We've known for quite some time now that Howard and Beth Stern were big supporters of animal rescue groups - but we didn't think it was this big. 

Beth, host of the first-ever "Kitten Bowl" on the Hallmark Channel, recently revealed that she and Howard have fostered over 50 cats since June in their personal home. 

"I think people started becoming aware of my connection with cats and kittens, especially over the past year, through my husband on his radio show," she told Newsday. "We've fostered over 50 cats and kittens - not all at one time - since June, and my husband speaks about it on the air a lot and my husband and I have adopted five cats that we call our own, our babies, and we recently adopted a blind cat. So we've become the crazy cat family."

Beth, who last year hosted the NatGeo channel series "Spoiled Rotten Pets," says that the opportunity to host the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl was an absolute dream job. She did, however, have one requirement - that she be allowed to supply kittens from the North Shore Animal League; an organization she and her husband have passionately supported for years. 

"I had the time of my life frolicking on a field with 71 kittens," she said. "And after the taping we held an adoption event at North Shore Animal League and all 71 kittens have since been adopted."

The Kitten Bowl, which airs the same day (Feb 2nd.) as the Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl, is aiming not to compete, but to compliment its more well-known couterparts.  

"I will be going from the Super Bowl to the Kitten Bowl to the Puppy Bowl to the Kitten Bowl to the Super Bowl," said Stern. "I will have my remote in hand the entire time . . . I do not view it as competition. I view it as an extra added fun thing to watch during Super Bowl Sunday."

After hearing the announcement last year, Animal Planet issued a statement welcoming the new cat-themed event. 

"You’ve GOT to be kitten me! With the record-breaking success of Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Bowl,’ our famous Kitty Half-Time Show and the huge viewership for our new live Kitten Cam, we’re not surprised by a ‘copy cat,’" the network joked in a statement. "After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We’re just happy that pet adoption is being promoted and more animals are finding their fur-ever homes.”

Check out a promo for the Kitten Bowl below. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Howard and Beth Stern fostered over 50 cats in 2013
Actress and host of Hallmark's 2014 'Kitten Bowl' says that she and her husband have become 'the crazy cat family.'