Aligarh Cat Nabs Second 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 Viber First Runner-Up in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day

Aligarh – After  careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Viber, whose guardian is Ariba Zainab of Aligarh, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (15 August). Viber 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 Charger, whose guardian is VL Dinpuii of Aizawl.

“Viber 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.”

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.”

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, not buy one.

Viber will receive a certificate, a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book One Can Make a Difference, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt 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 Viber 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.