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Kittens, gym goers reach purr-fect zen during 'Yoga with Kittens'

HALLSVILLE, Texas (MSM) - Gymgoers at Hallsville’s Anytime Fitness kicked off the first official day of fall on Saturday by achieving a “purr-fect” zen state during the first ever “Yoga with Kittens” event hosted by That Lucky Pup and Partnership for Pets, both of Longview.

According to our newspaper partners, the Marshall News Messenger, nine foster kittens snuggled, frolicked and played with gym goers Saturday as they participated in a yoga session that served as a fundraiser for the non-profit animal foster group Partnership For Pets.

“We’re a group of people who all foster dogs and cats in our homes until we can find the family that is the right fit for them,” group member and foster mom Belinda Wiggins said on Saturday. “All of the kittens here today are up for adoption and we also have dogs that are looking for permanent homes too.”

Saturday’s event not only served as a fundraiser for the organization, which spays or neuters each animal and takes them for vet check ups, but it also allowed the organization to seek out new foster parents for the animals.

Six out of ten dogs and cats waiting to enter the Partnership For Pets’ program from area kill shelters are put to sleep before a foster home can be found for them.

“We are always looking for more people to foster,” Wiggins said. “The more people we have fostering, the more animals we can save.”

Wiggins said the advantage to fostering animals is being able to learn their habits, strengths, personalities and correct any bad or harmful behavior before they go to their forever homes.

“We have a low adoption fee, just to cover the cost of the veterinarian services we’ve put into the animal, and then we make sure the animal is the right fit for that particular family.”

Those wishing to serve as a foster to a cat or dog, or to help by donating or adopting an animal from Partnership For Pets can contact the organization by calling (903) 926-2695.

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