NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – The South Florida woman who played a big part in drawing attention to Jack the Cat, lost at New York’s Kennedy Airport, is thrilled Jack has been found and has released the first picture of Jack receiving medical treatment at a veterinary hospital.

Mary Beth Melchior is the sister of Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe. Pascoe was flying out of Kennedy Airport on August 25th when Jack escaped from his cat kennel and simply vanished.

Annoyed with American Airlines initial lack of response to find Jack, Melchior created a Facebook page to help find him. The page went viral and attracted more than 15,000 friends.

Tuesday night, after missing for 61 days, Jack suddenly fell through a ceiling tile at the airport.

Jack is being treated for some health issues after going without food and water for so long.

Dr. Matthew Cooper told the New York Post that he has a feeding tube and is getting fluids through an IV but feeding is the most important thing.

Pascoe told the Post that Jack will eventually go back to California with her, but that she won’t fly him cargo. She said he’ll fly in a seat with her, probably in first class. She doesn’t plan on letting him out of her sight.

Once he gets home, he’ll have a new friend. Pascoe adopted another cat, Milly, to cheer up Jack’s companion Barry.

Comments (3)
  1. Phyliss June Rinis Myers says:

    American Airlines should pay their way to California for their lack of concern.

  2. Robin says:

    Doesnt surprise me, I flew my dog on American Airlines, at the time my husband worked for the comuter AE, my dog arrived sick and had the runs really bad, the talk on the tarmack, the workers thought it would be funny to send a gift to the parents of the dog and gave him chocolate exlax. Since my husband worked for them I couldnt file a complaint but there are some real sick people out there and I would never put my animals on any flight to anywhere.

  3. Millie says:

    Although I’ve never met him, I love Jack. He has the most beautiful eyes with such a loving expression. I hope he recovers and returns to his family very soon.

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