"CAT"astrophe: Good, Bad and Ugly of Internet Cats
Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
The Internet has an insatiable appetite for cats like Grumpy Cat and Lil’ Bub. Unfortunately, the virtual popularity of cats hasn’t translated into more real adoptions. Of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter U.S. animal shelters each year, about 4 million are euthanized. Sadly, cats are more likely to be euthanized than dogs. Cat behavorist and TV host Jackson Galaxy and Bryan Kortis, author and TNR expert for PetSmart Charities, will discuss new data and reasons why cats, despite their Internet popularity, don’t get the same respect as dogs. Cats don’t visit the veterinarian as often as dogs, and cats who become lost are much less likely to be reunited with their owners. We need to change this attitude because let’s face it; cats don’t really have eight more lives to live. We'll ask for your ideas on how to take the obsession and fascination we have for Internet cats, use the power of social media and advocate for change so that more lives are saved.
Bryan Kortis, program manager for PetSmart Charities and leader in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs across North America which have greatly reduced the feral cat population in cities like Albuquerque and Baltimore.
Television Host & Cat Behaviorist
A cat behaviorist by day and rock ‘n’ roller by night, Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, challenges the traditional cat lover persona with his tattoo clad arms and guitar ca...Show the rest
A cat behaviorist by day and rock ‘n’ roller by night, Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, challenges the traditional cat lover persona with his tattoo clad arms and guitar case filled with cat toys. With over 15 years of experience working with animals, Jackson has dedicated his career to promoting a compassionate world for all animals and is working towards his ultimate goal of instilling a “no-kill” policy in shelters throughout the country.
In My Cat from Hell, in its 5th season, Jackson goes from home to home, helping individuals whose “out of control” cats are turning their lives and homes upside down. Jackson’s community can also tune in to his Youtube channel every Monday to see his new online series, Cat Mojo with Jackson Galaxy (www.youtube.com/jacksongalaxy). Jackson knew long ago that he had a deep understanding of animal behavior and a gift for enlightening people on how to identify with their pet’s actions. With his repertoire of holistic remedies and techniques like the “Cat I Love You,” Jackson can connect with even the most out of control feline and help strengthen the bond between pet and owner.Hide the rest