For Immediate Release:
5 August 2014
The Vote 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 Melody and Muimui, whose guardians are Trupti Mulajkar and Bhushan Khedkar, respectively,of Pune, as two of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s first Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. After being attacked by “street 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. Khedkar’s sister was at a yoga class when Muimui, then 2 to 3 months old, entered the room and took a liking to her. The cat was hungry, weak, ill and unwanted, so Khedkar’s sister took the kitten home. Now treated with kindness and love, the kitten has become a valued family member.
“Melody was rescued from the streets when she was only a few weeks old”, Mulajkar says. “Melody 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.”
“[Muimui] was rescued by my sister”, Khedkar says. “This baby cat suddenly entered her class and went inside my sister’s sweater! He is healthy now after his treatment. We all love him a lot, and now he is like one of our family members.”
“Melody and Muimui are lucky cats, indeed, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into their 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 is running the contest to urge prospective guardians to adopt a vulnerable cat from the streets or an animal shelter instead of buying kittens. 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.
The lucky kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive veggie-shaped cat toys and a first-place certificate, and the guardian will receive an autographed copy of PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote for your favourite, visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. Voting ends on 8 August.