For Immediate Release:
11 June 2013
Award-Winning Actor Interrupts Shoot to Rescue Animals Struggling to Survive
Mumbai – On Sunday, 9 June, award-winning actor and long-time PETA supporter Madhuri Dixit was at Filmistan with her husband, Dr Shriram Nene, for the shoot of her show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, when she saw seven puppies drenched from the previous night’s rain and struggling for their lives. Madhuri interrupted the shoot, and she, Dr Nene and the show’s director, Saahil Chhabria, immediately contacted PETA and stayed with the puppies until help arrived. These puppies and others who have been found struggling to survive in the monsoon rains are now in need of homes. Interested persons can contact PETA at [email protected].
“It has been raining cats and dogs, and many puppies and kittens are now in need of good homes. Madhuri Dixit’s, Dr Nene’s and Saahil Chhabria’s kind deed will inspire many people to come forward to help animals in distress”, says PETA India’s Sachin Bangera. “This act of compassion shows that Madhuri is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. People can help animals by contacting PETA if they are looking to welcome a dog or cat into their homes, by getting their own animal companions sterilised and by supporting the sterilisation efforts of nongovernmental organisations such as PETA.”
This isn’t the first time that Madhuri has helped animals. A few months ago, she saw a crow hanging from a wire at her window and quickly called her friends at PETA to help free the bird. In 2001, after learning that elephants were being mercilessly killed in Assam, she sent a letter on behalf of PETA India to officials in that region.
Madhuri made her film debut in Abodh in 1984 and received wider public recognition with Tezaab in 1988. She has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, and holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (13) at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award granted by the government of India. Madhuri currently has two films in the works.
Across India, stray dogs and cats struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them starve to death or are injured, abused or hit by vehicles. Countless others are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years. Sterilisation helps keep animals off the streets and out of shelters, and sterilised animals also live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.
PETA India encourages the public to adopt an animal from a shelter or the streets and always to have their dogs and cats sterilised.
Anyone interest in adopting one or more of the puppies should e-mail PETA India at [email protected].
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.