For Immediate Release:
4 September 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
Group Names Timon the First Runner-Up
Ahmedabad – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Timon, whose guardian is Shridutt Shah, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s sixth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Timon had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become one of the 10 finalists. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is to adopt an Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter. The winner is Moochi, whose guardian is Gowry Lekshmi of Alappuzha, and the second runner-up is Sheru, whose guardian is Dolly Guleria of Zirakpur.
“Timon proves that adopting a dog from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a joy and love that words can’t express,” says PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Although only one dog could win PETA’s contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
“Timon was just 2 months old when I rescued him from someone whose family did not approve of a dog being around in the house. The moment I saw his picture, I decided to adopt him no matter what,” says Shah. “Now it has been [more than a year], and we just can’t get enough of him.”
PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian community dog from the streets or an animal shelter, rather than buying puppies from pet shops. Breeders and pet shops often keep animals in dismal conditions, and because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears and drooping backs, many of them suffer from ailments, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
Timon will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.