Cat Lost On Alaska Airlines Flight!


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Another airline cat has gone missing. I just got off of the phone with Bonnie Folz, who is coordinating a search for a cat lost on an Alaska Airlines flight somewhere between Tuscon, Arizona to Seattle, Washington on Saturday.

Wenty, a grey and white cat traveling on Alaska Airlines yesterday, has gone missing. He was traveling with another cat, part of the same family, and both cats were on a flight from Tuscon, Arizona to Seattle, Washington. He is a very skittish cat, and for the purposes of the flight, his owner had him sedated.

The only details that we have at this time is that when the bag handler went to retrieve his crate, Wenty was not in it. The handler noticed at the time the crate was lighter in weight than it should be.

Right now plans are being carried out to keep that plane on the ground in Seattle for a thorough search to see if Wenty is still on the plane. At this time, it's believed he's either on the Alaska Airlines plane or somewhere on the grounds at Tuscon, Arizona.

If any local rescue groups can help with the ground search in Tuscon, please post on the Facebook page for George here (this link is broken Nov 2016), or call
Bonnie Folz at 917-626-1374. Please cross post/share as much as possible. This is now the third cat that has gone missing since August 25, 2011-Jack, George and now Wenty!!!

Bonnie told me during our phone conversation that a Facebook page will be made this evening for Wenty the cat and information will also be crossposted on the George and Jack Facebook pages.

This is all the information I have at this time. The owner's name isn't yet known and I wanted to get this information online as quickly as possible.

I also would like to report that since Jack's death, American Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This should send a clear signal to the airlines that we are tired of our pets being treated as baggage and we're not going to take it anymore.

I said in my previous article concerning George, who isn't dead but has yet to be located, that I would scream if I had to report another lost airline cat case.

Excuse me now while I go scream!


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Cat Lost On Alaska Airlines Flight!

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Feb 03, 2012
Going out for good scream!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I hope your "scream" was of great help, more often than not I feel the same way, specially as I read of our children (cats) misplaced/abused by incompetent airline handlers.
We need better carriers to protect/help our children especially during a stressful time, my cats are my family & we expect nothing short of excellent care.
My heart goes to those whose cats are MIA !
Best Wishes,

Feb 03, 2012
Our pets are family & deserve extra care !! NEW
by: Anonymous

Animal lovers that we are (
for close to 50 yrs) our pets are family & precious, Pets do not deserve to be placed in cargo specially is sedated, which complicates matters.
Pet carriers should have @ least 2 locks that can only be opened by human hands, name/data of pet & owners & emergency phone numbers.
Our kids deserve nothing less but much better care when traveling, flying is stressfull as is, please don't add to it,
Our childrens lifes are @ stake

Dec 05, 2011
Wenty rescued and safe!!!!
by: Janet

He was found at Sea Tac airport! A worker found him-saw little white paws sticking out from under baggage carasoul-looked under with flashlight and grabbed him! Yay! Thank God Alaska Airlines informed all employees that cat was missing!!!!!

Dec 05, 2011
lost cat
by: cat lady

What a terrible ordeal for this poor owner. How could this be happening so frequently lately. I mean, you can't make this stuff up? I tmakes me wonder how many times it has happened before and no one made a big deal about it. Is it a phenonomen lately, with "Jack" the lost cat in NY a few months ago? Now this little guy not even being found in his cage, no lock? . I am very curious how this will turn out and sad for the owner, it must be heartwrenching for her, as it would be for me.
Many years ago I had a Chocolate Labrador retreiver (9yrs at the time) and somehow I lost his calm down tablets on the way from LA to Philly, two days later my Choco had a stroke and managed to live another 8 months from all the love I showered on him. I wouldn't trust any Airline at this point to keep my beloved fur baby in the Baggage room, only way I would travel would be if they were right next to me or on top of my lap.

Dec 04, 2011
by: Anonymous

How Scary they need a special set up for animals traveling... A steel cage to hold their own carrier so if the animal got out they can't get out of their cage!

Can't imagine what the cat and family are going through right now!

Praying for a safe miracle and return!

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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