Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is Selected for Innovative Training Program to Increase Cat Adoptions
(Ottawa, KS, 01.31.2019)— Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Spring 2019 Semester of Cat Pawsitive, 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 so excited to be chosen to participate in “The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program.” Cats often get bored or frustrated being kept at shelters while awaiting their forever homes. We love that we are going to learn more tools like clicker training to keep them active, happy and stimulated in addition to helping them be more desirable for adoption.” – Melissa Reed, Executive Director, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
ABOUT Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private, no kill, 501 (c)(3), non-profit shelter, founded over 70 years ago by Beatrice Martin Peck. Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s Mission Statement is to provide compassionate care and placement for animals in need.
About The Jackson Galaxy Project
The Jackson Galaxy Project, founded in 2014, is a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Project is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of improving the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them.
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 11 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $175 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide. To learn more, visit GreaterGood.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.