Cuttack: After careful scrutiny and voting by judges of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and then adding to that thousands of public votes to help them decide, the jury unanimously named Odisha’s cat Jhumu, as the second runner up in the wildlife voluntary organisation’s “Cutest Rescued Cat Alive’ contest.
Simran Karmakar of Cuttack is the proud caretaker of Jhumu and her joy knew no bounds on hearing the news.
Jhumu was picked by the judges earlier and included among the Best-10 finalists piping scores of other cats. Licky, whose guardian is Urshita Das of Kolkata emerged as the winner of first rank. And the first runner-up is Candy, whose guardian is Aishwarya Patil of Pune.
“Jhumu and other cats have proved that adopting a stray cat or any other animal is too noble and precious,” said PETA CEO, Manilal Valliyate after the results of the contest.
Simran had one fine morning found hungry and uncared for Jhumu in the backyard of her house. She already had a dog. The dog and the cat now have developed a baffling bond between them. They eat together, sleep together, play together and even go on walks together.
Karmakar will receive a certificate, a cute toy cat for Jhumu, and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book, One Can Make a Difference.