After two months of searching, Jack the Cat has been found by American Airlines. The Fort Worth-based carrier lost the cat on August 25 after its owner Karen Pascoe had checked the cat in to American before she boarded a flight to California.
On its Facebook page late Tuesday evening, American posted this message:
"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 AA team members to the airport vet service, VetPort, where a microchip scan confirmed that the cat is indeed Jack. VetPort has advised that Jack is healthy, safe and well.
"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."
Official confirmation came a half hour later from the Facebook page "Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage" that is operated by Karen's sister.
"Jack was scanned and the chip company (24hour pet watch) was the first to contact Karen. At this point, we are pretty certain that this IS Jack!!!! Our team on the ground in Queens is going to the vet where Jack is...Jack is NOT at the VetPort. He is at an emergency vet in Queens where he will have 24 hour care. The vet reported to Karen that he is dehydrated and has lost a good amount of weight, though she said that all things considered, he wasn't in bad shape. As soon as I get pictures, I will share them. HALLELUJAH!!!!!!" she posted at 10:20 p.m. CST.
Facebook users and Twitter folks pressured American to find Jack the Cat, prompting the carrier to hold several searches, fly Ms. Pascoe back to New York to look for Jack, and even hire a pet detective. Here is our original post on the lost cat.
So it's a happy ending to this cat's tale. Hope he has a nice flight out to Cali.