NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 6:00 PM
“Poor Howard” is what Beth Stern thought on a recent night out when some hard-core fans approached the table where she was eating with her hubby Howard Stern.
But they weren’t there to snap selfies with the shock jock — they were obsessed with the statuesque blonde’s Instagram account, which chronicles her days spent fostering litters of adorable kittens. Beth now has over 200,000 followers.
“They were saying, ‘I love your Instagram,’” Beth tells [email protected] She notes that it’s now common for people to approach her to talk about her life’s work. “Little kids everywhere are like, ‘It’s Yoda’s mom!’ I’ve found my purpose in life, definitely.”
Now on her second children’s book, “Yoda Gets a Buddy,” Beth is astonished at the response. Her first children’s book, “Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens” (about a white Persian cat she had rescued and adopted), made the New York Times best seller list, with all proceeds going to the North Shore Animal League America.
The new book picks up where “Yoda” left off, and the story is, again, true. Yoda — who was diagnosed with a failing heart until the work of helping Beth foster kittens healed him — is busier than ever looking after kittens when a special new foster animal enters their lives. Buddy, whom Howard named, was found on the side of the road in Miami, suffering from an infection so bad he had to have both eyes removed. Beth got hold of him, brought him home to foster, and he bonded with Yoda, helping to take care of the kittens at the Sterns’ Hamptons manse. (The now-thriving Buddy has his own popular Instagram.)
“It was an amazing thing to see and a beautiful lesson about love and purpose and happy hearts,” Beth says. David Spade recently recorded the voice of Buddy for the audio book, Beth tells us.
Beth was in Palm Beach last week and flew back to New York after a meat-free Thanksgiving (they dined on eggplant parmesan and pasta) with 11 new kittens in tow. But do all the animals make the King of All Media crazy?
“Never. Howard’s always OK. He just looks at me and says, ‘Of course, go get them,’” she says.
Howard, who names all the fosters, is even pushing to keep a kitten to add to their brood of six resident cats.
“I have to be the tough guy and say no,” Beth laughs.
“Yoda Gets a Buddy” is available Dec. 1 at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. All proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America.