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The Best Friends Podcast Episode 41

Jackson Galaxy
November 26th, 2020

Before he was known as the Cat Daddy, Jackson was a shelter employee, working for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. He worked in several roles, including the front desk supervisor, interfacing with the public who came in to surrender their pets. It was during that time that his knack for working with cats became clear and set him on the path that would make him a household name and help millions better understand their cats through his Animal Planet TV show, My Cat from Hell.

Jackson talks about his life as one of the most recognizable figures in the world of animals, what life has been like for him and his family during the pandemic, and what he says is the most effective way to help cats who are waiting for their forever home.

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Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy

Popularly known as “The Cat Daddy,” Jackson Galaxy is the host and executive producer of Animal Planet's long-running hit show “My Cat From Hell.” Jackson, an animal advocate and cat behavior and wellness expert, is also a two-time New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 years of experience working with cats and their guardians. Long before Jackson was known as “The Cat Daddy,” the working musician found he had a unique ability to connect with cats when he took a job at a local animal shelter. After a decade of working with thousands of cats, he joined a private practice working with cat guardians and cats in their homes, which ultimately became the premise for“My Cat From Hell.” An immediate hit, the show has been a broadcast staple for ten seasons and has become a global phenomenon, placing Jackson at the forefront of a worldwide obsession with all things feline.

Jackson has extensively detailed his work and life in his growing collection of authored books, including "Catify to Satisfy" and "Catification,” which both landed on the New York Times Best-Sellers List, and his latest book, “Total Cat Mojo,” a comprehensive guide to his approach on total cat wellness and eliminating behavioral problems by understanding cats and their instinctive behavior.

True to his goal of helping to save all animals, Jackson started the Jackson Galaxy Project in 2015, now a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, which seeks to better the lives of at-risk animals by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them through life-saving JGP Programs and partnerships.


Jackson Galaxy and Minoo Rahbar's wedding at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah