For Immediate Release:
18 July 2018
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Voting Is Open to Help the Group Decide Whom It Should Name as the Country’s Cutest Rescued Feline
Shimla – 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 the 10 finalists, including Tickles, whose guardian is Himachal Pradesh resident Arushi Gorsi. Tickles and her two siblings were found after their mother died. Arushi fell in love with Tickles at first sight and found homes for her siblings. The feline is now a very important part of the family.
“It was love at first sight for us. She clung on to my shoulder and came home with me,” says Arushi. “It’s been almost two years since that day, and she’s what keeps me alive.”
“Tickles 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 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 India 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’s guardian 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 India will select the winner and runners-up based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Voting ends on 30 July.