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

For Immediate Release:
31 July 2018

Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Nanu Second Runner-Up in Contest

Assam – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and hundreds of votes from members of the public to help them decide, Nanu, whose guardian is Tiniali resident Shruti Mishra, has been named the second runner-up in PETA India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. The feline had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner is Tickles, whose guardian is Arushi Gorsi of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. And the first runner-up is Mimi, whose guardian is Sushmita Patil of Bijapur, Karnataka.

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

“It was raining heavily [in the] last three days, and it was all floody throughout. That’s when I saw two li’l balls of fur in extremely bad condition. They … [had been] drenched in rain [and] separated from [their] mother [and were] crying and hungry,” says Shruti. “I immediately took them into my arms [and] they snuggled quietly. That is when Nanu and Keanu became a part of my family.”

PETA India points out that pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by continually churning out more to sell. Many animals purchased from pet shops are bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them. PETA India created the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter.

Shruti will receive a certificate, a cute cat toy for Nanu, and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book, One Can Make a Difference. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members. The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA India based on several factors, including vote count.

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