In May 2009, animal control officers took a couple of kittens to the San Francisco SPCA. One had scarred corneas resulting from a viral infection. This black kitten, with the cloudy eyes, was called Jack Daniels. His brother was named Jim Beam.
Plans were for the two kittens to be adopted out together, but one day Jack Daniels – who was then three months old - disappeared.
The shelter contacted police and advertised in an effort to find the animal, but had no success and his sibling was placed in a home.
On August 4, animal control officers in New York City spotted a black cat walking along a street and took him to a nearby shelter. A scan done there identified him as belonging to the San Francisco SPCA.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reported that an SPCA volunteer e-mailed a veterinarian who used to work for the San Francisco SPCA but had relocated to New York, asking if she knew anyone who was flying to San Francisco and could take the cat along.
LeeAnn Falciani was on the phone with the vet when she got the message, and she offered to go.
Falciani took a week off work and JetBlue provided a free flight.
"He's in great shape. He likes to snuggle and make muffins (knead his paws)," the San Francisco Chronicle
quoted SPCA veterinarian and interim co-president Jennifer Scarlett, as saying.
"Whoever had him obviously kept him indoors. He's very affectionate and friendly."
She added that “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."