Jack is back! The cat, which was separated from its owner on August 25 in the wake of confusion resulting from Hurricane Irene, has been found.
Jack turned up in the place where he was last seen, at JFK Airport. An officer with Custom and Border Patrol was inside a room in Terminal 8 when he heard and saw something fall through the ceiling tiles. It was Jack. He had evidently been hiding in the ductwork.
American Airlines immediately swung into action, alerting the nation via its Facebook page that Jack had been found.
Miraculously the cat survived its two-month ordeal ostensibly without food or water, though the experience has taken its toll on his health.
After he turned up yesterday, Jack—who was described by airport employees as battered, hungry, and scared—was taken to a pet hospital in Queens, where he’s currently in critical condition.
The New York Post quotes Dr. Matthew Cooper, speaking on behalf of Jack’s primary care physician, as saying:
He’s not feeling well at all, he’s pretty critical—right now it’s 50/50. He has a feeding tube, he’s getting fluids through an IV, but feeding is the most important thing right now.
Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, is nevertheless trying to remain strong and stay optimistic. She told the Post from her home in California:
When I got the call [saying that Jack had been located], I had literally just adopted a new cat … But I never gave up hope. I just never gave up hope.
Jack, who is five, will remain in the hospital for the several days. Pascoe meanwhile is working out an arrangement with American to fly her back to New York, so she can be reunited with her beloved kitty.
Jack was diagnosed with fatty liver disease—a common ailment in malnourished animals that causes fat to build up in the liver. It is hoped, however, that he will make a total recovery.
In the time that Jack was in absentia, he made a lot of friends—more than 16,000 on his Facebook page, a Twitter account, and national legend status.
Regarding his flight home to California, Karen Pascoe said:
He’s not flying in cargo ever again! He’s flying in the seat—probably in first class—with me on the way back. I’m not letting him out of my sight … I’m sure American Airlines is ready to put this to bed.
One suspects Jack feels the same way.
- Cat lost at JFK Airport during Hurricane Irene chaos
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