Shillong: A stray cat rescued from landslide debris in Meghalaya has won the 'Cutest Rescued Cat Alive' contest organised by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
'Foku', rescued from landslide debris in West Garo Hills district last year, edged past nine other rescued felines in the on-line contest for ten finalists, PETA officials said in Shillong on Friday.
"Foku proves that adopting a cat from streets or animal shelter can fill your life with joy and love that words can't express", PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura had said in a statement after results of the national contest was declared in Mumbai on August 10.
"Although Foku won our contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes," she had said declaring the runners up 'Viber' of Aligarh and 'Charger' of Aizawl. 'Foku' was rescued by one S Tiwari locating her shivering and frightened near her house after a landslide in Tura. Soon, 'Foku' became friendly and now was the most prominent member of the family, Tiwari said.
PETA held the contest to promote adoption of vulnerable cats from the streets or an animal shelter rather than buying kitten from stores as pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions.