Well, it seems like life in the Stern household is never dull. Howard Stern and Beth, who wed in 2008, have adopted four cats over the past four years from North Shore Animal League America.
But add that to the six they fostered recently? That’s a grand total of ten.
“The last romantic thing Howard did was I called and said ‘honey, there are six kittens that I want to foster,’” she tells me during NSALA’s adoption event as part of the Global Day of Discovery in the R Lounge at the pet-friendly Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. “He said ‘yes, honey.’ That’s very romantic.”
“Well, the kittens are tiny, so they’re in a separate area of the house,” she explains. “We have four cats that have full roam of the house. In that case, we have to kick everybody out and shut the doors [laughs]. You have to allow time to round them up, and then after we have our time together, I’ll immediately open the doors, so they all come running back in. [laughs]”
Thankfully, Howard has put out a plea to his listeners to find homes for the eight-week old kittens.
“Already we have some people who are interested, so I hope it will be a great thing that we can continue to do,” the animal advocate, who hosts Nat Geo Wild’s Spoiled Rotten Pets, says. “I’m enjoying fostering. It’s going to be hard letting them go, but it’s all part of the process.”
And how does Beth’s hubby feel about having a whole lot more mouths to feed?
“He’s incredible,” she gushes. “He loves animals. He shares the passion, but he knows that when it comes to the animals, that’s my life, that’s my happiness, that’s my everything, that’s my passion. He’s right there with me.”
As she nears age 41 this month, Beth has no regrets that she never had children with the celebrated SiriusXM radio host and America’s Got Talent judge.
“Oh, I never wanted to have children,” she says. “We don’t need children to complete us. I need pets in my life. I have friends with kids, but I don’t need a child to feel fulfilled.”