The First Baptist Church of Cooperstown and the Susquehanna SPCA partnered to host their first weekly cat yoga class last night in the church’s fellowship hall.

“The animal shelter is one of our church’s mission partners” said the Rev. Joseph Perdue, the church’s pastor. “I reached out to Becca Daly, the communications coordinator for the shelter, and Becca located Lisa Brown. Lisa is local yoga instructor who generously offered to donate her Friday evenings free of charge to teach this class and to help the shelter.”

Brown even sported a tank top picturing cats in various yoga positions for the class.

“We hope to make this a weekly class, depending on how these first few weeks go,” Daly said.

There is a $10 suggested donation for the class, with 100 percent of the donations going directly to the animal shelter. The first class raised $181.

“Every donation made to the shelter throughout the month of December is doubled by the Staffworks Charitable Fund’s Save a Life Campaign,” Daly said. “Medical care for our animals is one of our biggest expenses, averaging $1,200 per animal.”

All of the shelter’s cats and dogs that are available for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all of their necessary shots, which makes them available for same-day adoptions, and 50 percent of the shelter’s adoption fees are waived on adult cats and dogs remainder of this year.

For more information regarding how to have a contribution to the Susquehanna SPCA doubled this month, visit the shelter’s Facebook page or visit

There will be another cat yoga session Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown. Contact Perdue at or 352-216-0834