When a lonely woman from Rome looked forward to beginning her new life in Costa Rica, an overnight layover at Los Angeles Airport drastically changed her fate when her constant companion and emotional support cat accidentally escaped from his travel kennel.
On June 14, Carla Tedeschi, 45, having grieved over the recent loss of her mother, starting over with a new job presented exciting possibilities. Everything was set – her clothes and her memories were packed, and her therapy cat, Jacky, a brown tabby with the green and yellow piercing eyes, had been well prepared for the trip. He was micro-chipped, wore a blue plastic collar with a heart-shaped charm engraved with his name and his owner’s phone numbers, and his travel passport was safely secured in Carla’s travel bag. Carefully placed in his travel crate for his first transcontinental flight, as Carla traveled from Rome to Costa Rica through a planned connection, an unexpected delay demanded they all deplane and wait until the next morning to resume their trip to their new home.
Exhausted from her trip and speaking little English, Carla’s nightmare began. When a taxi driver refused to help her with her large suitcases and the cat’s kennel and left her at the curb to fend for herself, she struggled to load her possessions onto an airport trolley. As she sat down at Terminal 7 (United Airlines) to rest for a moment, Jacky’s carrier fell over, crashed to the ground and the frightened cat bolted. Jacky disappeared in what seemed like a split second! Carla searched everywhere for Jacky, and as her emotions climbed to panic mode, stress took its toll; the woman suffered a seizure and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Nurses at the UCLA hospital assured Carla her cat was safe at a Los Angeles shelter and not to worry. All of her possessions were lost at the airport including her travel bag which had Jacky’s traveling papers. Carla believed the nurses and when released from the hospital headed to Costa Rica for followup medical therapy.
And as soon as she was physically able to return to Los Angeles, Carla came back to find Jacky. And for weeks, she has combed every shelter, every rescue and the airport calling for Jacky who she adopted from the streets in Rome. Many thanks to the Barbi twins for spreading the news. Many thanks to celebrities Morgan Fairchild and Joanna Krupa for their love of cats and knowing how special the bonds of friendship can be with our feline companions; and not to forget the rescue organizations involved with Carla coordinating rescue efforts. In addition, thank you Sal LaBarbera, retired LA police officer and Mary Grady, media director for Los Angeles airports for tweeting about this heartbreaking story. Now if only Jacky could be found – a happy ending is what a tired woman deserves. Translated, Carla (and edited slightly for comprehension) writes:
“Please help me to find my Jacky. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe someone have seen this cat inside or outside the airport area. Or maybe some one adopt him from the shelters. I just want to know that my Jack is ok and still alive. Please help to realize what happen to my jacky. He is very beautiful cat and possibly somebody adopt him. Please give some information just to let me know my little Jacky is ok. Thanks everybody. And please halp me to looking for Jacky.”
The search continues – Carla has spent all of her money returning to Los Angeles and staying in motels, hoping for a miracle that Jacky is alive and well – even if someone adopted him. All she wants to know is if her cat survived and he is fine. For more information and how you can help find Jacky, contact email@example.com (626) 524 5344. A $500 reward has been offered.
Please share Carla’ plight to find Jacky with rescue organizations, shelters, friends, family and social media contacts. Miracles do happen, and sharing saves lives.
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(Photos courtesy of Sia Barbi)