Zeus’ Rescues is partnering with Footprints to Fitness and the Renaissance Art Hotel to offer an evening of poses and puppies — with a purpose. Participants have a chance to relax, tone their muscles and help stray dogs find a home, all at the same time.
“Pups & Poses: Yoga & Pilates & Puppies” benefits Zeus’ Rescues, a privately funded pet-rescue shelter on Napoleon Avenue that finds homes for animals that end up in local high-kill shelters. Its goal, according to its website, is to “eradicate pet homelessness and euthanasia within the New Orleans metro area.”
The workout is described as a high-energy flowing mixture of yoga and pilates, while surrounded by puppies and art inside the Renaissance Art Hotel gallery in the Warehouse District. Goofy canine frolicking is assured.
The “Pups & Poses” series, held Monday evenings in March, will be led by Footprint to Fitness founder and lead trainer April Dupré. The puppies will be provided by Zeus’ Rescues.
Footprints to Fitness is a wellness outreach group that, among other services, offers fitness classes in the city’s recreation centers and public places such as Duncan Plaza and the old U.S. Mint.
The first “Pups & Poses” in the series, on March 11, quickly sold out, but spots are available for March 18 and 25. Sessions are 90 minutes, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and cost $21. Additional donations to Zeus’ Rescues will also be accepted.
Participants are encouraged to dress like their favorite pup, for a chance to win a costume contest.
It’s strictly BYOM, or bring your own mat. Water and puppies will be provided. And if you fall in love, it could be forever; the puppies that take part in the session will be available for adoption.