Jackson Galaxy Project and Cat Pawsitive Program
Developed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behavior experts, The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive is a mojo-enhancing, positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve adoptability. By utilizing positive, reward-based Cat Pawsitive training, a shelter volunteer or staff member can reduce the stresses that might keep a cat from connecting with an adopter. LCAS was accepted into the program Winter of 2019. To join our Cat Pawsitive Team, apply to become a Feline Friend volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
Barn Cat Program
Our goal is to find a home for every animal that comes our way. The Barn Cat Program pairs feral cats with cat lovers who have an interest in adopting a cat that is not suitable to be an indoor house cat. Their new home allows them to "work" by controlling the rodent population on their property.
We use the term ‘Barn Cat’ largely symbolically. While we do place the greatest percentage of our cats on rural farm properties, there are an infinite number of other locations that are suitable and interested in adopting barn cats:
- Auto Repair shops
- Woodworking shops
- Grain handling facilities
- Greenhouses/Nurseries/Garden Centers
- Storage facilities
The cats in this program are feral cats that are healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, and have been microchipped. If you do not have another barn cat, we encourage you to consider adopting a pair. People who adopt through the Barn Cat Program are providing these animals shelter, food, water, and a chance to use their natural instincts to hunt. If you are interested, please fill out the Barn Cat Program Form.
Dog Behavior Program
Canine Good Citizenship Ready Program
The Canine Good Citizenship Ready Program was created by Austin Pets Alive in 2012. Its goal was to enrich the lives of dogs who face societal stereotypes of being behaviorally challenged and show that they can make great additions to a family. It has been wildly successful in meeting its goal while shortening the length of stay for those dogs. The program teaches eligible dogs the ten tests of the Canine Good Citizens AKC program, which equips dogs with the tools and confidence to behave appropriately out in the world. LCAS has adopted this program to help our most needed dogs in the shelter. To join our CGC Ready Team, apply to become a Canine Companion volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
TOP (Total Obedience Program) Dogs
In addition to our CGC Ready Program LCAS has implemented the TOP (Total Obedience Program) Dog Program. Also created by Austin Pets Alive’s Behavior Team, this program works similar skills to the ten CGC real-world tests but also include additional skills based on the needs of the dog. Just like the CGC Program, TOP Dog is volunteer-based. However, it is geared towards the dogs in our shelter that might not qualify for CGC, but will benefit from a foundation of individualized obedience training prior to adoption. To join our TOP Dog Team apply to become a Canine Companion volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
Got Skillz Program
The Got Skillz program works hand in hand with both CGC and the TOP Dog programs. This program is a jump start for our easy-going dogs and newer LCAS canine volunteers. By starting with the basic foundation of dog training, volunteers become more comfortable with the concept of dog training while simultaneously helping all of our shelter dogs find homes. To join our Got Skillz Team apply to become a Canine Companion volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
Dogs Playing for Life
Dogs Playing for Life™, founded by Aimee Sadler, is an acclaimed training program for shelter dogs featuring canine play groups. Introduced to over 55 shelters across the US and Canada, this program utilizes play groups as an assessment, enrichment, training and adoption enhancement tool that helps shelters save lives! To join our Dogs Playing for Life Team apply to become a Canine Companion volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
Canine Scent Work
Scent Work is a positive, challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their strongest natural sense in a way that’s fun, engaging, and that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog. LCAS uses scent work for our bored or frustrated dogs who needs more mental activity while waiting to be adopted. “Allowing the dog to work independently, problem-solve and build perseverance with minimal human interference can really build the dog’s confidence.” – Jill Marie O’Brian, co-founder K9 Nose Work. To join our Scent Work Team, apply to become a Canine Companion volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
Short Term Fostering Programs
Home for the Holidays
This program allows a shelter pet to experience a caring foster family for the holidays. The shelter will supply the foster family with everything needed to care for your foster pet and will work with you to match a pet to your family and lifestyle. There is no long-term obligation, but it is a rewarding experience for both your family and the pet.
Having a positive experience will make your shelter pet more adoptable and give us more information about the pet's personality in a family setting. We have a pet that will fit right into any size home Once your pet is returned to the shelter, we will keep you updated on "your" pet's progress and let you know when it finds a forever home.
The Home for the Holidays Program starts anytime the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. We will provide food, bowls, a bed, crate, collar and leash. If you are interested, please fill out the Home for the Holidays Program Form.
Dog Day Getaway
Dog Day Getaway encourages people to take dogs from local shelters on short outings and field trips in the community. Common Dog Day Getaways can include a hike, a trip to a beach or lake, a sleepover in a home or even a nice dinner in a pet friendly restaurant. These outings help shelter dogs manage kennel stress, burn off energy and get more exposure in their communities. This program was based on the Doggy Day Out program created by Mutual Rescue. To participate in LCAS’s Dog Day Getaway Program stop by the shelter during business hours or call the shelter at 281-554-1377.
Community Outreach Programs
Friendly Paw Program
Bring a smile to a Senior's face and brighten their day by allowing them to touch and love a dog or cat from the League City Animal Shelter. People who own pets benefit from the love and companionship but seniors in a nursing home or memory care unit miss out on this benefit.
Once a month we take friendly dogs and cats to Autumn Leaves in Clear Lake City. We would like to expand this program into more facilities. All we need is people who care. Volunteers meet at the shelter to transport friendly dogs and cats to visit with the residents. Currently, we visit Autumn Leaves in Clear Lake every fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:15 am.
Pets greatly improve the health of seniors by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity. Help us help our community and those who can’t own pets but benefit mentally and physically from the companionship. To join our Friendly Paw Team, apply to become a Community Outreach volunteer by filling out the Volunteer Application.
LCAS’s Pet University is an interactive, educational program about specific subjects in animal welfare. This may include the importance of adopting, spay/neuter, animal husbandry, and much more. The program can be tailored to the audience’s age level and interests and are valuable to all audiences, including friends, families, schools, clubs, home school groups, and community organizations. For more information, please fill out this Group Interest Form.
LCAS and Animal Alliance of Galveston County have partnered up to create a program that provides low-income families spay and neuter services. This includes a rabies vaccine and a microchip with each surgery. For more information about this program, email Animal Control.