Pune Cat Second Runner-Up in PETA’S ‘Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:

12August 2014


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Melody Among the Top Winners in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day

Pune – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Melody, whose guardian is Trupti Mulajkarof Pune, has been named the second runner-up in PETA’s first Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest,just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (16 August). Melody had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The winner of the contest is Mucchi, whose guardian is Samia Ahmedof Bhopal. The second-place winner is Lucy, whose guardian is Neha Kiron of Hyderabad.

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

After being attacked by dogs, Melody and her mother were rescued, but sadly, her mother succumbed to her injuries. Mulajkar took Melody in, and they have since become great pals, often playing fun games, such as peek-a-boo, together.

“Melody was rescued from the streets when she was only a few weeks old”, Mulajkar says. “She has now been with us for over a year, and she has developed a few signature traits for herself – she recognizes the sound of the horn from our car and is at the door to receive us so enthusiastically.”

PETA points out that pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion animal overpopulation crisis by churning out animals to sell. Animals purchased from pet shops are also often 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 to adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter.

Melody will receive veggie-shaped cat toys and a second runner-up certificate, and Mulajkar will receive a copy of PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.

For more information about Melody and the other two cats, please visit PETAIndia.com.

The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.