Pune Cat Nabs Second Place in PETA’s ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:

14 July 2017


Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Candy First Runner-Up in the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive Contest

Pune – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and hundreds of votes from members of the public to help them decide, Candy, whose guardian is Aishwarya Patil of Pune, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Candy had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner of the contest is Licky, whose guardian is Urshita Das of Kolkata. And the second runner-up is Jhumu, whose guardian is Simran Karmakar of Cuttack.

“Candy proves that adopting a cat from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with joy and love that words can’t express,” PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate says. “Although only one cat could win PETA’s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”

Candy was rescued by Patil from danger on a busy road. “[T]here was [a] huge water tanker coming…. I ran to this kitten and just caught her tight and ran,” Patil recounts.

Pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by continually churning out more to sell. Many animals purchased from pet shops are bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter, instead of buying one.

Patil will receive a certificate, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, a cute cat toy for Candy, and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book, One Can Make a Difference. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members. The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.

For more information about Candy and the other cats in the contest, please visit PETAIndia.com.