For Immediate Release:
12 August 2014
Group Names Lucy Among the Top Cats in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day
Hyderabad – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Lucy, whose guardian is Neha Kiron of Hyderabad, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s first Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest,just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (16 August). Lucy had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner of the contest is Mucchi, whose guardian is Samia Ahmedof Bhopal. The second-place winner is Melody, whose guardian is Trupti Mulajkar ofPune.
“Lucy proves that adopting a cat from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a 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.”
Kiron found brave Lucy lying motionless near a transformer with an injured leg, a burnt nose and a wound on her chest, obvious signs of electrocution.
“Two months of incessant care resulted in one of the most touching moments of my lifetime”, she says. “I watched [Lucy] walk from our front room to the dining hall without support.”
PETA India held the contest to urge prospective guardians to adopt a vulnerable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying a kitten. 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.
Lucy will receive veggie-shaped cat toys and a first runner-up certificate, and Kiron will receive a copy of PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You and a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt.
For more information about Lucy and the other cats, please visit PETAIndia.com.
The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.