Jack The Cat Has Died

Rest In Peace Jack

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Rest In Peace Jack

Dear readers, it is with a heavy heart that I must report Jack the Cat has died over the weekend. He has joined all of our beloved cats on the Rainbow Bridge. Here's a statement released Sunday on his Facebook page.

"Dear FoJs:
It is with tears that I must tell you that Jack has gone over the rainbow bridge.  (continued in 1st comment) He was with Karen yesterday, and his condition was worsening.  He was treated overnight, and she (and I) both had extensive conversations with the vets at Blue Pearl regarding his condition.  Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost.  Despite antibiotics, the infections were worsening, and his skin was continuing to deteriorate.  He needed surgery to treat the wounds, but there was not enough available skin to close the wounds after the surgery.  The vet compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50-60% of his body.  The vet was very clear that she had conferred with every possible doctor regarding options for Jack, but none of them left him with a substantial chance of survival and all of them involved him suffering.  Jack had been through so much, and the last thing anyone wanted was for him to suffer more.  Jack was bathed in love and crossed over just a few minutes ago.
We thank everyone who has gone on this journey with us.  We have been introduced to people we have come to not only respect, but love.  We will continue our work on this page? and will also be starting a dedicated website in Jack?s honor.  We want people to understand the risks that attend putting an animal in cargo, and we hope to spur change in the industry so that no one else ever has to go through this again.  We honor Jack, we honor all the other animals who have been killed, injured, or lost while being transported through cargo procedures, and we honor all of you who have taken the time to share your kindness and love with us."

Karen, we are all so sorry for your loss. We all had him in our hearts and prayers hoping he would recover from his ordeal. If any cat ever deserved a chance for a new and better life it was Jack.

His death was not in vain, as it increased awareness in the danger of pets flying in cargo. I doubt any of us will ever look at flying a pet the same way again.

Karen, if there's anything you wish to say to the media thru me, please contact me at elisablacktaylor@yahoo.com. You have the sympathy of millions. We feel your loss. I don't know what else to say because nothing I say will bring back your precious boy.


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Jan 09, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I a so sorry to hear about Jack. What a sweet kitty! To think that mishandling contributed to his being lost and eventual death is just too much. The airlines need to realize that they are family; they are our babies!! I pray tha this never happens to any other cat; it's just too heartbreaking!!

Nov 27, 2011
Jack The Cat Has Died
by: dru

run free, precious Jack............i'm so very sorry that u were not found in time.....

Nov 09, 2011
Links for Jack's Law petition do not work
by: Grahame

Elisa, I went straightway to the Jack's Law petition but despite several tweaks and attempts, I could not get any of the links to work. I was using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox to access the page(s).

Nov 08, 2011
by: Elisa


Nov 08, 2011
It just about happened to our two cats as well
by: Grahame

Some time ago, we flew with two cats in one largish carrier from Europe to the USA. Upon arrival, we were advised that our cats were not along: they had been lost at DeGaulle Airport during a flight changeover.

We were not permitted to fly with our cats in the cabin.

Air France lost the cats, and they assigned a staff person to find them and to keep in touch with us. This he did. The cats were found after about 3 days, apparently in the cargo section of the French airport.

We had provided food and water for one day. We have no idea what, if anything, the cats were provided after that was consumed. Their cage was sopping wet when we received them. It was a nightmare for all of us!

Our cats recovered well, and it seems that hepatic lipidosis was not a sequel. We were never given any explanation at all concerning where our cats had been and whether or not they received any care whilst detained, or lost.

We have relived this horrible experience whilst trying to keep informed about poor Cat Jack. We deeply empathise with Jack's people, and it does indeed feel to us that Jack was one of our cats. We've been through this, and are extremely saddened at the poor outcome for Jack and his people.

Nov 08, 2011
by: Michael

I feel sadness for Jack and all domestic cats that die too soon.

Thanks for the update Elisa.

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