Most of you know the story of Jack the cat, the fluffy orange cat who was lost at JFK airport months ago. His owner was moving to California for a job, and American Airlines somehow “mishandled” this precious cargo and Jack got in the baggage area.
He is still missing FOUND! and in an effort to find him, it seems that cats who aren’t Jack are being put in danger.
(UPDATE Wednesday morning: Read the note from American Airlines here about how Jack has been found!)
It’s an sad twist of events, but it looks like people were basically herding cats in or around JFK, and when they are determined not to be Jack, they are being taken to a local shelter … a kill shelter, where they face being put to sleep if they are not adopted.
Many of these cats, according to post on Jack the Cat’s Facebook wall, probably come from feral colonies in the area, where they have been living for years. Now they are being sent to a shelter, where because of their feral personalities, many of them won’t make it out.
For instance, there was a “Jack spotting” around a post office not to long ago. It turned out not to be Jack, but a cat that was picked up during that search was taken in and has since been sent to the Bridge. Poor, poor kitty, whose only crime was that she wasn’t Jack.
So what can we do to help? Some of these cats being taken in are as young as 8-week old kittens. Some are older, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You can see pictures of them and links to their Petharbor listings on Jack the Cat’s Facebook page. (You might have to scroll to see them, but please do!)
If you see a kitty you would like to share with your network of friends and family, please do! The more we can get the word out about these cats, the more likely it will be that someone will know someone who will know someone who can spare a kitty’s life.
Let’s all keep hoping Jack is found jumping up and down and celebrating the fact that Jack was found, and that all these not-Jacks can find homes in his honor.
Here are some links to the cats who aren’t Jack that they’ve posted so far. As long as the links work, the kitties are still there and waiting for someone to help them:
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