For Immediate Release:
4 August 2015
The Search Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Mysore – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Sparky, whose guardian is Avinash Kumar of Mysore, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Kumar found Sparky inside an auto rickshaw engine and helped nurse the injured cat back to health.
Sparky was found “inside a three wheeler auto rickshaw engine with a slight bruise on the hind limb and severe constipation but otherwise healthy”, says Kumar. He fully recovered and is now a healthy and happy cat.
“Sparky is a lucky cat, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing love and joy into his guardian’s life”, 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’s contest urges prospective guardians to adopt a vulnerable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying a kitten. Pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by churning out animals to sell for profit. Animals purchased from pet shops are also often bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them.
The lucky guardian of the kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive a first-place 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 second-place certificate, a copy of One Can Make a Difference, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt and a cute cat toy. The third-place winner’s guardian will receive a third-place certificate, a copy of One Can Make a Difference and a cute 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 to vote for your favourite to help PETA decide who it should choose as the winner, visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner and runners-up based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here. Voting to help PETA decide who it should choose as the winner ends on 11 August.