For Immediate Release:
14 August 2015
Group Names Foku the Top Cat in the Lead-Up to International Homeless Animals’ Day
Tura – After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Foku, whose guardian is Swarnima Tiwari of Tura, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest – just in time for International Homeless Animals’ Day (15 August). Foku had earlier edged out hundreds of other loveable rescued cats to become one of 10 finalists. The second-place winner of the contest is Viber, whose guardian is Ariba Zainab of Aligarh. And the third-place winner is Charger, whose guardian is VL Dinpuii of Aizawl.
“Foku 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 Foku won our contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes.”
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.”
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 loveable cat from the streets or an animal shelter, not buy one.
Foku will receive a certificate, a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’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 top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
For more information about Foku and the two runners-up, please visit PETAIndia.com.
The winner and runners-up were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.