For Immediate Release:
17 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
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 Batui, whose guardian is Kolkata resident Sabrina Gaudoin. When Gaudoin found Batui on the street, the feline was covered with ants and close to death. After the kitten regained consciousness, her new guardian took her to the vet. One of her legs was broken and couldn’t be operated on, but Gaudoin has helped her heal, and she’s very content with her new life.
“I took her to the vet for an operation, but the vet said she wouldn’t be able to take … the pain of the surgery, as she [had] just [got] over something terrible. If she is fine hopping around, let her be,” says Gaudoin. “She finally got a new life.”
“Batui is a lucky cat, indeed, and she has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into her 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 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.