Bhopal Cat Takes First Place in PETA’S ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
12 August 2014

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

Group Names Mucchi the Top Cat in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day

Bhopal – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Mucchi, whose guardian is Samia Ahmed of Bhopal, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s first Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest,just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (16 August). Mucchi had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of the 10 finalists. The second-place winner of the contest is Lucy, whose guardian is Neha Kiron ofHyderabad, and the third-place winner is Melody, whose guardian is Trupti Mulajkarof Pune.

“Mucchi 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 Mucchi won our contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

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”, Ahmed says. “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.”

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 lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter, not buy one.

Mucchi will receive veggie-shaped cat toys and a first-place certificate, and Ahmed will receive an autographed copy of PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt and a PETA logo T-shirt.

For more information about Mucchi and the two runners-up, please visit

The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.