Featuring the best athletic talent our country has to offer, Hallmark Channel's inaugural Kitten Summer Games premieres this Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. (coincidentally on the same day as those regular Olympics the humans keep talking about).
The special shows more than 90 kittens from North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington and Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh showing off their skills. Don't get your hopes up about adopting these guys, however — all have been adopted since the special was taped. Of course, plenty more cats in local Long Island shelters are still looking for homes!
Hosted by Beth Stern, these kittens compete in a series of sporting events including kitten gymnastics, a kitten "de-CAT-lon," and kitten volleyball, tennis and wrestling. Check out a few of the kittens featured in the Kitten Summer Games to determine who you're going to root for!
Freckles is world-renowned for the high jump and pole vault and especially for that adorable little face!
Mary Lou Kitten
Mary Lou Kitten's going for the gold! Do you see those muscles? The competition may as well be over, fellas!
Hissimone Biles was born ready. She's been training for all 12 weeks of her life! According to Hallmark, she specializes in the purr-ouette and the flying leap and is the first kitten ever to complete a side-leap beef grab hissmount.
Don't let that innocent face fool ya -- Dominique Paws is in it to win it.
Toffee takes a quick cat nap after preparing for her turn at the pole vault and high jump.
Bela Cat-Rollie is the gymnastics coach here at the Kitten Summer Games. Hallmark tells us this Hungarian coach extolls priceless words of wisdom upon the lucky kittens he trains, such as "stick the hissmount" and "kick some tail."
Pounce De Leon
Pounce De Leon is the head volleyball coach here at the Kitten Summer Games -- and that look should tell you he's all business, all the time.
Jasper and Nadia Come n Scratch Me
Jasper and Nadia Come n Scratch Me enjoy a little downtime.