For Immediate Release:
31 July 2018
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Group Names Mimi First Runner-Up in the Contest
Karnataka – 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, Mimi, whose guardian is Bijapur resident Sushmita Patil, has been named the first runner-up in PETA India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. The feline had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner is Tickles, whose guardian is Arushi Gorsi of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. And the second runner-up is Nanu, whose guardian is Shruti Mishra of Tiniali, Assam.
“Mimi 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.”
“[Mimi] also had [an] upper respiratory tract infection. With all the medications, he became [all right], and his right eye was saved. But it was too late to save his left eye,” says Sushmita. “But it doesn’t matter, as he is a very strong boy! He has a very beautiful heart. He is happy. He doesn’t bother about his illnesses.”
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.
Sushmita will receive a certificate, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a cute cat toy for Mimi, 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 Mimi and the other cats in the contest, please visit PETAIndia.com.