‘Cats and Mats’ fundraiser benefits OCHS

Tater Tot stole the show at 'Cats and Mats' on Saturday (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
Logan Kirkland
Staff Writer

Forget downward facing dog, the cat pose stole the spotlight during the Oktibbeha County Humane Society`s third annual Cats and Mats fundraiser on Saturday at the Sportsplex.

Director of Development and Community Relations for OCHS Martha Thomas said the fundraiser was the “purrfect” opportunity for the public to interact with shelter cats outside of the shelter. Cats and Mats is an event where participants do yoga with the occasional fluffy interruption as numerous cats assist with the poses.

The yoga session was led by an instructor from Firefly Yoga Studio.

She said the idea sparked from having multiple fundraisers surrounding dogs, and they were looking for a way to involve their many shelter cats.

The event had a total of three packed classes - one in the morning, noon and early afternoon. Thomas said the purpose of the event was to raise money and awareness for the shelter and to hopefully find the felines a new home.

"We are hoping to do this more often, maybe twice a year or once a quarter because everybody has such a good time," Thomas said.

The class had a registration fee of $25, which included the first-ever OCHS tank top, sporting the slogan "I think you mean downward facing cat". Thomas said there are still some leftover tank tops, which can be purchased for $15 at the OCHS.

Through the event, OCHS raised $1,325. Thomas said her favorite part of the fundraiser is seeing cat-lovers come together to hang out, but she especially loves taking pictures of the cats while they do yoga.

"Seeing them doing the stretches too, it`s fun to catch them in the poses although they may not be following the exact instructions," Thomas said.

Participant Sydney Cozart said she thoroughly enjoyed the event and came hoping to adopt a cat. After the event, her hopes to adopt a can't became more concrete.

"Seeing all of the cats, I really want to adopt one now," Cozart said.

Cozart said she would be talking with the organizers to see the specifics on how she can take one of the cats home.