by Elisa Black-Taylor
Jack the Cat found!
Jack the Cat, who gained worldwide attention after being lost while in the care of American Airlines, has been found!!
I've followed this story from the beginning and grew more depressed with each passing day and no sign of Jack.
Jack was lost on August 25, 2011 at JFK when he escaped his carrier while his owner Karen Pascoe prepared to board a plane from New York to California. According to American Airlines, the two cats Karen was flying to California were in carriers placed on top of each other when the carrier containing Jack fell and he escaped.
This incident started a major attack on how American Airlines mishandled the escape and hopefully will lead to more stringent care for animals who fly their airlines.
Jack was found in the customs area on Tuesday and he was identified by his 24PetWatch microchip. Here's a statement made on his Facebook page, which has over 15,000 members.
"Karen spoke to the vet this morning... Jack is stable but will need treatment for at least the next 3-5 days. He does have fatty liver disease, which occurs when a cat hasn't eaten in a while. He is currently not stable enough to be operated on, and is being fed through a nasal tube. There's every reason to believe he's going to be ok, but he definitely needs to get healthier before he can fly back home. Karen is VERY confident he is getting GREAT care and she will be coming back to NYC to pick him up and celebrate very soon!!! Please keep your prayers coming... Jack still needs our good energy so that he will feel great soon!!!!"
For more updates on Jack, here's the link to his Facebook page.
His discovery comes on the heels of Jack the Cat day on October 22 when a massive search was held at the airport. Thousands of volunteers volunteer their time in person and online to spread the word about this beautiful lost cat.
One report stated American Airlines will pay for the round trip flight to reunite Jack the Cat with his mama and for them to fly back to California. Another said the airline will pay to transport Jack to California when he's well enough to fly.
Jack, I hope you get to fly in the cabin this time.
This happy ending a a testament to the effectiveness of microchipping your pet. All of my rescues are microchipped through the company Jack the Cat is registered with and I highly recommend them as they contact all vets and shelters in the area once a cat is reported as lost.
It's SO nice to be able to report a happy ending for this story!