicles her journey from pet examinations to legislative hearings, where she urges elected officials to ban declawing in their cities.
THE PAW PROJECT is a documentary written, directed and produced by Dr. Jennifer Conrad. It is her added effort to ensure that everyone is of the dangers of declawing. She hopes that THE PAW PROJECT will be used as a tool to change the nation.
“When people watch this film, I want them to walk out of that theater feeling inspired that they can help end this horrible practice. I want them to feel motivated and capable.” says Conrad.
THE PAW PROJECT will be theatrical released in Fall 2013. It will open in New York on September 27th; special 1 week engagement at the IFC Center. It will open in Los Angeles on October 18th, a 1 week engagement in at the Pasadena Playhouse 7. Additional afternoon screenings will run at Laemmle Santa Monica, scheduled for October 18th and 19th.
THE PAW PROJECT a documentary directed by Jennifer Conrad.
THEATRICAL SCREENING INFO.:
September 27- October 3: New York (IFC Center)
October 18 – 25: Los Angeles (Pasadena Playhouse 7)
October 19 & 20: Santa Monica (Laemmle Monica)