'Kitten Bowl' strives to outcute puppies this Sunday (w/video)
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.
PITTSBURGH - NFL and CBS network officials should take note: Counter-programming against the Super Bowl already has the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.
Now cat lovers also will have something to watch other than football: Beth Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern, will be hosting the first “Kitten Bowl,” which airs at noon on Super Bowl Sunday on the Hallmark Channel.
The event is being presented in partnership with the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill shelter.
Beth Stern, a former model and actor, said her true passion is animal welfare. The 41-year-old is a big supporter of North Shore.
“I grew up with all different kinds of animals,” said Stern. “Our family always rescued animals from local shelters or from the street or from someone who didn’t want their animal. We always had a dog in our house. We usually had two cats. We had guinea pigs and little chicks and chickens. I think it is just a love for animals that is in the blood that comes from my parents.
“Kitten Bowl,” which was pre-recorded, already has had all 71 kittens that participated adopted.
“We have five cats right now,” said Stern. “We just recently adopted a blind cat, the love of our lives.”
“Kitten Bowl” will consist of two preliminary playoffs and a championship match. Along with basic obstacle courses of hurdles, tunnels, hoops, jumps, weave poles, lasers, lures and toys on strings, “Kitten Bowl” will feature locker room strategies, player profiles and “interviews,” and camera work and audio recordings from the athletes as they play the game.
This inaugural three-hour event will be emceed by John Sterling, the radio voice of the New York Yankees.
“My husband will be watching the “Kitten Bowl,” said Stern. “We taped it already, and I had a lot of my animal-loving friends who are celebrities stop by, including Rachael Ray.”
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