This is a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to cats in shelters and rescues. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for cats aims to increase feline adoption rates and maintain cat “mojo.”
Jackson Galaxy (star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, and founder of JGP) developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts. Highlights of the program include:
- Maintaining cat adoptability and feline social skills by enriching cats’ day-to-day lives
- Increasing adoptions
- Decreasing length of stay
- Engaging and empowering volunteers and staff
- Showing potential adopters that cats are cool and can even be trained!
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,” said Jackson Galaxy. “By utilizing the training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs in our care, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result, lives being saved, was the win-win I envisioned passing on to as many cats, shelters, and rescues as I possibly could. So 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.
The Cat Pawsitive program is designed to keep adoptable cats mentally and physically active in a shelter or rescue environment. The focus is on fun, positive reinforcement-based training sessions that go beyond playtime-as-usual to help cats maintain their mojo and 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.
We are all really excited about participating! Clicker training is one of the techniques we use to enrich our kitties during their stay at Happy Cats. We look forward to learning more and spreading the word about what an important tool this is for getting homeless kitties adopted!
Meet our Clicker Team: Genesis Reyes-Martin, Andrea Jones, Ben Van Til, Liana LaCroix, Kira Anderson, their fearless leader Maria Williams and equally fearless test cat Leo!
And headbonks to photographer Susi Holmes for documenting our progress with her wonderful photos!