A kitten plays with the drawstrings on a sweatshirt as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten plays with the drawstrings on a sweatshirt as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Cats on Mats yoga event a successful fundraiser for Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven

The inaugural sold-out event brought in money to help cats at the Chilliwack animal shelter

A new way to relax with cats — or at least be entertained by them — was introduced to Chilliwack on the weekend.

The inaugural Yoga with Cats on Mats, a fundraiser for Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven, took place Saturday at the cat shelter. It was a sold-out event.

Cat toys were handed out to the 15 participants as the casual event got underway. The frisky felines zipped across the room chasing each other, and then stopped briefly to swat at drawstrings on clothing, plus soak up some snuggles.

The yoga session was lead by Shelley Hatfield of Over the Top Fitness. Hatfield also does smaller fundraisers for the cats on a regular basis — she holds a walk/run along the Vedder River every Wednesday night from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $2. She also does a stretch class following the walk/run at 8 p.m. for $5.

The next Yoga with Cats on Mats is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Cost is $20. For more info and to register: chilliwacksafehaven.com, 604-794-7233, info@thesafehaven.ca.

The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society is dedicated to saving homeless cats, helping pets stay in loving homes, and cultivating respect and awareness for the rights and needs of animals.

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A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten pokes around as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten pokes around as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)