Cat Pawsitive – Jackson Galaxy Project

We are very excited to announce that our shelter was selected to participate in “Cat Pawsitive” – an initiative of the Jackson Galaxy Project. Read below to learn about what that means for our cats. Scroll to the bottom of the page for updates on our training!

In his hit TV show, “My Cat From Hell,” our founder, the Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy, has shown us that a mentally stimulated, active cat is a much more happy cat. In a shelter environment, behavior enrichment and physical activity can also make that cat a much more easily adoptable cat. And adoptability saves lives.

Shelters can often be overwhelming places for cats. The sights, loud sounds and strange smells can make even the most outgoing, active cat become nervous and shut down. For cats who already tend to be shy, the stress of their shelter surroundings can make them hide under blankets and in the corners of cages to avoid contact with anyone who approaches. Stress can also lead to illness such as upper respiratory infection. All of these things can contribute to making a cat seem less “adoptable.”

Cat Pawsitive was created to help keep that from happening.

Developed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behavior experts, The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive is a mojo-enhancing, positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve adoptability.

By utilizing positive, reward-based Cat Pawsitive training, a shelter volunteer or staff member can reduce the stresses that might keep a cat from connecting with an adopter. With clicker training that positively reinforces good behaviors, a shy cat can learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet a potential pet parent, a feisty cat can learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty can even learn to give an endearing “high five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal. Cats gain confidence and get mental and physical stimulation through their clicker training sessions, and soon they are building connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters.

Ranging from small, limited-admission private shelters to large, open-admission municipal shelters, the common goals of these organizations are:

  • Increasing the adoptability of cats in their shelters
  • Keeping cats in the shelter engaged, behaviorally and physically active
  • Empowering and inspiring shelter staff and volunteers through increased knowledge
  • Showing people in and out of the shelter that cats can be taught using positive reinforcement training methods
  • Raising the public profile of shelter cats and the great work being done at Cat Pawsitive shelters

source: http://www.thejacksongalaxyproject.org/About-Us/Programs/Cat-Pawsitive

Recent Posts from Dogs & Cats Forever:


2.10.19

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Smart Cat! Cat Pawsitive Trainee Brit loves to practice his high fives with Team Member Jess Tyson.
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.


1.30.19

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Chance says, “Only a few more days until I start my clicker training and get some of these yummy Halo treats.”
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.org


1.25.19

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Brit says “I’m actually looking forward to to clicker training… But don’t tell anybody. I’m trying to maintain my bad boy persona.”
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.


1.22.2019

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Bam says, “I’m so smart I could teach clicker training to the other cats in my class (if I had thumbs).”
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.org


1.21.2019 

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Minerva says, “I’m the smartest one in my Cat Pawsitive clicker training class. Do you think Jackson Galaxy would like my autograph?”
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.org


1.20.2019

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Wildflower says ,”I’m so excited to be one of the cats chosen to be clicker trained. I hope one of the commands is ‘Eat!'”
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.org


1.18.2019

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Riptide can’t wait to start his clicker training and earn some of those yummy Halo Treats!
Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation and @www.GreaterGood.org


1.18.2019

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Pawsitively Fabulous! Dogs & Cats Forever cats will be participating this spring in Jackson Galaxy’s pet project-Cat Pawsitive.
Through clicker training and positive reinforcement our cats will become more confident and more adoptable. Thanks to Petco Foundation and Halo Pets for sponsoring Cat Pawsitive at The JGP/GreaterGood.org
#CatPawsitive and @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @ GreaterGoodOrg and @HaloPets and @PetcoFoundation
@www.GreaterGood.org