Big Apple Shelter Kittens Appear In Puppy Bowl XI On Animal Planet

More Than 20 Kittens From Animal Care & Control Of NYC Featured In Kitty Halftime Show

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Once again this year, Big Apple Kitties take to the field, as part of the annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.

More than 20 kittens rescued by Animal Care & Control of New York City will be featured in Animal Planet’s BISSELL® Kitty Halftime Show during Puppy Bowl XI.

(Above Photo Credit: Animal Planet)

Executive Director Risa Weinstock says these kittens all had the benefit of being placed in temporary homes ones as part of AC&C’s foster program. “Fostering is so important for two reasons in particular”, Weinstock told 1010 WINS.  “First, it frees up space in the shelter and allows us to care for all of the other animals.  And secondly, it provides much needed socialization.”

Weinstock notes that AC&C does not adopt out a kitten younger than 8 weeks, so being in a foster home allows them the time and nurturing necessary to make them healthy and available for adoption.

Anyone who’s interested in fostering can sign up for a foster orientation session, by visiting http://www.nycacc.org/Foster.htm.

Check out photos of some of the Animal Planet stars in their forever homes:

Ludo (fka Fortunberry) adopted by Martha Keene who says she named him from the Jim Henson Muppet in The Labyrnth.  She says they bonded immediately and he is doing great. He loves to play and snuggle very early in the morning.  She calls him "an outstanding kitten" who is growing so fast! (Photo Credit: Martha Keene)

Ludo (fka Fortunberry) adopted by Martha Keene who says she named him from the Jim Henson Muppet in The Labyrnth. She says they bonded immediately and he is doing great. He loves to play and snuggle very early in the morning. She calls him “an outstanding kitten” who is growing so fast! (Photo Credit: Martha Keene)

Pablo, fka Ptolemy.  New mom Kristina says he's a little rascal and she is his servant!  He loves to jump in the shower and eat her hair (!) and prefers homemade toys to the store bought ones.  He’s got some "weird, really adorable hobbies".  (Photo Credit: Kristina Loew)

Pablo (fka Ptolemy). New mom Kristina says he’s a little rascal and she is his servant! He loves to jump in the shower and eat her hair (!) and prefers homemade toys to the store bought ones. He’s got some “weird, really adorable hobbies”. (Photo Credit: Kristina Loew)

Link and Zelda adopted by John Lee and Lynda Lummel, who say they're playful and loving and go everywhere together.  They credit their foster parent with doing a wonderful job socializing them.  (Photo Credit: John Lee and Lynda Lummel)

Link and Zelda adopted by John Lee and Lynda Lummel, who say they’re playful and loving and go everywhere together. They credit their foster parent with doing a wonderful job socializing them. (Photo Credit: John Lee and Lynda Lummel)

“Zoey (fka Aleka), adopted by Diane Bromberg who says she's doing great, has gotten so big, and is as playful as ever. (Photo credit: Diane Bromberg)

“Zoey (fka Aleka), adopted by Diane Bromberg who says she’s doing great, has gotten so big, and is as playful as ever. (Photo credit: Diane Bromberg)

Hoyt and Sarah, who new mom Cheryl describes as perfect kitties.  "Our older cats love them so much…. We LOVE them so much. They bring us so much joy.” (Photo Credit: Cheryl Cerisano)

Hoyt and Sarah, who new mom Cheryl describes as perfect kitties. “Our older cats love them so much…. We LOVE them so much. They bring us so much joy.” (Photo Credit: Cheryl Cerisano)

Animal Care & Control of NYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is the only open-admissions animal shelter in New York City, taking in approximately 30,000 animals every year. AC&C’s  three Care Centers in Manhattan (326 East 110th Street), Brooklyn (2336 Linden Boulevard), and Staten Island (3139 Veterans Road West) are open for adoptions 12-7pm, seven days a week.

To view available cats, dogs and rabbits, visit http://nycacc.org/Adopt.htm.

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