Chennai Cat Takes First Place in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
16 August 2016

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

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

Chennai – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and hundreds of votes to help them decide who they should choose to win, Whini, whose guardian is Swetha Priya of Chennai, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest – just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (20 August). Whini had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The second-place winner of the contest is Mustard, whose guardian is Nandini Baruva of Guwahati. And the third-place winner is Baba Ghanush, whose guardian is Abhishek Prusty of Cuttack.

“Whini 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 CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Although Whini won our contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

Priya found Whini in the rain, and when she realised that her mother was not around, she took her home to live with her. “Didn’t have the heart to leave her back there”, she says. “Brought her home and decided to be her mother.”

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.

Priya 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, a PETA T-shirt, and a cute cat toy for Whini. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members. The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

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