For Immediate Release:
10 August 2015
The Search Is On to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Feline
Tura – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of loveable rescued cats – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Foku, whose guardian is Swarnima Tiwari of Tura, as one of 10 finalists in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest. Tiwari found Foku after a landslide near her house, and now Foku is an important part of her family.
“It was heavily raining with landslides all around, and there was a landslide near my house”, Tiwari says. “I went there to see and found a tiny little kitten crying for help, all wet, shivering and very frightened. Very soon she became friendly, and now she is the most prominent member of my family.”
“Foku is a lucky cat, indeed, and she has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into her guardian’s life”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “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 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 guardian of the lucky kitty who is named the Cutest Rescued Cat Alive will receive a certificate, a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’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 certificate, a copy of the book, a “My Cat Is a Rescue” T-shirt and a cute cat toy. The third-place winner’s guardian will receive a certificate, a copy of the book and a cute cat toy. The top three kitties will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote for your favourite to help PETA decide whom 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 the full contest details here. Voting to help PETA decide whom it should choose as the winner ends on 11 August.