Louisiana’s Big Sky Ranch Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program
(New Orleans) June 26, 2018 – Big Sky Ranch/CATNIP Foundation is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Summer 2018 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 and shelters and rescues as I possibly could. So today I am filled with an indescribable mix of joy and anticipation as we enter the Summer 2018 session 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 thrilled to take part in the Cat Pawsitive program. At Big Sky, we’re always looking for innovative ways to help cats in our area find their best personality because we know this will help them find their forever homes. We have some truly special cats and kittens in our care, and we hope that this program will help them shine in new ways,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director of Big Sky, Dr. Catherine Wilbert.
About Big Sky Ranch: Founders Dr. Catherine Wilbert and Sharon Schluter started Big Sky Ranch with a mission to increase community consciousness about wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet, eventually leading to the end of animal shelters. Big Sky Ranch is a nonprofit that works without agenda, seeking to improve the lives of animals and people through enhanced community cooperation and education. The ranch’s primary service is animal rescue and adoption, but it also offers seminars, retreats, camps and events to support its mission and increase awareness surrounding the issues its seeks to solve. For more information or to get involved, visit www.bigskyranch.org or the organization’s Facebook page (@BigSkyRanch).
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.
About GreaterGood.org: 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 10 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $100 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.
About The Petco Foundation: At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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