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Nanu the cat could bring Assam glory in this unique contest

In PETA’s bid to motivate people to adopt pets, a “cutest rescued cat contest” draws hundreds of entries from pet parents around the country. Nanu, who was rescued from a pond in Assam’s Tezpur, is among the ten finalists.

By: Express Web Desk | Guwahati |
Updated: July 19, 2018 5:51:10 pm
Cutest Cat Contest PETA Nanu was rescued from a pond in Tezpur by Shruti Mishra.

They say a cat has nine lives. But for Nanu, who was close to drowning in a pond in Tezpur, Assam, even one was precious. Rescued from a pond by Shruti Mishra, an Air Force official, on a rainy day, Nanu today happily gorges on tuna, watches National Geographic on TV and “slaps” dogs. She also happens to be one of the ten finalists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Cutest Rescued Cat Alive contest.

“I was on my way to work when I spotted Nanu. She was almost dead. Her lungs had filled up with water. Unfortunately not a single veterinary doctor who treats cats practises in Tezpur. I had to rush her almost 50km away to a military hospital in the nearby town of Misamari,” says Mishra, who heard about PETA’s contest from the same military vet who saved Nanu one year ago.

Cutest Cat Contest PETA The ten “finalist cats” hail from different states from across the country.

PETA’s annual online contest ‚ which started in 2014, is a bid to encourage people to adopt animas instead of buying them. “We ask people to submit their rescue stories along with the cutest photograph of their rescued animal, via an online form. Countless cats are left to languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them,” says a PETA spokesperson.

The ten “finalist cats”, hailing from different states from across the country, were selected among “hundreds of entries” on the basis of how “inspirational and motivating the submitted rescue story was.” The public can now vote for their favourite cat — and the winners will be announced on July 30, on the basis of vote count. PETA also has a similar contest for rescued dogs.

Cutest Cat Contest PETA PETA’s annual online contest ‚ which started in 2014, is a bid to encourage people to adopt animas instead of buying them.

“Nanu is a lucky cat, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into his guardian’s life,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “All rescued cats are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”

Mishra agrees. “She gives me a ‘meow’ call at 4 am every day,” she says, “and that itself is my daily prize.”

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