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! SCROLL BELOW to see our cats in action! 

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:


5.13.19

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Wildflower and everyone at Dogs & Cats Forever says thank you to Jackson Galaxy Foundation for allowing as to participate in the Spring 2019 Cat Pawsitive Program. In all, 20 cats were clicker trained during the program which ended on April 12 and many more will continue to be trained throughout the next year. It was fun for the cats and their humans alike… Now our Cat Pawsitive graduates are ready to go home!
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


4.12.19

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Pawsitively amazing!
Congrats to Aaron for finding his dream home. Aaron came to us as an eight-week-old who had been hit by a car . He had a broken pelvis and nerve damage to his front left leg. Despite everything when he was feeling better, he saw the other cats being clicker-trained and wanted to join the fun. He loves running through the hoop and even would give a high-five lying down. Sadly, his leg had to be amputated but we’re sure it will not slow him down at all. Have a great life Aaron!
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


4.11.19

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Pawsitively the best!
Congrats to Wildflower one of our Cat Pawsitive clicker trained beauties. At the age of 6 Wildflower learned many new behaviors like hi-5, sit pretty, and jump through a hoop. Now she has what every cat dreams of… a loving family.
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


3.29.19

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Meet Moo Shoo- King of the Head Bump. This handsome 5 year old is one of our clicker trained cats through Jackson Galaxy’s Cats Pawsitive program. He knows several commands besides head bumping… like coming when called and agility hoop jumping. What he really wants to do, however, is be your one-and-only cat, sit in your lap, and snuggle. Meet Moo Shoo today and take him home!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


3.14.19

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Moo Shoo is learning to High-5. He already knows “sit” and “head bump,” and is one of our smart new clicker trainees through Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Pawsitive program. Meet this smart boy and take him home!
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


3.1.19

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CONGRATULATIONS BARNEY!!
In only three weeks Barney learned how to sit, high five, come when called, and jump through a hoop.
More importantly, he got what every cat dreams of… A loving family. Love you, Barney… have a great life.
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


2.25.19

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Congratulations to Rudy our first adopted Cat Pawsitive cat! One of our first clicker trainees smart Rudy quickly learned to sit on command. Have a great life Rudy!
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


2.22.19

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Pawsitively the best!
Barney just perfected his hoop jump. He is an expert at sitting, coming when called, hoop jump and high five. More importantly he will sit in your lap and love you forever. He’s ready for a new home. Are you ready for him?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


2.17.19

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Smart cat! Cat Pawsitive trainee Barney sits on command and is working hard on hi-5 and hoop jump. He loves his training sessions and always wants to do more. He’s a lap cat who’s ready to love you forever.
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


2.14.19

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Wildflower is a Cat Pawsitive Cat. A clicker- training standout, Wildflower has mastered “Spin” and “Sit” and is working on the Head Bump and High Five. She’s hoping to meet her forever family soon.
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.


2.13.19

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Pawsitively the best!
Cat Pawsitive trainee Barney waits for his command to “Sit.” Barney is the first to master a behavior in the Cat Pawsitive program. Now this super smart boy ready to learn more -and find a forever home.
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.


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