GUWAHATI, Aug 6 - After careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and hundreds of votes from members of the public, 'Nanu', whose guardian is city resident Shruti Mishra, has been named the second runner-up in PETA India's Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest.
The feline had edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of the ten finalists. The winner is �Tickles�, whose guardian is Arushi Gorsi of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh and the first runner-up is �Mimi�, whose guardian is Sushmita Patil of Bijapur, Karnataka.
�Nanu proves that adopting a cat from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with joy and love that words can�t express,� PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate said. �Although only one cat could win PETA India�s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes,� she added.
PETA India points out that pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions and contribute to the companion-animal overpopulation crisis by continually churning out more to sell.
PETA India started the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a lovable cat from the streets or an animal shelter.
Shruti will receive a certificate, a cute cat toy for �Nanu� and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk�s and Jane Ratcliffe�s book One Can Make a Difference. The top three cats will appear in the upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India�s magazine for members.
The winner and the runners-up were selected by PETA India based on several factors, including vote count.