Abducted Cat Found 3,000 Miles From Home

By Marc Hertz, Tonic

Somehow, some way, a nearly blind cat that was taken more than a year ago from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) showed up on the streets of New York City earlier this month. What happened over that time remains a mystery for now, but thanks to technology and the kindness of a few people, a happy ending is on the horizon for the black cat named Jack Daniels.

As SFGate reported, the story began when Jack Daniels and his brother, who was (of course) named Jim Beam, were brought to the SPCA in May 2009 by animal control officers. Jack Daniels already had poor vision at that time, courtesy of scarred corneas, and relied on his brother, “who acted as a sort of seeing-eye cat,” according to SPCA veterinarian and interim co-president Jennifer Scarlett. The hope was that both brothers would be adopted by the same household, but then Jack Daniels was taken, just a week after he and Jim Beam had been put up for adoption. The SPCA got police involved and volunteers tried to find him, but to no avail. Later, Jim Beam was adopted, but Jack Daniels remained unaccounted for.

Fast forward to August 4 of this year and animal control officers in New York City “spied a nearly blind, apparently homeless black cat ambling along 110th street,” so he was brought to an animal shelter. As it happens, the cat had a microchip, which was scanned and noted that his owner was the San Francisco SPCA. Jack Daniels had re-emerged. As Scarlett was quoted, “That shelter is so busy. To think that someone took the time to track us down Ö I’m actually very moved by it. When you think of all the horrible things that happen in the world, it’s such a beautiful thing to see so many people come together for a little black cat.”

One of those people was LeeAnn Falciani, a book designer in Brooklyn, who was on the phone with her veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Gabriele, when Gabriele received an email about trying to find someone to take Jack Daniels back to San Francisco. Gabriel told Falciani the story and the next thing you know, Falciani was on a plane, taking the cat to the Bay Area, and JetBlue let him fly free of charge.

And now, unless he has an owner in New York wondering where he is, he’ll go back up for adoption. Maybe, just maybe, the family that adopted Jim Beam is looking for another cat.

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Image: Screengrab via Mike Kepka/The Chronicle

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

thank you

LMj Sunshine

Amazing story.

LMj Sunshine

Amazing story.

Sandi C.
Sandi C4 years ago

hope theres a update and he's placed with Jim Beam.

Alice Birmingham
Alice Birmingham4 years ago

I would love an update on this story. My hope is that he will be adopted by the person that adopted his brother.

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Thanks for the story.

Michelle Sibinovic
Michelle S6 years ago

Why doesn't the family that adopted the "brother" take in this cat too? I honestly think that if there is room for one, there is room for another. This cat has been through enough, for God's sake. Step up! Get him a good home! >^..^

Gloria picchetti
Gloria p6 years ago

Always micro chip your pets! What a cute kitty. We love you Jack!

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M6 years ago

Lovely but sad story or sad but lovely story. I was wondering........ if Jim Beam was adopted by a family surely there would be paper work for that cat huh? They surely would have some paperwork and some addresses and could make contact with that family Imagine loosing your 'seeing eye dog' so to speak. Animals are amazing at adapting but nothing better than having your best mate and eyes to see.
Btw Jack Daniels...looks reminds me of my cat, who is Burmese He has golden coloured eyes.
Id adopt him...but I live in OZ and my cat couldnt/wouldnt adapt. He surely will find a great home..Fingers crossed for Jack.