The east side's Sip & Purr Cat Café rescued a homeless kitten from Cairo.
Founder Katy McHugh and her 12-year-old son were walking the streets of Cairo when they came across the kitten, now named Nala. McHugh and her son saw Nala alone inside a cage in a pet store.
"Saving Nala was 100 percent unplanned," said McHugh. "The kitten was in rough shape, clearly malnourished and sickly."
McHugh purchased Nala for $5.
"My rescue radar kicked in," she said. "I knew I had to do something."
McHugh took Nala back to her hotel and immediately contacted a Cairo veterinarian, as well as her rescue team in Milwaukee.
She syringe-fed the kitten, took her to the vet and acquired an international health certificate to bring her along on the flight back to Chicago O'Hare.
"My rescue radar kicked in. I knew I had to do something." — Katy McHugh, founder of Sip & Purr Cat Cafe
"She has a long way to go in terms of gaining weight and strength, receiving additional medical care, and adjusting to life in America," said McHugh.
Nala will move to the cat cafe once she is fostered back to full health.