Animal Planet Star Jackson Galaxy Launches Foundation, Teams with Wellness Pet Food for $20,000 Donation to Shelter Pets

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy recently launched The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit created to better the lives of shelter animals. While Galaxy works primarily with cats, his foundation will benefit all shelter pets.

"My work with the Humane Society made me aware of the harsh realities of pet overpopulation," said Galaxy. "I believe that no animal should die waiting for a home, so the ultimate goal of our organization is to help save the 4 million animals that die in shelters each year."

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation plans to accomplish this mission by working closely with animal shelters, enhancing shelter design and construction while educating staff and adopters on animal behavior—improvements Galaxy believes will lead to higher adoption rates. Additionally, the organization will award shelters with monetary and food grants for immediate support.

The foundation's first major effort comes just in time for the holidays, with the help of Wellness Natural Pet Food. The Massachusetts-based company is providing natural dog and cat food, valued at over $20,000, for the foundation to grant to shelters with a critical need. Wellness will also provide a monetary donation to further assist the charity in meeting its objectives.

"We believe in the Jackson Galaxy Foundation's mission to improve the lives of shelter pets, and we're happy to provide food and monetary support to this worthy cause," said Chanda Leary-Coutu, Senior Manager, Marketing Communications, for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

"We're very thankful for the support from Wellness Natural Pet Food," said Galaxy. "Their contributions will ensure that our foundation gets off to a strong start and begins making a difference for pets right away."

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About the Jackson Galaxy Foundation:

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was created to improve the lives of sheltered animals by transforming the places they live and by helping the people who care for them. The Foundation focuses on programs that drive innovation in sheltering by raising awareness for important issues in animal welfare, improving shelter design and construction, and empowering staff and adopters with knowledge about animal behavior that will deepen the human/animal bond and get more animals adopted. One of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation's primary goals is "elevation through education" - to use increased knowledge to raise the status of rescue animals and the confidence of animal rescuers, providing the inspiration to effect real change. For more information visit

About Wellness® Natural Pet Food:

At Wellness, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. We believe food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. For each of our recipes we never compromise - selecting nature's finest ingredients and combining them with unique super nutrients to help support whole body health and wellbeing. Like you, we know that our pets provide us unconditional love, and providing uncompromising nutrition is one way we can do the same for them.

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