An airport mixup sets Bogie the Siamese cat loose in Honolulu but cat people found and paired him with his family a year and a half later in Detroit.
More than one-year ago, a family boarded a plane bound for Detroit from Hawaii, but one of its members never made it to the final destination. His name? Bogie – a sweet Siamese cat who escaped from his United Cargo flight kennel before liftoff.
“Our agents were working to secure the door of the kennel with plastic ties to ensue Bogie’s safety throughout the flight,” United Airlines spokesperson Charles Hobart said in a message to KHON2 about the cat from Hawaii getting separated from his family. “However, during this process the cat escaped from his kennel. Our teams searched for the cat and put up posters in the surrounding areas.”
Although never forgotten by his family, Bogie the cat hadn’t resurfaced after his escape, leading the family to think that their family pet was gone forever. That is until Bill Antilla, a volunteer with the nonprofit group Hawaii CatFriends, spotted him while feeding stray and feral cats on Oahu.
“I found Bogie about six or eight months ago. There’s a number of cats I manage on Ualena Street near the Honolulu airport. Bogie started showing up periodically,” said Antilla. “He looked like a purebred Siamese cat.”
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