‘Cat Pawsitive’ will help cats get adopted

MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound has been selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project 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. This innovative training program for cats aims to increase feline adoption rates and maintain cat “mojo.”
Jackson Galaxy 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 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.

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