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Jack the Cat is no longer missing at JFK airport!

We’re stunned and ecstatic; we can only imagine how petmom Karen Pascoe and her sister Mary Beth Griffith Melchior are feeling.

The missing cat case was resolved Tuesday night when American Airlines announced that they had found the lost cat who somehow ended up out of his crate and on the loose at JFK airport in NYC on August 25 of this year. Mary Beth mounted a phenomenally successful social media campaign that brought widespread media coverage, in an effort to keep Jack in the public eye and encourage the airline and airport to go all out to look for him. The effort also engaged a large number of supporters, and brought hands-on help for the search.

Jack was found in the American Airlines section of the airport, thin and dehydrated, and is now at a vet’s. He was positively identified by his microchip.

American Airlines, which took a beating over the circumstances that allowed Jack to go missing, and their perceived waning interest in the case, made the following public announcement last night:

American Airlines is happy to announce that Jack the Cat has been found safe and well at JFK airport. American’s team of airport employees have been focused on the search effort since Jack escaped on August 25, 2011. Jack was found in the customs room and was immediately taken by team members to a local veterinarian. The vet has advised that Jack is doing well at present.

American’s priority was advising Jack’s owner, Ms Pascoe, which occurred immediately after he was identified.  Now we are also happy to advise all other Friends of Jack of this wonderful news. American will fly Jack to California to be reunited with Ms Pascoe.

The ongoing search efforts to locate Jack have included many employees at the airport who have remained vigilant in their search and committed to finding Jack. We thank the Friends of Jack for their ongoing search efforts outside the JFK perimeter and share everyone’s relief that he has been found.

Microchip scan company 24 Hour Pet Watch was the first to contact Karen Pascoe, even before AA, to let her know that Jack had been found and identified. He is staying at an emergency vet in Queens while he recovers from his ordeal, and until he can be reunited with his family. As AA said in their statement, the airline will fly Karen back East to get her boy. We hope and trust that she will be able to keep Jack with her in the passenger section of the plane on the flight home.

Mary Beth kept a positive tone and message at the Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK Facebook page, throughout the long weeks, always saying that Jack would be found. Her positive attitude has now been rewarded. We are happy for Jack, his family, and his many supporters.

Well done, and well done AA, after all.

0 thoughts on “Found!”

  1. Great News! The next important step is to SUE the britches off that ridiculous, money-grubbing airline company. In 2 months’ time they couldn’t locate that big, bright colored kitteh? Keep the pressure up on those clowns. Get their policies changed. Those of us who have spent a lifetime in animal-rescue work know this whole fiasco was b.s. .. so, to get things changed, hit ’em in the pocket-book. That’s all they care about anyway! Also, I would NOT be surprised to learn that some clumsy employee nut-case managed to release the Cat from his carrier cage and blithely walked away. In the words of Eeyore, “How like them!”

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