For Immediate Release:
20 August 2018
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
The Search Is on to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Canine
Nashik – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable community dogs and reading their rescue stories, the judges for PETA India’s seventh annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected a dog from Nashik as a finalist: Kali, whose guardian is Riya Banerjee. Banerjee brought home Kali – a puppy who was hiding under a car.
“I could see her hiding under a car,” Banerjee told PETA India. “That’s when [my mother and I] decided that we [couldn’t] let her go and [wanted to] keep her with us. She has been welcomed by my family and … nurtured like our very own family member since then. It has been 7 years now that she [has been] with us.”
“Kali is a lucky dog, 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 dogs are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA India urges prospective guardians to adopt a community dog from the streets or an animal shelter, rather than buying puppies from pet shops. Breeders and pet shops often keep animals in dismal conditions, and because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits – such as long ears and drooping backs – they’re prone to health issues, including difficulty breathing, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred counterparts.
The lucky pup who is named the “Cutest Indian Dog Alive” will receive a certificate and a “100 Per Cent Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA India founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share With Your Best Friend. The second- and third-place winners will each receive a certificate and a “100 Per Cent Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and the second-place winner’s guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt. All three winners will be featured 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, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA India will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. The winners will be announced on 29 August 2018. See the full contest details here.