Paw-lates with a purpose: Fitness and charity combine for Pups & Poses

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(courtesy of Footprints to Fitness)

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.”

(courtesy of Footprints to Fitness)

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.

Cat people, along with adoptable felines from Zeus, will get their own fitness series, “Mats & Meows,” in April.

(courtesy of Footprnts to Fitness)

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