updated 10/26/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/27/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
When Méa goes for a run with one of her three dogs, she chooses wisely.
“I run with [Rottweiler] Bear because he’s the slowest,” she says with a laugh. “I can keep a steady pace with him, more of a jog.”
None of the singer’s five pets, which also include cats Mellow and Journey, and mutts Tango and Pepper, will be running with her on Nov. 6 when she takes on the ING New York City Marathon. But, they and countless other rescues from North Shore Animal League America will be cheering her on from the sidelines.
She’s hitting the pavement with 50 other animal lovers who are hoping to raise $200,000 for the New York-based animal charity. It isn’t the first time the singer has worked with NSAL; last year, she headed up the Tour for Life to spread the message of animal adoption.