By Bonnie Haub
Use your two legs to help those with four. The House of Mews, a nonprofit cat sanctuary, will hold its seventh annual Meowathon on Saturday, November 20. The event includes a 5K run/walk, silent auction, refreshments, and door prizes.
The House of Mews is located in CY at 933 S. Cooper and is a no-kill feline sanctuary, adoption agency, and cat lovers’ gift shop. For the past 15 years they have cared for countless cats, with 8,600 successful adoptions, and they exist solely on support and donations from individuals, corporations, and volunteers. In addition, retail pet supplies, gifts, and art items are sold to help defray expenses. Profits go to support the wellbeing of the cats in their care, which is currently over 115.
The Meowathon is a major fund-raiser for The House of Mews, with 425 participants last year. The race is sanctioned and coordinated by Memphis Runners Track Club and is held at Overton Park (enter off of East Parkway, between Poplar and Sam Cooper). Registration for the race begins at 7:30am and the race starts at 9am. Pete Pranica, TV Announcer for the Memphis Grizzlies, will serve as event emcee, and Dennis Phillippi, radio personality/actor/comedian, will start the runners off at the starting line. Ninety medals engraved with The House of Mews cat logo will be awarded to the top finishers.
Through November 14, race fees are $18 ($17 MRTC), and the cost is $25 from November 15-20. Race fees are considered tax-deductible charitable donations. The registration form can be downloaded from houseofmews.com/meowathon. This form along with check or credit card information can be mailed to The House of Mews, 933 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104, or you may register and pay in person at the store or over the phone at (901) 272-3777. Store hours are generally Tues./Wed. 1-5 pm, Thurs. 6-9 pm, Fri. 1-5 pm, and Sat. 12-4 pm. Online registration is also available at racesonline.com. For those who cannot participate in the race, there is an option to sponsor a cat for the day for a tax-deductible contribution of $15. Runner’s bags and T-shirts can be picked up Friday, November 19, at The House of Mews from 1-8pm, as well as on race day at Overton Park.
Event sponsors to date include Platinum Paw Sponsors Counterpart Communication Design, Service Assurance Corporation, and S & S Striping. Silver Paw Sponsors are AutoZone, Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., “In Honor of Rowan,” “In Memory of Callie, Sammy, and Tiger,” “In Memory of Goofie and Spook,” and “In Memory of Annie.”
In addition to the 5K, there will be a silent auction taking place on race day. Visit the Meowathon website, houseofmews.com/meowathon, for a continuously updated list of silent auction items.
Bonnie Haub is serving as volunteer race director for the fourth consecutive year. Haub is a Cooper-Young resident and CYCA member.
** The 2010 event logo was designed by Associate Creative Director, Mike Powell, of Counterpart Communication Design.