THE JACKSON GALAXY PROJECT

THE JACKSON GALAXY PROJECT

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Improving Cat Adoptability

The Jackson Galaxy Project is a program of Greater Good Charities that seeks to improve the lives of cats at risk and help the people who care for them through innovative initiatives that educate, inspire, and empower staff, rescuers, and adopters.

36,595
Training Sessions with Shelters
5,300
Hours of Cat Behavior Training
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Shelters Trained
2,500+
Shelter Staff Trained
40,000+
Training Sessions/Workshops
350+
Shelters Helped
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Greater Good Charities is proud to meet the 17 goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. Learn more about each goal and how programs like The Jackson Galaxy Project is transforming the world.

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Our history

The Jackson Galaxy Project was founded in 2014 by Jackson Galaxy, a New York Times bestselling author, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert, and longtime host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.”  

Jackson Galaxy found his way into animal welfare the way that most people do: part chance, part fate, part destiny. During his journey that started as an entry-level shelter worker, Jackson questioned, observed, and learned. He saw what worked, what wasn’t working, and created new solutions. Jackson developed a vision to help cats through innovation and collaboration. Now that vision is a reality through The Jackson Galaxy Project. 

To date, The Jackson Galaxy Project has helped over 350 animal welfare organizations across the country while educating shelter staff and volunteers through more than 40,000 training sessions and workshops to help improve the well-being for thousands of cats.  

Additionally, Jackson Amplifies the Good as a member of the Greater Good Charities Board. 

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our approach

The Jackson Galaxy Project believes that understanding cats at a fundamental level, from their history and evolution to their body language and the ways they communicate, will help shelter staff and volunteers work more effectively with the cats in their care, resulting in happier cats and more adoptions to celebrate. 

Cat Pawsitive 360, an initiative of The Jackson Galaxy Project, takes a 360-degree view of the feline experience on everything from behavioral models to environmental enrichment so that more lives will be saved, and the well-being of cats will be improved both in and out of the shelter. This initiative allows each cat to be recognized as a unique individual and emphasizes the importance of supporting feline caregivers in the shelter and in the home with empowering tools and resources.  

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“We are thrilled to introduce Cat Pawsitive 360 to animal welfare organizations across the country. The Jackson Galaxy Project recognizes each cat in an animal shelter or a rescue’s care, and each cat in the communities we serve, as a unique individual. We also understand that each individual is part of the evolution of a distinct species who deserves their own voice and framework for teaching. By uniting these two approaches, we take a 360-degree view of the feline experience on everything from behavioral models to environmental enrichment in order to save more lives and improve the well-being of cats both in and out of the shelter."

Jackson Galaxy
New York Times bestselling author, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert, longtime host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and founder of The Jackson Galaxy Project, a program of Greater Good Charities

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what is cat pawsitive 360?
Cat Pawsitive 360, an initiative of Greater Good Charities’ Jackson Galaxy Project, is a 360-degree view of the feline experience on everything from behavioral models to environmental enrichment so that more lives will be saved, and the well-being of cats will be improved both in and out of the shelter.
how does Cat Pawsitive 360 work?

Cat Pawsitive 360 is designed to provide animal shelters and those who care for cats with a common language and understanding of this unique species who are typically overlooked in the shelter or at home when it comes to meeting their needs.

During 2023 Cat Pawsitive 360 will host workshops, led by Jackson Galaxy, across the country to engage and immerse animal welfare representatives in a wide range of sheltering topics approached from a cat-centric point of view. Topics will include feline body language and communication, pathway planning, feline behavior challenges and adoption counseling. 

Cat Pawsitive 360 also educates shelter staff and volunteers to help provide the best resources and tools to help pets parents navigate common feline challenges to help keep their cats in their home.

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See the initiative In Action

Torque arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County and wouldn’t come out of hiding for anyone. The shelter was determined to help her gain confidence and put her into Cat Pawsitive 360 training. It took time, but she slowly started to trust shelter staff and was able to eat treats from their hands. As time went on, Torque was feeling more confident than ever and put trust in people to stay out of hiding and give more contact behaviors. As a result, Torque was ready for a new place to call home!

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cats are unique individuals

Historically, unlike dogs, cats are seen as not needing high levels of enrichment, pathway planning, or behavior work. But all those things are important for cats to thrive in a home or shelter.  

Cat Pawsitive 360 recognizes that cats are unique individuals and each one needs to be treated as such to be successful in a shelter or in a home. Additionally, we believe a shared understanding, and a common language are vital during a cat’s journey in an animal shelter from intake to cleaning kennels to behavior and veterinary care to marketing for adoption.  

For us to help cats we need to empower their caregivers in the shelter and in the home by providing them with the tools and resources that lead to more cats being adopted and more cats staying in their loving home.

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Pawsitivity at Home

Check out our Cat Pawsitive At Home training videos! Create a special bond with your kitty by learning something new together.

Cat Behavior Tips

Having litter box issues? Problems with aggression? We have solutions.

CAT MOJO
What the heck is cat mojo and what makes a cat tick?

YOUR CAT'S DIET AND THE IMPACT OF FOOD ON HEALTH
(Always consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat’s diet.)
Jackson talks about your cat's diet
Here's what Jackson thinks about free-feeding
One-Page Guides from Feline Nutrition Foundation
Need help managing my cat's diabetes? Check out: Diabetic Cats in Need (DCIN)

TRAINING YOUR CAT
Best and worst ways to train your cat (HINT: NO squirt gun!)
My cat won't let me sleep at night! What should I do?
Get the details on JGP's Cat Pawsitive initiative

SPAY/NEUTER
Importance of spay/neuter

ADOPTION
First time adoption
Before you get a kitten
Cat-to-dog introductions
Cat-to-cat introductions

DECLAWING AND DESTRUCTION CLAWING
Jackson does not support declawing. Jackson supports all of the humane ways you can allow a cat to be a cat without sacrificing his claws.
Learn more about declawing at The Paw Project
Help! My cat is ruining my furniture with his scratching!
Why do I need to trim my cat's claws?
How do I trim my cat's claws?

CAT AGGRESSION/BULLYING
Aggression in cats
Why is my cat randomly attacking me? (Pet-induced aggression)

PLAYING WITH YOUR CAT
The importance of playtime for cats
How to properly play with your cat

LITTER BOX ISSUES
Are my cats sending messages when they pee outside of the box?
Benefits of natural litter
Picking the right litter
Cat Attract Litter (useful for kittens learning to just use a litter box and for helping adult cats re-learn to use it)

COMPASSION FATIGUE
Information about compassion fatigue
Compassion fatigue in animal shelters
Help for compassion fatigue

CATIOS
What is a catio?
Building a catio

ALL SORTS OF JACKSON GALAXY VIDEOS ABOUT CAT BEHAVIOR
Do you find yourself saying "I want to watch tons of Jackson videos about cat behavior"?
Check out the Cat Mojo Channel!

My Cat From Hell

Before he was the Cat Daddy on Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell, Jackson Galaxy became aware of the harsh reality for homeless animals while working in an animal shelter. It was there he started the journey to cat behaviorist and animal advocate. Some of Jackson’s favorite episodes take him back into shelters to help rescue cats.

We want you to know:

  • The JGP is not able to respond to questions on animal behavior. We recommend that you go to the website for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and search for a qualified Behaviorist in your area to help: iaabc.org.
For Shelters: TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) Tips

Learn about TNR and prepare for common issues that you might see while implementing a TNR program for your community cats. Whether you’re looking for a step-by- step guide to TNR or need some of field-tested tips and tricks, you'll find it here!