For Immediate Release:
19 July 2018
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Voting Is Open to Help the Group Decide Whom It Should Name as the Country’s Cutest Rescued Feline
Punjab – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest have selected the 10 finalists, including Maani, whose guardian is Hoshiarpur resident Manjeet Singh, and Meowni, whose guardian is Amritsar resident Harpreet Kaur. Manjeet adopted Maani after learning from his neighbours that the kitten’s mother had died. He is now very playful and happy with his new family. Harpreet found Meowni abandoned and very hungry on a rooftop. Meowni is now 2 years old and loves to play.
“[His] mother was gone [and] he was calling to her. Then he came into our home, [and] initially he was afraid of us, but after some hours he allowed me to touch him, and we fed him,” says Manjeet. “Now he is like our family member.”
“A cat on our roof left a kitten.… I waited, [thinking] that [the] cat may come and feed [her], but she didn’t come back. … I adopted her and named her Meowni,” says Harpreet, who adds that “she is my loyal companion and is very playful.”
“Maani and Meowni 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 Dr Manilal Valliyate. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA is holding the contest to encourage prospective guardians to adopt animals from the streets or shelters instead of buying them from pet shops or breeders, as these businesses often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis. Animals in pet shops are also often bought on impulse and discarded when buyers tire of them.
The guardian of the lucky kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive a 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 India T-shirt, and a cute cat toy. The second-place winner’s guardian will receive a certificate, a copy of the book, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt, and a cat toy. The third-place winner’s guardian will receive a certificate, a copy of the book, and a 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 vote for your favourite, visit PETAIndia.com. PETA India will select the winner and runners-up based on several factors, including vote count. See the full contest details here. Voting ends on 30 July.