Put your paws up, y’all!

Meghan Overdeep
April 10, 2018
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Thanks to Animal Planet’s favorite cat guru, Jackson Galaxy, it’s now easier than ever to give back to your favorite local animal shelter. All you have to do is snap a picture of yourself giving your feline a high five. Seriously.

Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program, GreaterGood.org, the Petco Foundation, and Halo pet food are teaming up for the first annual Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Shelter Contest. From now through National High-five Day on April 19, cat lovers are invited to share their feline high-five photos and videos on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #CatPawsitive, tagging @TheJacksonGalaxyProject and @HaloPets.

The organizations running the contest will pick out their favorite posts and select them for a chance to win a $5,000 grant and 10,000 free bowls of organic pet food for their local animal shelter.

“The genesis of Cat Pawsitive stemmed from the simple desire to duplicate the “AHA!” moment I had in the early stages of my life with cats as a shelter worker,” Galaxy said in a statement. “By utilizing the training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs in our care, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result, lives being saved, was the win-win. We are thrilled to launch the first-ever Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day to promote adoption and help generate awareness about the program.”

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Wondering how you’re going to convince your feline friend to participate? Fear not. Cat Pawsitive has published free downloadable instructions on how to teach your cat to high-five.