It’s That Time of Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Toys are being carefully chosen, packages are being wrapped, and sounds of laughter and clickers fill the air… That’s right, it’s Cat Pawsitive season! 

Simply-Cats-IMG_8183.jpgPhoto courtesy of Simply Cats

Over the past several weeks, every nook and cranny of space at The JGP offices has been filling up with supplies for the rollout of our 2020 Cat Pawsitive and Cat Pawsitive Pro programs. Training clickers, treat aprons, cat toys, and various other tools of lifesaving transformation are piled up to the ceiling! Now we’ve made our list and are checking it twice as we prepare to send out some special care packages to the nearly 70 shelters who will be part of the largest class in Cat Pawsitive history!


With support from our sponsor, Petco Foundation, and from generous supporters like you, every year Cat Pawsitive is making its way into the hands of more and more dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to making a major difference in the lives of the cats in their care.

Scores of shelters and rescues applied to be part of Cat Pawsitive, and we are proud to announce the following confirmed members of the 2020 class: 

  • Animal Welfare Department, Albuquerque, NM
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA, West Chester, PA
  • East Bay SPCA, Oakland, CA
  • Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook, IL
  • Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Woodinville, WA
  • Humane Animal Rescue, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Liberty Humane Society, Jersey City, NJ
  • Maryland SPCA, Baltimore, MD
  • Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop, Los Angeles, CA
  • Monmouth County SPCA, Eatontown, NJ
  • Mountain Humane, Hailey, ID
  • Nashville Humane Association, Nashville, TN
  • Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Oshkosh, WI
  • Rescue Village, Russell Township, OH


  • A.R.F.-Animal Rescue Foundation, Bolingbrook, IL
  • Animal Adoptions of Flamborough, Freelton, Ontario (Canada)
  • Animal Rescue Foundation of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Birdsboro, PA
  • Ashe Humane Society, Jefferson, NC
  • Austin Animal Center, Austin, TX
  • Boone Area Humane Society, Boone, IA
  • Carroll County Animal Services, Carrollton, GA
  • Cenla Cat Project, Pineville, LA
  • Chenango County SPCA, Norwich, NY
  • City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control, Bloomington, IN
  • Clermont Animal CARE, Batavia, OH
  • DuPage County Animal Services, Wheaton, IL
  • Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Fairfax, VA
  • Florence Lauderdale Animal Services, Florence, AL
  • Frederick County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center, Frederick , MD
  • Friends of League City Animal Shelter, League City, TX
  • Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter , Palm Springs, CA
  • Good Mews, Marietta, GA
  • Heartland Humane Society , Corvallis, OR
  • Hill Country SPCA, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, Tampa, FL
  • Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, Blackwood, NJ
  • Humane Society of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL
  • Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Truckee, CA
  • Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, Vero Beach, FL
  • Kentucky Humane Society, Louisville, KY
  • Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control, Nashville, TN
  • New Hampshire SPCA, Stratham, NH
  • New River Humane Society, Fayetteville, WV
  • One Love Animal Rescue, Savannah, GA
  • Operation Kindness, Carrollton, TX
  • Orange County Animal Services, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Oregon Humane Society, Portland, OR
  • Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Pasadena, CA
  • PAWS Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Pensacola Humane Society, Pensacola, FL
  • Pets & People Humane Society Inc, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Protectors of Animals, Inc., East Hartford, CT
  • Quincy Humane Society, Quincy, IL
  • Safe Animal Shelter, Middleburg, FL
  • Santa Rosa County Animal Services, Milton, FL
  • SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, Skillman, NJ
  • Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, Roseburg, OR
  • Southeast Volusia Humane Society, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • Sparkle Cat Rescue, Burlington, NC
  • SPCA Florida, Lakeland, FL
  • The Animal Shelter Society, Inc., Zanesville, OH
  • Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Wenatchee, WA
  • West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Washougal, WA
  • Whis-Purr Rescue, Inc., Redwood City, CA
  • Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, Georgetown, TX


As you can imagine, big life changes can lead to cats losing their mojo, their confidence, their essential “catitude.” When suddenly faced with a noisy shelter or an unfamiliar foster home, even the most outgoing and friendly cats can become nervous, shut down or even just bored. This can make them seem less “adoptable.”

The Jackson Galaxy Project’s 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.

Photo courtesy of Bigg Mugg Photography

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 enhance the human-animal bond, encourage interaction, and maintain adoptability. Behaviors learned in Cat Pawsitive can really help cats to “click” with adopters.

Cat Pawsitive organizations come in all shapes and sizes, from small, foster-based rescues to large, open-admission shelters. The goals are the same for all:

  • Enriching day-to-day life for adoptable cats
  • Increasing adoptions
  • Decreasing length of stay
  • Engaging and empowering volunteers and staff
  • Showing potential adopters that cats are cool and can even be trained!

Photo courtesy of Wood County Humane Society
Cat Pawsitive’s 2020 classes will begin in January, and we’ll have lots of amazing stories for you once training gets going in earnest. Check back here to learn more about the participating shelters, and all of the wonderful work they’re doing with their Cat Pawsitive cats!
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