Town Cats of Morgan Hill is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Autumn 2018 Semester of Cat Pawsitive Pro, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to shelter cats. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for shelter cats aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as educate the shelter staff and volunteers on how to implement it.
Jackson Galaxy, star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet and founder of JGP, developed Cat Pawsitive Pro with a team of feline behavior experts. Cats who are exposed to reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive Pro gain confidence, experience reduced stress levels and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters. The program can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter, a feisty cat learn to play nice and an outgoing kitty learn to give an endearing "high five" to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.
Some highlights of the program include: improving cat “adoptability” and feline social skills, particularly for shy or fearful cats and long-term residents, enriching day-to-day life for cats in shelters with physical and mental activity, promoting the human-cat bond, teaching and empowering animal shelter staff and volunteers.
Carrie Seay, a feline behavior expert hand-picked by The JGP, will lead the program for the shelter beginning August 23rd. Throughout the fall, Town Cats staff and volunteers will participate in weekly seminars with Seay and will have direct access to the entire training team for specialized consultations about the cats in their care.
Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Facebook , Twitter and Instagram pages. Learn more about Cat Pawsitive at www.catpawsitive.org.