Kitten yoga will take place at the YMCA on Saturday, June 16. (Photo courtesy of Jess Ritchey)
Kitten yoga will take place at the YMCA on Saturday, June 16. (Photo courtesy of Jess Ritchey)

VAN WERT – With the success of the recent goat yoga trend which reached Van Wert recently, the Van Wert County Humane Society and the YMCA are partnering to bring citizens something new.

The YMCA will host kitten yoga on Saturday, June 16. Three sessions will be available, each one hour long. Sessions will start at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Class sizes are limited to 24 people each and is for those ages 7 and older.

Like the goat yoga sessions, kitten yoga will be taught by Deb Sealscott who also volunteers at the local Humane Society. She explained that the sessions are meant to make people feel healthier and happier all around.

“Current research continues to reveal the health and emotional benefits of yoga. Adding kittens and cats to the class adds an extra benefit since research also reveals that even petting a cat can lower blood pressure,” said Sealscott. “While humans benefit from the special kind of happiness felt from bonding with a cat, the shelter cats will also benefit from the extra socialization and the love and affection of the participants.”

The event is also meant to help the Humane Society showcase adoptable cats and kittens. Approximately 12 kittens and two adult cats will roam freely during the class.

“These kittens represent about half of the kittens currently in foster care,” said Sealscott. “All are available for adoption.”

Adoption fees for cats and kittens through the Humane Society are $75 and include current vaccinations and spaying or neutering. All cats are FiV/FeLV negative.

“This is a fundraising event as well as a way to celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month which is June,” Sealscott said. “We also want to make the community aware of the many cats and kittens which are available for adoption.”

The fee for the YMCA kitten yoga event is $10 per person, with all proceeds going directly to the shelter. Those interested should contact the YMCA to register for one of the sessions.