Beth Stern understands that the love we have for our pets is immeasurable, but there are also animals without a home waiting for a family to care for them. Stern, along with radio innovator and pioneer husband Howard Stern, currently takes care of six special needs cats in their own home, but choose to go the extra mile.
Part of that extra effort and a special feline are the reasons for her latest book, Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens.
“There was this cat, our most recent rescue, he was originally a foster cat,” says Stern, who fostered around 100 cats in the past year. “He was a really sad guy and I took him to the vet; I thought maybe something was wrong with him.”
The cat, Yoda, was in heart failure and was only expected to live another three to six months. Instantly, Stern decided to bypass the fostering process and adopt the cat herself, providing him with a loving home for his final months.
Yoda was brought home at the end of May, meaning, in the best case scenario, he would live in the Stern home until maybe November. Around the same time, the Sterns welcomed their first litter of kittens into their home, set up in a room specifically for fostering cats.
“He [Yoda] ran into the room and something magical happened,” says Stern. “He took over as their poppa.”
“He ran over to each kitten. He started grooming them. He has not left that foster room,” added Stern, who has fostered seven litters since Yoda’s arrival in May. “He sleeps with them. He makes sure they eat all of their food before he eats. I can leave that foster door open and he will, if one escapes, he will go behind them and corral them back in.”
The result of Yoda’s new purpose in life has been nothing short of a miracle and has flabbergasted vets; the cat is completely off all heart medication and 100% healthy.
“I really feel that it’s his love and purpose that has healed his heart,” says Stern.
The story is the inspiration behind Stern’s children’s book, Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens. Instead of being a sick, dying cat, Yoda is depicted as a feline with a sad heart who, through care and compassion, was transformed into a happy and healthy pet.
“I think it’s just such a beautiful message,” Stern says.
100% of the proceeds from Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens goes to a program spearheaded by Stern called Bianca’s Furry Friends. The program benefits the North Shore Animal League, helping to save more lives by adding to the 14,000-square-foot facility.
Beth Stern will be at the Costco in Riverhead, Long island signing copies of her book on December 6th from 1pm to 3pm.
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