For Immediate Release:
9 August 2016
The Vote Is on to Help PETA Decide Who It Should Name as the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Guwahati – 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: Mustard and Eva, whose guardians are Guwahati residents Nandini Baruva and Karishma Deka, respectively. Mustard was drenched and dragging himself outside Baruva’s house when she found him. A veterinarian said that the kitten had sustained a spinal injury. With Baruva’s help, Mustard has recovered and is now playful- and he’s the centre of her life. Deka rescued Eva, then just a kitten, when dogs were barking at her outside Karishma’s house on a stormy winter night. The golden feline is now a beloved member of the family.
“I found him drenched and dragging himself outside my house on a heavily raining day”, says Baruva. “I took him to [a veterinarian] who gave me hope and treated him … He is my baby and completes my world.”
“There, [among the rubble] of broken bricks, was a cute little golden-colored cat, and five street dogs were barking at her”, says Deka. “That was three years back. That little kitten is now a part of our family and … a major source of inspiration and happiness for all of us.”
“Mustard and Eva 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 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 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 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 August.