For Immediate Release:
10 July 2017
Sachin Bangera [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]
Urshita Das [email protected]
The Vote Is On to Help PETA Decide Who It Should Name as the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Kolkata – 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 Licky, whose guardian is Kolkata resident Urshita Das. She rescued him after he was left under the water tank on her terrace. After receiving plenty of love and care, he became a part of the family.
“He was abandoned when he was barely 3 weeks old. His other siblings were missing. It was during a winter afternoon that we heard his feeble meows and located him,” says Das. “We took him in and fed him. From that day onwards, Licky became family. My parents got a son, and I got a baby brother.”
“Licky is a lucky cat, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into his guardian’s life,” 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 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’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and vote for your favourite, 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 ends on 11 July.