For Immediate Release:
31 August 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup
Pondicherry – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs, as well as their rescue stories, the judges for PETA India’s sixth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected a dog from Pondicherry as a finalist: Juju, whose guardian is Ankit Tyagi. Juju was found in a heap of garbage when she was a puppy. Tyagi took her to a veterinarian and got her de-wormed.
“I was going to market with my wife, when on the side of the road, I saw a small puppy searching for food on the heap of garbage,” says Tyagi. “We just picked her up and brought her to our home, where we saw she was full of lice and ticks, so we immediately went to a vet to get her anti-tick medicine and a de-worming tablet. After that, we washed her and gave her food and a soft bed. After the love and warmth given by us, she felt comfortable with us. She is the most lovable and adorable furball.”
“Juju is a lucky dog and has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into her guardian’s life,” says PETA 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 urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian 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, many of them suffer from health ailments, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a certificate and a “100% 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 founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share With Your Best Friend. The second-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members. To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and vote for your favourite, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. The winners will be announced on 4 September 2017. See the full contest details here.