Ohio Valley humane society to participate in Cat Pawsitive
The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley was selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a program of Greater Good Charities, to participate in the 2022 class of Cat Pawsitive, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive reinforcement-based behavior training and enrichment to shelter cats.
Powered by Petco Love, this innovative training program aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as empower shelter staff and volunteers to maintain and improve cat “mojo.”
Jackson Galaxy, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, and founder of JGP, developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts.
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
Cats who are exposed to the reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive gain confidence, experience reduced stress levels, and build connections with staff, volunteers, and potential adopters.
Cat Pawsitive 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.
“With the 2022 class of Cat Pawsitive, we will surpass 200 shelters and rescues that have participated in the program, an incredible accomplishment for everyone involved, and I am beyond grateful that the life-saving training continues to be a success,” said Galaxy. “In just six years, Cat Pawsitive, which started with only nine shelters, has blossomed into a truly innovative, one-of-a-kind process that has helped thousands of cats find their forever homes, and we are not slowing down anytime soon.”
A JGP feline behavior expert will help lead the program for the selected shelters and rescues until early April.
In addition to their rigorous coursework, throughout the spring, staff and volunteers will participate in deep-dive webinars and will have direct access to the JGP team for consultations about the cats in their care.
“We want to focus on the well-being of our animals with training programs, play groups, enrichment, and more availability for adopters to interact with potential fur-members,” said Karissa Reynolds, shelter executive director. “We also want to focus on our presence in the community.”