For Immediate Release:
10 August 2015
The Vote Is On to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Jammu – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of loveable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Snowy and Laccha, whose guardians are Ramanpreet Singh and Radhika Sharma, respectively, of Jammu, as two of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Snowy was stuck inside a vehicle parked outside Singh’s house and initially was not able to walk. He found her and gave her a loving home. And Sharma rescued Laccha from being stuck in a 20-foot-deep pit.
“I heard the voice of a cat coming from a tourist vehicle parked outside my house”, says Singh. “I called the driver and saw a small kitten there. She was so weak that she was unable to walk, and now Snowy is our family.”
“Laccha was in a very deplorable state with her mouth bleeding and with many injuries” says Sharma. “After proper medical care, she has become a very vital part of my life.”
“Snowy and Laccha 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 urge prospective guardians to adopt a vulnerable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying kittens. Pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions, and they 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.
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 to vote for your favourite to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winner, 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 to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winner ends on 11 August.