updated 10/27/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/27/2011 AT 12:50 PM ET
Jack the cat may be out of the customs room, but he isn’t out of the woods.
Two months after he first went missing at JFK International Airport on Aug. 25, American Airlines reported Tuesday that Jack had been found. The cat had been bound for California with his owner, Karen Pascoe, and her other cat, Barry, when he got checked into baggage and went missing from his carrier. A broad and vocal support group rallied around Pascoe, and volunteers across the country worked to locate Jack. This week, he suddenly appeared, as if he’d fallen from the sky.
“He fell through a ceiling tile in the customs office,” volunteer coordinator Bonnie Folz tells PEOPLE. “Somebody in the customs room saw him and contacted American.”
Once a scan of the cat’s microchip confirmed it was indeed Jack, Pascoe was notified of the good news, according to an update on the Facebook page dedicated to the search.