Himachal Pradesh Cat Takes First Place in PETA India’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:

31 July 2018


Garima Jain; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Tickles the Top Cat in the Contest

Kullu – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and hundreds of votes from members of the public to help them decide, Tickles, whose guardian is Kullu resident Arushi Gorsi, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of the group’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. The feline had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of the 10 finalists. The second-place runner-up is Mimi, whose guardian is Sushmita Patil of Bijapur, Karnataka. And the third-place runner-up is Nanu, whose guardian is Shruti Mishra of Tiniali, Assam.

“Tickles 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 India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Although only one cat could win PETA India’s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

“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.”

PETA India points out that pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by continually churning out more to sell. Many animals purchased from pet shops are bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them. PETA India created the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter.

Arushi will receive a certificate, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a PETA India T-shirt, a cute cat toy for Tickles, and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book, One Can Make a Difference. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members. The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA India based on several factors, including vote count.

For more information about Tickles and the two runners-up, please visit PETAIndia.com.