New Delhi: Zarine Khan, who shot to fame as Salman Khan`s leading lady in her Bollywood debut `Veer`, has been conferred the `Hero to Animals` Award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for rescuing a cat.
The actress, who has a soft corner for animals, rescued the malnourished cat from the streets of Mumbai and rushed her to a veterinary hospital.
Not only did she pay regular visits to check on the cats`s progress, but she also walked barefoot to Mahim Dargah to pray for her recovery.
Now the cat has found a shelter in Zarine`s home, who has given her the name Softy.
"The rescue of Softy show that Khan`s beauty is much more than skin deep. We hope that her compassionate action will inspire others to always stop and render aid when they see an animal in distress and to adopt dogs and cats, not buy them," said PETA campaign coordinator Madhuri Deshmukh in a statement.