SPCA, Studio 22 Yoga launch unique program

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The SPCA of Bradley County is teaming up with Studio 22 Yoga to introduce something new, and adorable, to the community — “Yoga with Kittens.” 

The studio is hosting three special beginner-level yoga classes this Saturday featuring live kittens. Classes are being offered at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

“It will be a fun time,” said Kristin Harvey, manager of operations for the local SPCA. “There will about 20 kittens roaming around while people are trying to do yoga. Of course, ‘trying’ is the key word!” 

She explained yogis will get to practice their yoga while experiencing a little “pet therapy” as an added bonus. The kittens will be free to move about the room during the classes, and yogis will be welcome to pause and play when the kittens find their way to their mats.  

The idea for these classes came from a volunteer who learned of a similar event elsewhere. There are numerous photos and videos on the internet of people trying to keep a straight face while kittens scurry around. 

Harvey said it is “a fun and non-intimidating way” for people to discover yoga — while also discovering some new furry friends. 

“We approached Studio 22 with this idea, and they were totally on board,” Harvey said. “We are thankful they wanted to do this with us.” 

Anyone interested in taking part in the class can reserve a spot for $5. All proceeds from these events will support the SPCA’s shelter. Shelter representatives will also be accepting additional monetary donations and items such as kitten and cat food, clumping cat litter and cat toys. 

Harvey said those who enjoy playing with the kittens during the classes will also have the chance to adopt them. The hope is that this event will help address a current problem with overcrowding at the shelter. 

“We are still in the middle of kitten season, in part because of the warmer weather we have been having,” said Harvey. “We have about 75 kittens currently in need of homes … Our capacity is closer to 45.” 

The adoption fee will be $50 for one kitten or $60 for two. All kittens are spayed or neutered, microchipped, brought up-to-date on vaccinations, given flea treatment and de-wormed before being made available for adoption. 

To reserve a spot or for more information, call the yoga studio at 678-860-7422 or visit the Facebook link “bradleycountyspca” and click on the “Events” tab. 

Studio 22 Yoga is located at 65 Central Ave. in downtown Cleveland. 

Inset Quote:

“It will be a fun time. There will about 20 kittens roaming around while people are trying to do yoga. Of course, ‘trying’ is the key word!”  — Kristin Harvey

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