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UPDATE on AA's search for Jack the Cat - November 8, 9:25 AM CST

UPDATE: November 8, 8:25 AM CST


We want to express again our sadness about the loss of Jack the cat this past weekend.  The search, recovery and fight for Jack's life touched many at American Airlines and in this community. For those of us who are pet owners, we know Ms. Pascoe's decision was a difficult one, and our family at American sends heartfelt sympathies to Karen and to all in this community who have been moved by Jack's story.


We know the outpouring of emotion will continue, so we are dedicating this Notes page for comments of sympathy and encouragement. Please continue showing your support for Karen and Jack on this dedicated page.


Tomorrow we will return our main Wall to the general travel conversation, and we ask that all Jack-related conversation please move to this dedicated Notes page for future dialogue. Any comments not made to this dedicated Note page (below this Note) will be hidden or removed. 


In the meantime, thanks to those of you showing your support and compassion.



Sunday, November 6


Unfortunately, Jack the cat had to be euthanized by the veterinarian today. We are deeply saddened that Jack the cat has passed away, and we offer profound sympathy to Jack’s owner, Karen Pascoe, for her loss. Our heart also goes out to the Friends of Jack and those in the cat-loving community who have grown fond of Jack since he went missing. We understand that a cat is a beloved family member for so many, including our own employees.


From all of us at American, our sincere apologies to Karen and Jack’s family and friends. We also thank all of you who have provided support, ideas, kindness and understanding for Jack along the way.


Friday, October 28


In an effort to get Karen to Jack as soon as possible, we are flying her to JFK this evening for what we’re sure will be a much-needed reunion for both of them. Additionally, we have assumed responsibility for covering Jack’s veterinary and medical expenses, and have done so since his reappearance. Jack’s condition remains closely watched by his veterinarian, and we will do our best to provide updates as soon as we learn more. To everyone following this story, we share your concern and hope, and we ask that you please continue sending your positive thoughts and prayers to Jack and Karen.


Wednesday, October 26


As Jack has been on his own for two months, we have now learned that he will need to remain in the care of a veterinarian for an additional period.  Ms. Pascoe has been advised of these developments, and Jack will not be able to travel at this time due to the care and treatment he is receiving.


Tuesday, October 25


American Airlines is happy to announce that Jack the Cat has been found 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. 


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 news. American plans to 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.