Aizawl Cat Nabs Third Place in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
14 August 2015

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Charger Second Runner-Up in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day

Aizawl – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Charger, whose guardian is VL Dinpuii of Aizawl, has been named the second runner-up in PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest – just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (15 August). Charger had earlier edged out hundreds of other loveable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner of the contest is Foku, whose guardian is Swarnima Tiwari of Tura. And the second runner-up is Viber, whose guardian is Ariba Zainab of Aligarh.

“Charger proves that adopting a cat from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a joy and love that words can’t express”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Although only one cat could win PETA’s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

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.”

PETA points out that 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. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a loveable cat from the streets or an animal shelter.

Charger will receive a certificate, a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book One Can Make a Difference and a cute cat toy. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.

For more information about Charger and the other cats in the contest, please visit

The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.