Registration begins for Meowathon
By Holly Smith
The House of Mews had two surprise additions during September’s Cooper-Young Festival. A box labeled “Free Kittens, Take One” was left on Evelyn Street near the Festival. A passer-by discovered the box containing four five-week-old kittens. Two kittens were adopted by Festival-goers on the short walk from Evelyn to The House of Mews, and the remaining two were brought to and accepted by the cat sanctuary. Volunteer Abby Wallace named the male kittens Cooper and Young.
The kittens were quite the attraction. They posed as mascots for the day, accompanying volunteers outside the rescue center’s door helping promote The House of Mews Meowathon. While people kissed and cuddled, they also signed up for the 5K Run/Walk and Silent Auction, which takes place Saturday, November 21, at Overton Park. Race day registration begins at 7:30am, and the race begins at 9am (enter off of East Parkway, between Poplar Avenue and Sam Cooper Boulevard). Everyone is encouraged to sign up and “Run For The Claws.”
The Meowathon is an important fundraiser for The House of Mews, a no-kill feline sanctuary and adoption agency in the Cooper-Young Historic District. Proceeds from the race and auction go directly to The House of Mews, which is currently home to more than 140 otherwise homeless cats and kittens and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
“The Meowathon is a fun event for everyone and it supports a great cause,” said Abby Wallace, volunteer race director. “Last year we had 404 participants, 44 event sponsors, and a profitable silent auction, raising the most revenue in Meowathon’s history.”
The Meowathon 5K Run/Walk is sanctioned and coordinated by the Memphis Runners Track Club (MRTC). Top male and female finishers in multiple categories will receive medals engraved with The House of Mews cat logo.
There are several ways to register. Race day registration at Overton Park begins at 7:30am. Online registration is available at racesonline.com. A registration form is also available from houseofmews.com/meowathon.html. The downloaded form and registration fee should be mailed to 933 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104. Runners may register in person at The House of Mews or over the phone by calling 901-272-3777 during store hours: Tuesday 1-5pm, Wednesday 4-7:30pm, Thursday 6-9pm, Friday 4-7:30pm, and Saturday 12-4pm.
Registration fees are $18 from October 1 through November 13 and $25 November 14 through race day. MRTC members receive $1 discount through November 15. Those who aren’t able to participate in the 5K can sponsor a cat for the day for $15. All race and sponsor fees are tax-deductible charitable donations.
More information on the event, including a continuously updated list of silent auction items, is available at houseofmews.com/meowathon.html. Friends of The House of Mews can stay updated at facebook.com/thehouseofmews and at twitter.com/thehouseofmews.