Welcome to our second edition of Mews and Nips from around the internet.
The most upsetting story of the week comes from New York City. Last Thursday, Jack the cat got lost by American Airlines at JFK Airport. Owner Karen Pascoe, who was moving from New York to California with her two cats, was faced with an impossible choice: when she was notified by the airline that Jack had gotten out of his carrier, her other cat Barry and her luggage were already on the last flight to San Francisco before the airport closed because of hurricane Irene. She had to get on that flight.
For 60 hours, American Airlines did nothing. It wasn’t until Pascoe’s sister set up a Facebook page, which was widely shared by cat lovers on Facebook and Twitter, that American stepped up to the plate and did what they should have done right away, which included placing humane traps around the baggage area, reviewing camera footage of the area, and offering to fly Karen to New York to allow her to conduct an escorted search throughout JFK. The story has since been shared widely in more traditional media outlets ranging from the NY Daily News to the Huffington Post. As of this writing, Jack has not been found. Our prayers go out to Jack and Karen for a speedy and safe reunion.
Mousebreath reported that according to an ASPCA survey, 39% of pet owners would leave their pets behind if they were forced to evacuate during a disaster. I found this number absolutely shocking, and I would imagine that most of you do, too. Have we learned nothing from hurricane Katrina?
This little kitten named Truffles may not have been the biggest newsmaker on the internet, but her story and that of her family is definitely one of the feel good stories of the week. Truffles is one of a litter of kittens rescued by Kitten Associates. She and her mom Amberly and four siblings were transported from Georgia to Vienna, VA, so Kitten Associates founder Robin Olson, who was one of the many fantastic speakers at BlogPaws, could take her back to Connecticut, where she and the rest of her family are now available for adoption. I got to meet Truffles, and let me tell you, this little sweetie is all tortie! Life with Cats reported the complete story of Amberly and her miracle family – a must read for cat lovers. For more photos of the kittens and a bunch of us cat bloggers fussing over them at BlogPaws, visit Catladyland.
We know that cats and boxes make for an irresistible combination (just ask Maru, the most famous cat on the internet!). I leave you with this video of one cat stuffing another cat into a box:
Have a wonderful weekend!
Photo credits/sources: photo of Jack from his Facebook page, photo of man rescuing a cat from Mousebreath, photo of Truffles ©Robin A.F. Olson, Covered in Cat Hair