How Yoga4Cats Began

I was at HBPS one day and I was visiting with the kitties. Oreo was all over me I thought, THIS is a yoga cat. She sure has a lot of energy – I can’t believe she’s about 12 years old. She needs a promotional video! I soon realized that this can be bigger than that. June is Adopt-a-Cat month – I needed to do something that can benefit the cats in general. Then it hit me – Yoga for Cats! Oreo was my first nominee!
— Jeanette Skaluba
 Oreo with Jeanette Skaluba at Homeward Bound Pet Shelter (HBPS).

Oreo with Jeanette Skaluba at Homeward Bound Pet Shelter (HBPS).

After her visit with Oreo, Jeanette got to planning.  She reached out to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter Supervisor Linda Clary,  other HBPS volunteers, and  yoga instructor Connie Pease.  A small group yoga session was held, instead of a class fee, donations of supplies and funds for HBPS were collected.   

Jeanette recorded video of the cat yoga class to promote Adopt-a-Cat Month in June 2015.   The video she created went viral, gaining international attention.   

Team Yoga4Cats

The volunteer team Yoga4Cats began with Jeanette Skaluba, Erin Rockafellow and Misty Adcock.  The trio met during planning for Rock The Woof, an HBPS fundraiser, in 2015.  The group discovered a shared interest of focusing on underdogs and cats that needed a little extra help finding the right forever home.   In 2016, Melanie Bilbrey joined Team Yoga4Cats!  The quartet works as a team to engage the community with, raise funds for and awareness of no-kill shelters.   

The first ever Yoga4Cats!

Yoga and shelter cats?! Yes, please! It all started right here in deCATur, IL. Check out the *first ever* yoga class featuring adoptable kitties – a concept that went viral around the world! Yoga4Cats started with this purrfect promotion for Homeward Bound Pet Shelter (#HBPS), hosted by Yoga at Connie’s. This small event for Adopt-a-Cat Month raised over $500 for HBPS! So far, Yoga4Cats has raised several thousand dollars to improve the living space for cats within shelter environments – Project Catification! We will continue these fundraisers for other shelters, despite HBPS being permanently closed in August 2016