Jackson Galaxy Project’s #CatPawsitive program was a success

We were so happy to be selected to participate in the Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program this past Winter/Spring! Developed by Jackson Galaxy (the “Cat Daddy” from Animal Planet’s hit television show, My Cat From Hell) and a team of animal behavior experts, The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive is a mojo-enhancing, positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve adoptability.

Heartland’s Cat Pawsitive training team included 6 dedicated volunteers! We worked with 10 feline students and logged a total of 299 sessions and over 30 hours of training! We were happily surprised to see how quickly our cats learned new behaviors! They learned eye-contact, come, sit, high-five, jump, and touch a target! We even have some of our cats doing agility training! Our feline students enjoy their training sessions. We have seen their personalities blossom and their confidence increase! We were thrilled when three of our harder to adopt cats were adopted into their forever homes during the training! Maven and Sonoma were two of our long-term cats, and Bellatrix is a senior black cat. They are all now happy members in their forever families!

Although the program has officially ended, we are continuing our training and adding new cats as we go! Since the official end of the program, we have seen two additional Cat Pawsitive cats find their loving homes – The Little Prince and Celeste, both had waited a long time for their happy day.

We are so thankful to The Jackson Galaxy Project, Petco Foundation, GreaterGood.org, and Halo Pets for their support! We are looking forward to many more hours of training and enriching our cats’ lives while they wait to find their forever homes!

ADOPTED participants:


Bellatrix Celese

Maven Sonoma

The Little Prince

A big Heartland THANK YOU to The Jackson Galaxy ProjectGreaterGood.org, Halo Pets, and Petco Foundation