Chennai Cats Are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
8 August 2016

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline

Chennai – 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 two of the 10 finalists: Chikki Panda and Whini, whose guardians are Chennai residents Lavanya Nethala and Swetha Priya, respectively. Chikki Panda was abandoned on the streets, and one of her leg bones was dislocated. After Nethala found her, she took her to a veterinarian and got her treated. Chikki Panda is now living happily with her family. Priya found Whini in the rain, and when she realised that the mother was not around, she took her home to live with her.

“We heard [the] voice of a cat shouting in pain and despair. When we picked her up we found that she was not able to walk and was abandoned by her mother”, says Nethala. “Only after three days of treatment, she started responding and started to eat [and] drink. Now she is living happily with us in Manapakkam at our home.”

“Found her in the rain eight months back in Aminjikarai, Chennai. Didn’t have the heart to leave her back there”, says Priya. “Brought her home and decided to be her mother.”

“Chikki Panda and Whini 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 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 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 facilities 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 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 toy. The third-place winner 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 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 August.