Yoga and cats. Sounds like a pretty random combination, but it seems that it’s one that actually works quite well, as demonstrated by cat-loving yoga teacher Connie Pease of Yoga at Connie’s. She teamed up with pet shelter Homeward Bound to host a special class filled with cats.
“It was an opportunity for people who like cats to help the shelter,” she said.
Initiatives like this are important because they increase the cats’ exposure to people who wouldn’t visit a shelter, and increase the likelihood of adoption.
“It gives these cats exposure and shows their personality. I think people can envision these pets in their home easier because they’re outside the shelter,” said Jeanette Skaluba, the shelter volunteer who thought of the event.
Throughout the class, six cats wandered around the studio. Some accepted belly rubs and snuggles, while others were content just watching from the sidelines.
“The ones that were really active really made the class a lot of fun. They jumped on the students and kissed them. One had their butt in my face, but we had so much fun with them,” Pease said.
The event helped raise $500 for the shelter, and one of the participating cats was even adopted.
The event was such a success, in fact, that Pease is already planning more events like this one.