Pune Cat is Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
4 August 2015

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

The Search Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline

Pune – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Laura, whose guardian is Sunil Dolwani of Pune, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Laura was lucky that Sunil heard her meows of distress and took her home.

“I saw this tiny cat [who] would fit in your shirt pocket screaming in pain, probably hungry and crying for her mother. [Once] I got her home, both me and my wife read a little more about cats and started feeding her and taking care of her”, says Sunil. “She has become an integral part of my family and my daily operating world. Can’t imagine a single day without her.”

“Laura is a lucky cat, indeed, and she has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing love and joy into her 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’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 a 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.