March 26, 2019

Greenhill Humane Society Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program

Greenhill Humane Society Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program

Greenhill is Selected for Innovative Training Program to Increase Cat Adoptions

Eugene, OR — (March 25, 2019) — Greenhill Humane Society was 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.”

The Cat Pawsitive program was developed by Jackson Galaxy (star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, and founder of JGP) who developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts. It 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.

“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.”

 “We are ecstatic Greenhill was chosen to participate in Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Pawsitive Program! Not only will this training increase their chances of being adopted, it reduces the cats’ stress levels and build connections with our staff, volunteers and eventually future adopters,” said Sasha Elliot, Director of Operations. “23 of our Cat Pawsitive felines have already been adopted and we hope to train as many cats as we can with this initiative.”

Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Four cats currently in the program can be visited at Greenhill Humane Society. To see the cats currently in the shelter or to learn more, visit https://www.green-hill.org.    

About Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations.  Greenhill operates two shelters in Eugene, Oregon, 88530 Green Hill Road and 3970 West 1st Avenue.  We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect

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 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

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