Updated: July 19, 2018 5:51:10 pm
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.
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.
“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.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.