Jack the Cat Found at JFK Airport

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Jack the cat, who has been missing for over seven weeks after getting lost in the American Airlines baggage check area at New York’s JFK airport, has been found.

“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,” a statement on the airline’s Facebook page read.

Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, was immediately informed Tuesday that her pet was found, and according to the statement American will fly Jack to California to be reunited with his owner.

The “Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK” Facebook page has more than 15,000 followers and is frequently updated — sometimes several times a day. Every post elicits dozens, sometimes hundreds, of comments from outraged and sympathetic supporters.

Jack disappeared on Aug. 25 when his owner, Karen Pascoe, was traveling from New York to California. She dropped her two cats off in their kennels at baggage services and soon received a call from an American Airlines agent telling her that one of her cats was missing and they believed he was in the inbound baggage claim area.

A Department of Transportation Pet Incident Report released Oct. 13 revealed exactly how Jack was lost. Each of Pascoe’s cats was in its own kennel, which a clerk stacked one on top of the other. The top kennel fell and Jack escaped.

October 22 was Jack the Cat Awareness day at Kennedy Airport. The goal of the event was to spread awareness about Jack to the airport’s more than 37,000 employees.


ABC News’ Christina Ng contributed to this report