Beth Stern: Happy Summer!
By Beth Stern | Photographs by Howard Stern
Life slows down in the last days of summer, and in these dog days of August, we turn our focus to our favorite kitten rescuer. Pittsburgh native Beth Stern and husband Howard Stern take rescuing lives seriously, with hundreds of souls saved by their personal mission of fostering kittens in conjunction with the North Shore Animal Rescue League in New York. Besides playing heroes to animals in need of homes, and people in need of spirit companions, this world-famous duo shares other interests that keep their marriage active and interesting. When we asked for a cover story by the Stern team, they produced this article, from styling, to photographs, to text, just for us. — Christine Tumpson
Summer to me is sunshine and exercise and being outdoors. Beach walks, bike rides, running outside with my husband. We have a group of good friends we socialize with, but really love to keep to ourselves with our six resident kitties. I am in full “kitten season” mode, fostering 14 kittens! My work with North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill shelter located in Port Washington, N.Y., has become my full-time mission. I have been fostering cats and kittens for the last three years now. Over 400 cats/kittens have been fostered by me in our home and nurtured by us. (Howard helps me socialize them. It’s so cute when he plays with them and let’s them crawl in his amazing hair!) I love when he does the commentary on my Instagram feed. (@bethostern) We post pics and videos of our foster kittens daily. I work with North Shore Animal League America to screen all possible adopters. My Instagram has been growing and right now I actually have a waiting list of people who have been pre-approved to adopt from me. When we make the perfect match of a kitten and family, I personally deliver the kitten to his/her new home. It’s truly become a full-time job…and I love it. It’s very hard saying goodbye, but it’s part of the process. I can save another when one is handed over to his/her forever family.
Howard and I watched a live kitten birth in our house three weeks ago and it was such a special experience. Howard was taking video the entire time and posting to my Instagram. I was so happy to share it with my animal-loving followers. I have such a special place in my heart for the mamas. I’m already sad thinking about the day I will hand over my Mama Darling foster kitty to her forever home!
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I made it easy on my photographer this year! Because I was asked to be the August cover, it was easy to come up with the concept: bathing suits in the sand! So, I brought my favorite suits to the beach, right outside of our house, and was able to shoot all this in just four hours because it was the perfect summer day!
Sunshine and sand between my toes make me smile very easily! I feel confident and happy in bathing suits at 45. I think it’s because I exercise and eat well, and I have a husband who makes me feel good every single day. Not to mention he knows my angles! I look back when I was in my 20’s and I was not confident at all in a bathing suit. The irony is that I was at the height of my modeling career, modeling bathing suits and doing catalog work in Europe and NYC. There’s something special about my 40’s and I am just so happy in all aspects of my life. Animal Rescue fulfills me, I have a wonderful marriage, and I wake up every day feeling so grateful and blessed.
The connection I have with my husband when we shoot together is something I can’t even describe. He gets me. He has photographed me so much over the years that I know he’s going to capture my bliss. And he does. Every time. Life IS bliss with Howard. He IS my smile.
Upcoming TV projects:
I’ve been working with Hallmark Channel for five years now, hosting the annual “Kitten Bowl,” which airs Super Bowl Sundays. Also, I have been hosting “The Hero Dog Awards” on Hallmark Channel, co-hosting with James Denton, for the last three years. It airs in September. At the end of August, I will be co-hosting NBC’s “Clear the Shelters” special with my bestie, Katie Lee.
LIFE IS GOOD and I am so proud to say I am a Pittsburgh girl at heart. I was so proud of the Penguins and Steelers for incredible seasons. I smile when people tell me I still have a slight Pittsburgh accent.
I love coming home to Pittsburgh. It will always be home to me.
North Shore Animal League America, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, N.Y. 516.883.7900. animalleague.org