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Animal activist Beth Stern signed copies of her new children’s book, “Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens,” Saturday at Costco in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

When North Shore Animal League America spokesperson Beth Stern first adopted her cat Yoda, the Persian kitten’s fur was so matted a veterinarian could barely hear his heartbeat.

And at first, Yoda “didn’t want to have anything to do with anyone,” Beth, a former model who is married to broadcaster Howard Stern, said in a recent press release. “But the Sterns chose Yoda. They took him home, cleaned him up and gave him love.”

Soon after he was rescued, Beth said, Yoda “discovered his life’s purpose” — nurturing and cleaning up after the kittens the Sterns routinely foster at their home in the Hamptons.

“Now, Yoda is happy, fluffy and very busy making sure the orphaned kittens eat and are well-cared for,” said Beth, who’s also a mom to five other rescue cats. “He has learned that by taking care of others he helps himself as well.”

Yoda’s journey toward self-discovery is the subject of Beth’s new children’s book, “Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens.” She signed copies of the heartwarming tale Saturday afternoon at Costco in Riverhead.

All proceeds from the book benefit Bianca’s Furry Friends Campaign, a proposed state-of-the-art, cage-free feline adoption center at NSALA’s headquarters in Port Washington, Beth said.

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