Shelter Cats Are Learning To High Five To Increase Their Adoption Chances.
When you high five a friend, a stranger, or a colleague, you often do it in order to praise them by celebrating an accomplishment, such as a job well done. But did you know that this simple gesture wasn't limited to humans? Shelters across America discovered that one of the cutest ways to increase the number of cat adoptions is by teaching them how to high five. We know it sounds a bit odd, but The Jackson Galaxy Project, a charitable project for GreaterGood.org, started this Cat Pawsitive program because they believe that the power of high fives can make all the difference.
Cat Pawsitive has a lot of faith in the power of high fives and they want others to feel the same way.
The program is encouraging shelters throughout the nation to train their felines to high five. If their cats can't seem to get the gist of it, then the shelters teach their pets to jump through hoops... and they mean this literally.
Felines can increase their odds of being adopted by a loving family by learning this basic gesture.
Rescue workers see this as a positive reinforcement training, which will convince potential owners that these felines are fast learners and also great listeners. The technique also shows that these furballs want to connect with humans.
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The time spent at a shelter isn't always easy for pets, but this training is a huge morale booster.
The process allows cats to learn to have fun, which will undoubtedly make them even more attractive to future families. It also decreases the stress levels that are commonly associated with animals living in captivity at a shelter.
It might seem odd but teaching a cat how to high five can help even the shyest animal open up.
While shy cats learn to be more sociable, felines who are a bit more of a challenge because they're super energetic, learn how to be a bit gentler when interacting with humans. In the end, it's all about what's best for the cat.
The Jackson Galaxy Project also teamed up with other companies to turn this into a national event.
With the help of Petco Foundation and Halo pet food, the Jackson Galaxy Project turned a brief period in April, which ended on the 19th, into the first Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Shelter Contest, and a lot of shelters were happy to participate.
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