Integrative Medicine Club combines puppies and yoga to fundraise and find homes for shelter dogs

K-State Integrative Medicine Club hosted a puppy yoga fundraiser Oct 7. The event took place on the recreational center's basketball courts and adoptable dogs and puppies from Purple PAWS were in attendance. (Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State Integrative Medicine Club hosted its yoga-with-puppies event Saturday in partnership with Purple Power Animal Welfare Society.

“The event was really positive,” secretary of the Integrative Medicine Club Kaitlyn Desmond said. “We had so many people say that they had so much fun and loved it. We are definitely looking at holding another one in the spring as well.” 

Desmond said the event raised money for the club and exposed adoptable dogs to potential new homes.

“Purple PAWS was amazed with the turnout and got so many pictures and videos for their website that will be a big help in getting the dogs adopted,” Desmond said. “We made over $750 for our club which will go toward planning future events and meetings this year.”

Desmond said the Integrative Medicine Club held a donation drive at puppy yoga for Purple PAWS to thank the group for supplying the adoptable dogs.

“We extended the donation drive through this week since we didn’t collect too many items at the event, maybe because of lack of knowledge for our non-veterinary student attendees, we’re not sure,” Desmond said. 

Purple PAWS’ supply wish list is accessible via their website.