Missing JFK Airport Cat Found After a WEEK

We all know traveling with a pet can sometimes be stressful. One woman’s nightmare came true…and then ended over the weekend. After more than a week on the loose, the rogue cat named Pepper who escaped her owner at JFK International Airport has been rescued and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Pepper was rescued by Port Authority Police—with the help of Pepper’s owner’s friend and many others—over the weekend. The 4-year-old tabby had bolted from her owner at Terminal 4 on April 20, as reported by ABC 7 New York, as they were preparing to board a flight to China.


What’s more, Pepper was clearly terrified, and when he got loose, snuck into the upper structures of the terminal where humans can’t actually go or fit. The owner had to continue on to her flight to China, as she was moving to the country for a new job, but was devastated to leave without Pepper. And despite many overnight spottings of Pepper throughout Terminal 4, it took a full eight days to lure the tabby to safety.


Although they had used several food traps, it was only until the lead officer on the case enlisted the help of Pepper’s owner’s friend, Nuan Tang of Jersey City, who had previously cared for the kitty. All Tang did was call Pepper by her Mandarin name, Dai Meng, and, with the assistance of a few treats, brought the kitty back to safety.

Photo: kychan on Unsplash

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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