For Immediate Release:
9 August 2016
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 three of the 10 finalists: Puchi, Bicchu, and Ms Lollipop, whose guardians are Kolkata residents Ankita Dutta, Saikat Sarkar, and Sudipta Choudhwry, respectively. Dutta rescued Puchi when she found her drenched and crying in the rain. She took her home, and now Puchi gets all the love she deserves. Sarkar rescued Bicchu as a pack of stray dogs were approaching the newborn kitten. Bicchu has been sterilised and is now in a loving home. And when someone abandoned two kittens on Choudhwry’s doorstep, leaving them in the rain all night, one was dead by the time she found them. She named the other Ms Lollipop.
“I found this little angel crying in the grass. She was very young, hardly a couple of weeks old”, says Dutta. “With a little petting, she settled into my arms and she never let go. Now she loves her home, she is very active and loves playing with her brothers and sisters.”
“I saw a pack of violent stray dogs were approaching, and Bicchu jumped into the nearest bushes to save herself”, says Sarkar. “She came home in my jacket. Now she is 7 months old.”
“When I found Ms Lollipop, her sister was already dead from being in the rain all night, maybe even longer”, says Choudhwry. “I immediately took her in.”
“Puchi, Bicchu, and Ms Lollipop 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 Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA India 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 facilities 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 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 will select the winner and runners-up based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Voting ends on 11 August.