Last updated: 11:33 AM ET, Mon April 20 2015

Cat Lost at JFK Found Alive After Two Weeks on the Loose

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 20, 2015

Cat Lost at JFK Found Alive After Two Weeks on the Loose

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There are few things in life as emotionally draining as losing a pet, but a couple who had their cat lost at John F. Kennedy International Airport received incredible news last Thursday when their animal friend Felix was discovered alive.

According to Caline Malek of The National, Jennifer Stewart and Joe Naaman had their pet lost when the crew at JFK discovered that the cat’s carrier had been broken when the crew was unloading the cargo from their Etihad Airways flight.

Felix escaped the crate and was running free on the airport property, but Stewart and Naaman were not allowed to search for him due to security concerns. While all hope seemed lost, pet travel advocacy group Where Is Jack?, stepped in and lent a helping hand.

The advocacy group’s Bonnie Folz was a huge help to the couple as they searched for their cat, missing since April 1. But it was ultimately the legwork of Folz that helped workers at the airport finally catch the lost feline.

When asked about how Floz and the entire Where is Jack? company helped find her cat, Stewart told Malek that the rescue wouldn’t have been successful without the assistance of the group:

“As soon as she heard that there had been a sighting of a cat that fitted Felix’s description — thank goodness we handed out fliers of him on our searches with the scent dogs — near the FedEx cargo facility, she went right over, encouraged more humane traps to be set up and established a feeding spot near the sighting. This is where they eventually caught him. She was a true angel.”

As for the health of Felix, two weeks on the loose in New York City’s JFK didn’t hurt him too much, as he simply had a minor infection of his nails. The cat was taken to a local veterinarian the day he was found and was prescribed antibiotics to clear it up.

The cat is now reportedly resting comfortably at home with his owners.

On another positive note, Etihad Airways has stepped up and offered to pay for all the trouble losing their pet caused the couple. While the story could have taken a dark turn, the positive ending was good news for everyone involved.

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