The Jackson Galaxy Project Joins Forces with GreaterGood.org
The Jackson Galaxy Foundation has joined GreaterGood.org. As part of the partnership, The Jackson Galaxy Foundation will now be known as The Jackson Galaxy Project, and will join other initiatives as a GreaterGood.org signature program. Rooted in the goal to better the lives of animals at risk and the people who care for them, the program was founded by Jackson Galaxy, animal advocate, cat expert and host of Animal Planet's show “My Cat From Hell.”
"We began collaborating with Jackson Galaxy about three years ago, to great success," said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. "I am thrilled to officially join forces, and work together to expand his philanthropic endeavors. As part of GreaterGood.org, we'll be able to create even more innovative programs that improve the lives of both people and pets."
As part of the marriage with GreaterGood.org, The Jackson Galaxy Project will work to create pet-friendly domestic violence shelters—something that scarcely exists. This program will retrofit existing shelters to create safe, home-like environments for animals, so people seeking refuge don't have to make the excruciating choice to leave their pet behind. With Galaxy's expertise in the area of pet sheltering and “catification,” pet-friendly shelters can be thoughtfully designed to reduce stress for the relocated pets of victims.
As October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, it is estimated that 52 percent of victims in shelters leave their pets with their batterers according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Even more alarming, 71 percent of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed killed, or threatened their family pet. The fear of leaving a pet behind is so real, that up to 40 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.
"I started working with GreaterGood.org years ago because I admired their ability to help so many animals and people worldwide without compromise,” said Galaxy. “It’s an honor to officially partner with them to help save even more lives. Creating pet friendly domestic violence shelters is an auspicious beginning to what will be an amazing partnership. After all, the team at GreaterGood.org are not just colleagues, they are like-minded friends that I trust to carry my vision into the future.”
Additional programs in The Jackson Galaxy Project include:
- Cat Pawsitive: A clicker training program for shelter cats to increase their chances of getting adopted. Cats exposed to this reward-based training method gain confidence and experience reduced stress. To-date 18 shelters have participated, and 400 cats have graduated the training program.
- The Barry Fund: Created in honor of Jackson and his wife's cat, Barry, the fund provides assistance for cats needing costly medical care. The program has raised close to $10,000 so far, and is currently focused on providing for treatment that cures sheltered cats with Hyperthyroidism.
"We now have the ability to make a much greater impact, while maintaining the same beliefs and passions—a foundation that will make a profound difference for the animals we care about and the humans who care for those animals," Galaxy said.