What Can I Possibly Have in Common with Howard Stern?

Yes, I mean THE Howard Stern, shock jock, “America’s Got Talent” judge and the “King of All Media.” Are you surprised at this comparison – me, a NYC veterinarian and Howard, a media mogul? Don’t be, because the love of pets can be a great equalizer.

Howard Stern & Dr. Ann Hohenhaus

Howard Stern & Dr. Ann Hohenhaus

Take for example, dinnertime:

Howard Stern's foster kittens

Dinnertime at the Stern house (tweeted by @BethOstrosky)

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus' foster kittens

Dinnertime at the Hohenhaus house

In addition, both Howard and I live and work in New York City and can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Of course, Howard has his own show, and I am a regular guest on “Doctor Radio” from NYU Langone Medical Center, with my friends Dr. Frank Adams and Samantha Heller. But the biggest similarity between us is our passion for foster kittens.

Families, like Howard’s and mine, who are willing to temporarily shelter young kittens provide a critical component of the adoption process. The Stern family works with the foster care team at North Shore Animal League and my fosters are part of the ASPCA program. If left in animal shelters, these young kittens are prone to contracting severe upper respiratory infections, which delay their adoption into forever homes. Moreover, kittens raised in homes develop better social skills and manners than those living in cages.

If you would like to learn more about my fun with foster kittens, read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Kittens” or “Kitten Questions.” For insight into Howard’s foster care experience, read one of his recent blog entries about Tarzan, the cat.

There are always lots of young kittens in need of a “temporary” home before they find their way to their forever home. Join Howard and me in this important work by contacting your local shelter to become foster parents to some needy kittens.

And don’t forget, if you are already a foster mom or dad to a pet who may be experiencing health problems which could hinder adoption of the pet, check out AMC TO THE RESCUE. The AMC has established a fund for 501(c)(3) registered animal rescue organizations to aid in the cost of specialty care. It is The AMC’s way of helping pets find a forever home.

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