OUR STORY BEGINS WITH A BIG FLUFFY CAT NAMED JACK…
- **Adopted as a 2-year-old by Karen Pascoe at NYC Animal Care & Control (Manhattan shelter)
- **Lived happily in NYC for 3 years with mom and adopted brother Barry
- **Mom got a great job offer in California
- **She booked her flight to move, and found out both Jack and Barry were too big to travel under the seat
- **Jack attempted to fly in cargo via American Airlines 8/25/11
- **Before he even boarded the plane, his crate was dropped and he got out
- **AA baggage informed Karen what had happened, but urged her to get on the plane anyway
- **They did not contact her again for 66 hours
- **Jack was missing until 10/25/11, when he fell through the ceiling tile in the Terminal 8 Customs and Border Patrol Office
- **He received intensive treatment for wounds and the effects of malnutrition
- **On 11/6/11, Jack succumbed to the effects of two months of malnutrition
RIP, good friend…
WE WORK IN YOUR HONOR TO PREVENT THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN.
We have created a non-profit organization:
WHERE IS JACK?, Inc.
The MISSION OF WHERE IS JACK?, Inc. IS SIMPLE:
Where is Jack?, Inc. was created to honor the legacy of Jack, a cat who was lost for 61 days and subsequently died because of errors in handling by American Airlines. We believe that all animals are precious, sentient beings and should therefore be treated with the highest level of care and respect. Animals should not be treated as cargo, luggage, or freight. As such, our mission is to ensure that ALL ANIMALS are treated in accord with these beliefs so that no animal is lost, injured, or killed as a result of engaging in any aspect of commercial air travel.
To that end, we seek to:
• Educate the public nation-wide about the safe practices available for and the dangers of commercial air travel for animals, including ways that animal guardians can minimize these dangers;
• Demand that pet carrier manufacturers create products that will endure the rigors of air travel and the stress induced behavior of animals engaged in air travel;
• Establish and standardize lost animal policies and procedures at all airports in the United States; and
• Create and expand on state and federal legislation in the United States to ensure the safety and well-being of all animals engaged in domestic air travel.
We declare that through our tenacious efforts, what happened to Jack the Cat will never happen to another animal again.