For Immediate Release:
10 August 2015
The Search Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Aizawl – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of loveable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Charger, whose guardian is VL Dinpuii of Aizawl, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Courageous little Charger faced challenges ranging from paralysis to a respiratory illness, but his guardian stayed by his side and helped him to heal.
“One day, my niece and I heard some mewling sounds coming from our library shelves. Upon investigation, we were shocked to discover two tiny kittens whose eyes were not even open yet”, explains Dinpuii. The mother cat collected one kitten but was unable to take Charger, too. “Charger now enjoys being a healthy grown cat ready to be spoilt every now and then.”
“Charger is a lucky cat, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into his guardian’s life”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA India is holding the contest to urge prospective guardians to adopt a vulnerable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying kittens. Pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by churning out animals to sell. Animals purchased from pet shops are also often bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them.
The guardian of the lucky kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive a certificate, a copy of Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book One Can Make a Difference, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a PETA T-shirt and a cute cat toy. The second-place winner’s guardian will receive a certificate, a copy of the book, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt and a cat toy. The third-place winner will receive a certificate, a copy of the book and a cat toy. The top three kitties will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote for your favourite to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winner, visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner and runners-up based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Voting to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winner ends on 11 August.