Mugoddai, the cat, has been missing since December 2003. Maxine Hillary, who works on food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has not given up on finding her Mugoddai.
Hillary has spent almost $4,000 in newspaper ads, pet detectives, animal communicators, infrared cameras, a laminating machine, and bilingual mass mailings. She has followed numerous leads, checks in with animal shelters monthly, and even did a three-hour stakeout to find her beloved cat. She has a website that is devoted to her cat, still puts up posters on telephone poles, drops off flyers at shelters, and looks through online lists of found cats.
Hillary takes her responsiblity as a pet owner seriously and she feels that he is still alive and says:
To me, this is not about having a cat; it’s about finding the one cat that I nurtured and loved since before his eyes opened. I found myself walking around at 3 in the morning in the snow looking for him. Part of me said, ‘This is crazy,’ the other half said, ‘Your pet is lost in a strange neighborhood.’ He’s my responsibility.