Lost Cat Found at JFK Airport 2 Months After Going Missing

The cat fell from a ceiling tile in the customs room.

Friday, Oct 28, 2011  |  Updated 5:16 PM EDT
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Jack the Cat went missing at the American Airlines baggage center at JFK on Aug. 25 and was found Tuesday.

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A cat lost for two months since it went missing from a baggage center at John F. Kennedy Airport has been found safe.

American Airlines said the feline, known as Jack the Cat, was found in a customs room and was taken to a veterinarian. Owner Karen Pascoe told NBC New York that the cat was discovered after he fell through a ceiling tile, hungry and dehydrated.

Pascoe, who lives in California, said the veterinarian reported Jack also has low blood pressure and needs treatment, but is expected to be OK.

"She couldn't believe how much he was purring, you know, after all he'd been through," Pascoe said. "This has been a story that probably grabbed people's hearts for a lot of reasons."

Jack is being fed through a nasal tube and will need treatment for three to five days before he can be considered well enough for travel.

Pascoe said she had just adopted a new cat over the weekend to keep her other cat, Barry, company, so now she will have three felines, "which is great."

Jack disappeared in the American Airlines baggage center on Aug. 25, just before Hurricane Irene arrived in New York and forced airports to shut down for most of the weekend.

Pascoe was flying with Jack and Barry to San Francisco that week to start a new job in California.

She continued to California, but returned days later to keep looking for Jack. She also hired a pet detective at the time to help, but he was not found.

American Airlines said its airport employees had been "focused on the search effort since Jack escaped" and promised to fly the cat out to California to be reunited with Pascoe.

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