We reported the sad news Sunday night that Jack the Cat died after being lost at JFK Airport for more than two months and fighting for his life for the past couple of weeks. Many of us felt like we had come to know Jack personally, and mourned his loss almost as much as we would mourn the loss of one of our own cats. According to Jack’s Facebook page, his family is working on a website dedicated to effecting change in how the airlines treat and transport pets.
There is currently a petition making the rounds to create a “Jack the Cat’s Law” that would require the airlines to put GPS (or similar technology) tracking devices on family pets traveling in cargo holds. I don’t know whether this petition is sanctioned by Jack’s family, nor am I convinced that this is a solution to the problem. I think there is a lot more that needs to be changed other than just putting a tracking collar on pets traveling in cargo. Shouldn’t the focus be on making sure that pets don’t get lost in the first place? I’ll keep you updated as more information about the advocacy efforts of Jack’s family becomes available.
In other efforts to honor Jack’s legacy, Jack’s family created a Cafe Press store in memory of Jack to raise funds to cover the expenses incurred while placing the other cats rounded up at the airport during the search for Jack in permanent homes.
AJ the kitten may have used up a few of his nine lives when he got trapped in a storm drain in Los Angeles. Live with Cats reports that thanks to the efforts of LA’s SmART (Small Animal Rescue Team) squad, the kitten was saved and is now awaiting adoption. Read the full story on Live with Cats.
Pet365, a UK based website, sent me a cute infographic titled Cat Anatomy and Fascinating Facts. Did you know that cats can’t taste sugary foods due to a faulty sweet receptor gene? As someone with a wicked sweet tooth, I sometimes wish my sweet receptor gene was faulty! Take a look at the complete inforgraphic on Pet365’s website.
I always love it when rescue groups and shelters get creative with their cat adoption advertising campaigns. This video from the Denver Dumb Friends League titled “Need a New Wingman” is exceptional.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: Jack the Cat from his Facebook page, photo of AJ from Live with Cats