A strange telephone call came through to Solihull Trading Standards last Thursday morning. A very young kitten had secretly stowed aboard a flight into Birmingham Airport from Egypt! She was quickly christened ‘Cairo’ by Birmingham Airport Staff.
An experienced animal welfare officer from Solihull MBC Environmental Health team dealt with the issue. Under Rabies legislation the kitten was transferred to a quarantine facility, where she had to stay for at least 14 days. On day 15 we had 3 options:i) a further 3 1/2 months in quarantine ii) re-export the kitten – this was not possible as there was no owner in Egypt (iii) Put the kitten to sleep. Because of the considerable costs involved in maintaining the kitten it looked like option 3 was sadly our only choice. However, after further attempts to prevent this, the Environmental Health Officer has managed to find a rescue centre called Lina’s Cat Rescue in the East Midlands who will cover the costs for maintaining the kitten and secure a full time home for her!
A happy ending all round. If you wish to make a donation to Lina’s Cat rescue they can be contacted via their website http://linascatrescue.com/