Hallelujah! Jack Is Back!
As I reported last week, Jack went missing at the end of August when his crate toppled off the top of a baggage cart at JFK Airport and broke open, causing the terrified cat to flee to the nearest dark corner.
Thousands of people rallied to Jack's aid and have been looking for him ever since.
And last night at 10:30 p.m. EST, American Airlines posted a note on its Facebook page that Jack had been found.
When airline staff discovered the long-missing cat in the airport's customs room, they rushed him to an emergency vet clinic in Queens, where he was scanned for a microchip and examined by a vet. The chip revealed that the cat was, in fact, Jack, and his owner, Karen Pascoe, was contacted immediately.
Jack had lost quite a bit of weight during his ordeal and he was dehydrated, but other than that, the clinic reports that the cat is doing well.
American plans to fly Jack to California and reunite him with Pascoe and his kitty brother. I sure hope they fly him in the cabin this time!
What a miracle! Seven weeks gone, in a huge airport full of traps and dangers -- and finally, Jack is going home.
But the lobbying and advocacy for cats on JFK's land isn't over yet. While airport staff were searching for Jack, they found a number of other stray and feral cats, who were taken to New York City Animal Care & Control (ACC) -- a very high-kill shelter, where they literally have only a few days to find a home before they're killed.
The Jack the Cat Is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK Facebook page has a number of links to PetHarbor, a lost-and-found pet search database. Unfortunately, the site isn't very user-friendly and I can't see any easy way to get information on the cats themselves -- unless you know the zip code where the cat was found and what it looks like, that is.
Fortunately, my wonderful fellow Catster blogger, Dorian Wagner, found the actual listings of the non-Jack cats needing urgent assistance. Check out her post in The Cat's Meow blog fore more information.
Just like the hundreds of people who joined the search for Jack and the thousands that have been hoping and praying for him all these weeks, I'd hate to see these other cats killed because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
UPDATE: At approximately 12:45 p.m. EST, the Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK Facebook page reported that Pascoe talked to the vet this morning. She found out that Jack is stable but will need treatment for at least the next 3-5 days. He developed fatty liver disease, which is pretty common when cats don't eat for a while. He's being fed through a nasal tube and, although he needs to get healthier before he can fly back home, Pascoe is confident that Jack is getting great care to help him along the road to recovery.