For Immediate Release:
4 August 2014
The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Bhopal – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Mucchi, whose guardian is Samia Ahmed of Bhopal, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s first Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest.Kids in the street had tied a rope around Mucchi’s neck and were dangling her like a toy when Ahmed stepped in and rescued her.
“I am proud to say that she is a rescued cat, not one that I bought from a market but someone whose life I saved”, Ahmedsays. “Mucchi cannot meow properly – the rope destroyed her vocal cords. But she is mine, and I am hers. That is all that matters, and today I sleep peacefully with Mucchi in my arms, knowing that I made a change, that I rescued a cat.”
“Mucchi 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 India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA India is running 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 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 lucky kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive veggie-shaped cat toys and a first-place certificate, and the guardian will receive an autographed copy of PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote for your favourite, visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. Voting ends on 8 August.