Two Coimbatore Dogs are Finalists in PETA’S ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
18 September 2015

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Coimbatore – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs” – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Manju, whose guardian is Mini Vasudevan, and Max, whose guardian is Shyne Priya, of Coimbatore as finalists in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest.

Manju was a mother struggling for her and her pups’ survival. Mini stepped in to help the family, getting all the pups adopted and having Manju sterilised. Manju appreciated the help so much that she adopted Mini and began staying with her! When Shyne found Max, the dog had she’d been injured in an accident and was unable to walk. After receiving medical care, Max became playful. She is now an integral part of Shyne’s life.

“I saw Manju the first time when she was struggling to find food”, explains Mini. “I slowly befriended her and started feeding her nutritious food. Close on the heels of that, I also got Manju spayed before releasing her back to her territory in the neighbourhood. But then she decided to adopt me – she walked into my house and stayed on forever.”

“I found my Max in the street injured by an accident”, says Shyne. “She is so silent and playful. I love her because she loves me so much.”

“Manju and Max are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Mini’s and Shyne’s lives”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued dogs are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian community dog from the streets or an animal shelter rather than buying puppies or kittens sold in pet shops. Breeders and pet shops often keep animals in dismal conditions, and because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears and drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs suffer from various issues, ranging from breathing problems, cancer and heart disease to bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their “purebred” cousins are.

The guardian of the lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a first-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dogs” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! The second-place winner will receive a second-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dogs” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a third-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.

To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote, please visit PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 28 September. See the full contest details here.