For Immediate Release:
10 July 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
The Vote Is on to Help PETA Decide Who It Should Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Chhindwara – 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 Tillu, whose guardian is Chhindwara resident Soni Bhammerker, as one of the 10 finalists. Bhammerker rescued the little kitten after finding her crying on a rooftop and discovering that her mother had died. The adorable feline is now a permanent member of her rescuer’s family.
“When I found Tillu, her mother was already dead,” says Bhammerker. “Her survival was totally doubtful, but her innocent little blue eyes provided me with strength, and I started taking care of her. She survived this tough situation and is a very loyal and disciplined cat.”
“Tillu 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 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 typically 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 prize is 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’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.