For Immediate Release:
20 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
Karnataka – 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 Mimi, whose guardian is Bijapur resident Sushmita Patil, and Chutki, whose guardian is Gulbarga resident Radhika Yelsangikar. Mimi is a little fighter who beat all the odds to survive. When he was found by Sushmita, he was suffering from an eye infection and an ulcer as well as a respiratory tract infection, but after months of care and veterinary treatment, he overcame those and is now healthy. Radhika rescued Chutki from beneath a car, where she was hiding because she was injured and scared, and took her home and nursed her back to health.
“[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.”
Radhika says, “I heard a cat screaming [and] as I followed the scream, I found out that there was a cat under a car. She seemed very scared. …[I] brought her home. We took … care of her [and] … named her Chutki.”
“Mimi and Chutki 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 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.