For Immediate Release:
31 August 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup
Zirakpur – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs as well as their rescue stories, the judges for PETA’s sixth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected a dog from Zirakpur as a finalist: Sheru, whose guardian is Dolly Guleria. Sheru was hiding from heavy rains when Guleria first spotted him. The next day, she found the 1-month-old pup sitting on her porch. After she gave him some food, he quickly stole her heart, and she decided to adopt him.
“I saw Sheru when he was about 1 month old, hiding himself from heavy rain. The next morning, I found him sitting in the corner of the veranda. I came close to him, and his body was covered with mites. He was shivering and a little frightened. I offered him nourishment, and he melted my heart,” says Guleria. “Now, he is 2 years old and we are best buddies, and he is smarter than any of the breeds.”
“Sheru is a lucky dog, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into his guardian’s life,” says PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “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. 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 of them suffer from ailments, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share With Your Best Friend. The second-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue Dog” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and vote for your favourite, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 4 September 2017. See the full contest details here.