Aligarh Cat is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
7 August 2015

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

The Search Is On to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline

Aligarh – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of loveable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Viber, whose guardian is Ariba Zainab of Aligarh, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Zainab saw Viber when the cat was walking through the streets, wet, alone and being barked at by dogs who then tried to attack her. Zainab rescued Viber, and now the kitty is a beloved family member.

“I was walking in my street and saw some dogs barking. When I went close, I saw a small kitten in a sewer, and dogs were trying to catch her”, Zainab says. “I immediately pulled her out and took her home. She was a little wet. At that time, the kitten was only 15 to 20 days old.”

“Viber is a lucky cat, indeed, and she has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into her guardian’s life”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”

PETA 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 they 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 PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’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 cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’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 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.