Kolkata Cat Takes First Place in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:

14 July 2017


Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Licky the Top Cat in the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive Contest

Kolkata – 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, Licky, whose guardian is Urshita Das of Kolkata, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Licky had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The second-place winner of the contest is Candy, whose guardian is Aishwarya Patil of Pune. And the third-place winner is Jhumu, whose guardian is Simran Karmakar of Cuttack.

“Licky 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,” PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate says. “Although Licky won our contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

Das rescued Licky after he was left under the water tank on her terrace. “We took him in [and] fed [him]. From that day onwards, Licky became family,” she says. “My parents got a son, and I got a baby brother.”

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 created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying one.

Das will receive a certificate, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a PETA T-shirt, a cute cat toy for Licky, 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’s magazine for members. The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

For more information about Licky and the two runners-up, please visit PETAIndia.com.