C.A.R.E. has been selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Spring 2019 Semester of Cat Pawsitive. This life-saving initiative is designed to keep adoptable shelter cats mentally and physically active using positive-reinforcement training. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo pet food, the training program aims to increase feline adoption rates and maintain cat “mojo.”
Jackson Galaxy, star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts. Program highlights include:
Maintaining cat “adoptability” and feline social skills by enriching shelter cats’ day-to-day lives
Decreasing length of stay at shelter
Engaging and empowering shelter volunteers and staff
Showing potential adopters that cats are cool and can even be trained!
Cat Pawsitive focuses on fun, positive reinforcement-based training sessions that go beyond playtime-as-usual to help cats connect more quickly with potential adopters. From teaching high fives and head bumps to “sit” and “come when called,” caregivers at Cat Pawsitive participating organizations engage with cats in a brand new way to really help cats to “click” with adopters.
“The genesis of Cat Pawsitive stemmed from the simple desire to duplicate the ‘AHA!’ moment I had in the early stages of my life with cats as a shelter worker,” Galaxy said. “By utilizing training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result of lives being saved, was the win-win I envisioned passing on to as many cats, shelters, and rescues as I possibly could. Today I am filled with an indescribable mix of joy and anticipation as we enter the Spring 2019 semester of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program.”
“Any enrichment that can either increase a shy cat's confidence or engage a confident cat’s attention is a wonderful thing. This is also a fun way to get other volunteers even more invested in our cats' wellbeing,” says Diane Moe, the cat volunteer and adoption counselor heading up the Cat Pawsitive program for C.A.R.E. ”We are grateful to the Petco Foundation and to Halo for making this all possible—and of course to Jackson Galaxy.”