Cat yoga brings furry fun to Humane Society of Carroll County

Emily Chappell
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

A small group of people sat on yoga mats, each with a pile of cat treats in front of them. Around the room, a handful of cats, some outgoing and others more shy, skulked around the room.

As instructor Jacquie Wuertz spoke, calling out yoga poses, meowing could be heard throughout the room.

For many, yoga is a time to relax and focus, but for those at the cat yoga class at the Humane Society of Carroll County, Saturday’s class had a few furry — but welcomed — distractions.

Susan Miller, of Taneytown, helped get the classes at the Humane Society started. Miller, who volunteers there, said they began holding the cat yoga classes in the fall, and most of them have been very full. Saturday’s class sold out in a couple hours, she said.

The classes usually cost around $12, and money goes toward the shelter.

“The money goes to the humane society — it all goes toward spaying and neutering the cats,” Miller said.

Miller said she got the idea from taking a goat yoga class.

“I was just thinking this would be so much fun to do with kittens,” Miller said. But in looking around, she didn’t see any nearby, so she decided to get them going in Carroll.

Wuertz, of Urbana, works for Sol Yoga and said this was her third time teaching the cat yoga class in Carroll’s humane society.

She said people feel good coming to the event because the money goes back to the shelter and helps the animals.

And, she said, it’s a chance to try yoga and a less intense setting, all while getting to play with the cats.

“It’s just a different feeling and vibe,” she added.

Cat yoga isn’t the only animal-involved yoga gaining popularity these days. Around the state and country, there’s been goat yoga, puppy yoga and more. Carroll County hasn’t been left out of the craze — this past summer, Lil Holler Farm, a family farm at 3950 Bixler Church Road in Westminster, began holding outdoor yoga classes featuring baby pygmy goats.

For some on Saturday, the Humane Society’s class was a first for them, but for many, it won’t be their last animal-involved yoga class.

Ashley Wilson, of Westminster, said Saturday’s class was more relaxing because they got to be around the cats. Wilson said she’s heard about goat yoga classes online, and so when she saw the opportunity for a cat yoga class, she wanted to try it.

“I think it was a lot of fun,” she said.

Rebecca Bange, of Reisterstown, said she would do this type of class again, and said coaxing some of the shyer cats out by the end of the class was something she really enjoyed.

“Snuggling with Jasmine was my favorite part,” she said of the cat who cuddled on her mat.


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