Animal Care & Control of NY Kittens Star In Animal Planet Kitty Halftime Show For Second Year In A Row

New York (CBS New York)  As the Broncos and Seahawks take the field at Metlife Stadium, some local four legged stars will wow TV viewers on Animal Planet.

For the second year in a row, the kittens featured in the kitty halftime show as part of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, are from Animal Care and Control of NYC.

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Clockwise from top Left: Animal Care & Control of NY rescued kittens Chavo, Tom, Butterscotch and Francis, co-stars of Animal Planet’s Kitty Halftime Show. (Photo Credit: Animal Planet)

Shadow 5 (Chavo A0976104)

Chavo (see photo above – renamed Shadow) with adopter, Elena Barskiy. (Photo Credit: Rob Simonoff)


“They’re adorable”, AC&C Executive Director Risa Weinstock told 1010 WINS. “They steal the show.”

1010 WINS’ Susan Richard reports: 

The 26 kittens featured this year have all been adopted since the Animal Planet taping, but Weinstock says there are plenty more where they came from.  “The whole point of being on Animal Planet is just to get the word out there that there are thousands and thousands of great pets out there, right in your backyard.”  When you adopt, she says, you give these animals a second chance.


Supercute kitten Erin on set at Animal Planet’s Kitty Halftime show. (Photo Credit: Animal Planet)

In honor of Superbowl weekend, AC&C is offering reduced adoption fees at their three shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.  Cats are $20; $50 for kittens six months and under. Dogs are $40; $75 for puppies six months and under, and rabbits are $35.

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All AC&C adoptions include a free vaccination, microchip, spay/neuter, I-D tag, and a free office visit at a participating Veterinarian in the five boroughs.

The shelter locations are:

Manhattan: 326 East 110th Street; Adoption Hours: Noon to 7PM, 7 days a week

Brooklyn: 2336 Linden Boulevard; Adoption Hours: Noon to 7PM, 7 days a week

Staten Island: 3139 Veterans Road West; Adoption Hours: Noon to 7PM, 7 days a week


L to R: Katniss (formerly Alexa) on set at Animal Planet and with her adopter Karen Fensterstock who was a volunteer kitten wrangler at the Animal Planet taping and fell in love! (Photo Credit: Animal Planet/Animal Care & Control of NY)

Animal Care & Control of NY notes that nearly all the kittens featured in the Kitty Half-Time Show spent some time in AC&C foster homes, which are often called on to temporarily care for kittens who aren’t yet old enough for adoption. Potential volunteers can sign up for AC&C’s next foster orientation, set for February 4, at

To see the animals available for adoption visit or click HERE.

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To see the lineup of kittens featured in the kitty halftime show, click HERE.