Emirates offers to pay stowaway kitten's £1,000 quarantine fees
A stowaway kitten which arrived in Britain in the cargo hold of an Emirates jet is set to be rehomed - after the airline offered to pay her quarantine fees.
The well-travelled cat was given the name Cairo in late August after being found at Birmingham Airport in a shipment originating in Egypt.
Staff at Solihull Council then managed to secure a place for the kitten at Derby-based Lina's Cat Rescue, saving the animal from the prospect of being put to sleep.
The animal charity had offered to pay £1,000 for Cairo's quarantine but Emirates have now stepped in to foot the bill.
The cat has been declared rabies-free, although she faces a further three months of monitoring to ensure she has no other diseases before being found a permanent home.
Sheryl Leonardi, the founder of Lina's Cat Rescue, a non-profit-making network of volunteers, said: "We have a strict 'No Kill' policy for healthy cats and when contacted by Solihull Council we were happy to take on the responsibility for all her costs.
"We are so grateful to Emirates for offering to fund her quarantine period, which means this money can now be spent on other needy cats in our care.
"As a small group of volunteers totally funded from donations and fundraising events, their generosity is extremely welcome."
Solihull Council public protection officer Esther Atkins said: "A colleague told me what was going on and I knew that if we didn't do something fast the kitten would be put down.
"As an animal lover I couldn't let that happen and so I got in contact with a cat rescue centre near the quarantine facility.
"I'm so glad we've been able to save Cairo and I'm sure someone will come forward to home her once the full quarantine period is over."