Guwahati Cat Nabs Second Place in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
16 August 2016

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Group Names Mustard First Runner-Up in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day

Guwahati – 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, Mustard, whose guardian is Nandini Baruva of Guwahati, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest – just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (20 August). Mustard had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner of the contest is Whini, whose guardian is Swetha Priya of Chennai. And the second runner-up is Baba Ghanush, whose guardian is Abhishek Prusty of Cuttack.

“Mustard 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 only one cat could win PETA’s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

With Baruva’s help, Mustard recovered from a spinal injury and is now very playful – and the centre of her life. “I found him drenched and dragging himself outside my house on a heavily raining day”, she says. “I took him to [a veterinarian] who gave me hope and treated him … He is my baby and completes my world.”

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.

Baruva 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, and a cute cat toy for Mustard. 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 Mustard and the other cats in the contest, please visit