For Immediate Release:
10 July 2017
Gowri Roy C [email protected]
Swathi Nayak [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]
Sachin Bangera [email protected]
The Vote Is on to Help PETA Decide Who It Should Name as the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Bengaluru – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest have selected the 10 finalists, including Billu and Garfield, whose guardians are Bengaluru residents Gowri Roy C and Swathi Nayak, respectively. Billu struggled to survive on the streets after his mother and siblings died. Roy decided to foster him temporarily, but in the end, he was too adorable to let go. Garfield was dumped like rubbish and ended up inside a dustbin van, but luckily, Nayak heard his cries. He was scared and thirsty and had intestinal worms, so she took him for veterinary treatment, and he recovered well.
“[Billu] was one amongst the six kittens born and the only one to have lived,” says Roy. “My mother was the one who decided to take Billu in just to foster until she could find a permanent home. And seven years later, he’s not just my mom’s son but the most pampered one in the family.”
“We found a kitten dumped inside the dustbin van,” Nayak explains. “He looked scared and thirsty, and the weather was very hot. We took him home, and he now lives with our other two rescued cats and is very happy.”
“Billu and Garfield are lucky cats, indeed, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into their guardians’ lives,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “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 encourage prospective guardians to adopt animals from the streets or shelters instead of buying them from pet shops or breeders, as these businesses often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis. Animals in 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’s guardian 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 vote for your favourite, 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 ends on 11 July.