SPCA Albrecht Center teaches "pawsitive" reinforcement to adoptable cats!

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Friday, March 15, 2019
News 12 This Morning

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The SPCA Albrecht Center is welcoming their 2019 class of Cat Pawsitive, a program helping kitties to get their essential cat-itude.

The program is teaching cats what the folks at the Albrecht Center like to call, "pawsitive reinforcement."

"We work to master as many behaviors as we can and mastering means that they can do a technique five or ten times on cue," SPCA Development Director Claire Grimes told us.

The lifesaving program was created by the Jackson Galaxy project. The Albrecht Center is one of the 66 shelters across the nation selected to participate in the program.

"They give a grant out to different shelters around the United States and we applied and we got it so now we are teaching our cats different behaviors to help boost their adoptability factor and build their confidence," Claire said.

The instructors are teaching capturing, targeting, and luring techniques, and they say it's not an easy task. But this is week number nine and they are already seeing results.

"It's a bit of a learning curve, I think. We have one cat that is special needs that is a part of the program who is doing amazing. Sometimes it does take her a little longer to pick up on the ques and we have different online modules that we do every few months because they're different ways to train the cat."

The best part is that some of their cats have already found a home.

"We're really excited about the program we have four cats that have been adopted that were a part of the program and one was transferred yesterday to a different shelter," Claire said.

Currently, there are six cats in the program. Once a cat completes the twelve-week program, a trainer can go on to another cat.