For Immediate Release:
21 September 2015
The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch
Vadodara – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs”, along with their rescue stories, – the judges have selected Lucky, whose guardian is Shikha Patel of Vadodara, as a finalist in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Shikha rescued Lucky after she noticed that he had a bite wound. This adorable dog received medical treatment and is now living happy and healthy with Shikha.
“I was leaving for my workplace in the morning, when all of a sudden, we started hearing a loud noise – this pup was crying in pain. I got worried, as the pain and the bite were very bad”, Shikha says. “I was making him eat, giving him the medicine syrups, and in a few days when he started recovering, he got attached to my other dogs and family, so we decided not to leave him.”
“Lucky is indeed a lucky dog, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Shikha’s life”, 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 from pet shops or breeders. 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 medical conditions, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their “purebred” cousins are.
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 PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. They will be announced on 28 September. See the full contest details here.