Cats and yoga
TAVARES — How do you combine our love for exercising, healthy living and physical fitness … with a love for cats?

That’s easy. It’s call “Meowga”!

Or, as Elisha Pappacoda, the public information officer for the Lake County government noted, “You bring the yoga mats, we bring the shelter cats!”

This event is being held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, as a way to have fun with a certified yoga instructor leading the class, but also as a way to raise awareness of the need to find homes for the cats and dogs now in the Lake County Animal Shelter.

It was the Animal Shelter and LEASH Inc. – an organization that works to ensure that feral cats are spayed and neutered – organized Meowga as a way for residents to get together and relax, stretch and unwind – surrounded, of course, by carefree felines from the shelter. Who knows, maybe one of the participants will decide they want to adopt one of the cats, too.

This hour-long program is being taught by Lisa McDonald, an experienced yoga instructor who “strives to bring laughter into class, allowing students to relax and enjoy their experience,” Pappacoda noted.Lisa McDonald yoga

She added that anyone who attends can “adopt one of these purrfect pets on site, or visit the shelter nearby after class to meet your furrever friend.”

Adoptable cats are available at the shelter for $10, and there’s also a buy one get one free offer.

There is a requested $20 donation to join Meowga, and the money raised will benefit Lake County shelter pets.

Since space is limited, people can RSVP in advance at Meowga, or make a donation at the door.

To learn more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, stop by at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visit Lake County Animal Shelter website.

For the most up-to-date information and photos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter at Lake County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page and at Lake County Aniimal Shelter Twitter page.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at

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