These days, there seems to be a  designated day for just about everything. Did you know that April 19 is National High-Five Day? The Jackson Galaxy Project, a Signature Program of, has found a way to turn this rather silly “holiday” into something that is going to help cats with its Cat Pawsitive Initiative., is partnering with the Petco Foundation, and Halo® pet food, to introduce the first annual Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Shelter Contest.

Cat Pawsitive focuses on improving the lives of shelter cats by introducing positive-reinforcement training to shelters. The program aims to improve adoptability by reducing stress for cats in shelters and  enriching their day to day lives, building social skills, and promoting the human-cat bond.

From April 2 until National High-five Day on April 19, animal shelter staff and volunteers, along with the public, will be invited to share their most creative feline high-five photos and videos on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CatPawsitive, tagging @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @HaloPets.


Why high-five?

Cats who are exposed to reward-based training methods gain confidence, experience reduced stress level and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters. The program can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter. A feisty cat can learn to play nice, and particularly outgoing cats can learn to give an endearing “high five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.

Do you want to train your own cat to high-five?

Download step-by-step instructions to teach the “feline high-five.”

After the end of the contest, applications will open for shelters to apply for the expanded 2018 Cat Pawsitive program. Selected groups will be taught training techniques for cats in their shelters to improve engagement, awareness, and adoptability.

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4 Comments on Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Contest

  1. This is awesome! I love the creativity and the attention it will bring to cats! many people don’t believe they can’t learn tricks, but they can

  2. That top photo is of a cat named Flicker from PAWS. I’m fairly sure I took it and that’s my co-worker’s hand. 🙂

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