Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness is hosting “cat yoga” on Sunday, Aug. 11 with all proceeds benefiting the Delta Community Animal Shelter. (Photo submitted)

North Delta studio hosting cat yoga fundraiser for local animal shelter

Event at Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness on Aug. 11 to benefit the Delta Community Animal Shelter

Get ready to downward dog like you never have before.

Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness is hosting “cat yoga” on Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon until 1:15 p.m. The North Delta studio’s playful and impactful class is open to anyone — no yoga experience necessary — for a minimum $15 donation, with all proceeds benefiting the Delta Community Animal Shelter (DCAS).

Money raised goes to the Tollie Fund, which was set up in 2009 to support animals at the shelter requiring medical attention beyond the procedures covered under DCAS’s regular budget, like spaying/neutering, vaccines, and x-rays. Through to the end of June 2019, the shelter had spent $35,000 from the fund to help pay for additional veterinary services.

Sunday’s cat yoga will be the fifth event Jenine Lehfeldt, owner of Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness (8330 112th St.), has hosted benefiting DCAS, and she’s raised over $1,850 so far. The animal lover is offering the relaxing Hatha class, led by instructor Laura Chenier, as a means to raise awareness and generate donations.

“It starts like a regular yoga class, but then the cats get curious and wander in and out of the practice. I’ll sometimes pick them up and deliver them around the room, too,” Lehfeldt explained in a press release. “There’s lots of giggling, so the mood is really great.”

RELATED: Finding serenity: North Delta woman reflects on depression and recovery

Sunday’s cat yoga will be the fifth event Jenine Lehfeldt, owner of Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness, has hosted benefiting the Delta Community Animal Shelter. (Photo submitted)

Children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Spires fosters kittens for DCAS and is a lover of cat yoga.

“My experience with kitten yoga has been very satisfying — watching my fosters run around and interact with people in the room and seeing the reactions is just so beautiful,” she said in a press release. “I’ve been practicing yoga for over 20 years, so I’m used to the environment and I think cats and yoga pair perfectly for a calm, happy brain.”

Over the last four years, Spires has fostered 46 kittens at her family home in Ladner, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“It’s unbelievably satisfying; it fills my heart with joy to know I can help kittens when they’re most vulnerable, and then the shelter can find perfect homes and families for them based on their personalities and needs,” she said. “The quality of care that this particular shelter provides is very special. It’s amazing — they have cats and dogs come in that haven’t received proper medical attention or have had a traumatic event, and they provide absolutely every kind of treatment needed, including dental care, with the help of the Tollie Fund.”

Socializing kittens at events like cat yoga better prepares them for adoption, according to Ryan Voutilainen, animal shelter manager at DCAS. The shelter considers animal welfare of utmost importance, so that’s what comes first when selecting which furry guests to send out to events like cat or bunny yoga, which Sweet Serenity has also hosted in the past.

Voutilainen said these events help the public connect with the shelter and can potentially spark someone’s interest in volunteering, fostering or even adopting.

“Senior animals and animals with medical conditions are always harder to adopt out, but we want people to really take the time to consider them, especially because they tend to be the ones that have the most love to give,” he said in a press release. “Another benefit is we already know more about their personalities and issues, so we’re able to better match them to the right home.”

It’s the middle of cat season at DCAS, with over 20 cats currently looking for homes, not including the 36 in foster care. The shelter also temporarily houses dogs, budgies, rabbits and critters like guinea pigs and mice.

The Tollie Fund supports extraordinary veterinary bills for all animals in DCAS’s care. These procedures give animals a second chance at life, often resulting in happy adoptions for those that experienced a challenging start or unfortunate circumstances.

“We’re happy to donate our studio space and the instructor’s time to help our community’s animals,” Lehfeldt said. “I’ve been called a ‘crazy cat lady’ — I used to have three cats I loved dearly — so I’m thrilled to help. And if people can’t attend the class but still want to donate, we’re also accepting cash or in-kind donations of canned wet pet food, scratch pads and food/puzzle toys on behalf of the shelter.”

SEE ALSO: North Delta family donates 141 bags of cat food thanks to flyer campaign



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Sunday’s cat yoga will be the fifth event Jenine Lehfeldt, owner of Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness, has hosted benefiting the Delta Community Animal Shelter. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

White Rock council members stand by decision to close pier

Minimal push-back over closure to minimize chance of spreading COVID-19 virus

From lockdown in Italy to self-isolation in South Surrey

Like many returning citizens, Peninsula-raised James Bogart & Emily Schenk have a long journey ahead

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

Most Read

l -->