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Search for missing cat Hari triggers ‘hateful’ calls

Have you seen Kindness Offensive founder's cat?

27 July, 2018 — By Tom Foot

AN entrepreneur who set up a group that organises random acts of kindness has had to contact police after receiving dozens of “dark calls” when his cat went missing.

David Goodfellow said Hari the cat had become “something of a local celebrity” since 2,000 posters and leaflets were distributed around Grafton Road, by Queen’s Crescent market, after he vanished on June 24.

Mr Goodfellow – who set up Kindness Offen­sive – said “children have been calling his name in the bushes” and even “moped-riding youngsters have been seen chasing random cats in an attempt to claim the reward money”.

He said: “We’ve had a long list of dark calls, including several death threats and hateful cat sightings reporting nasty things about Hari’s fate. Police are now involved.”

Mr Goodfellow set up Kindness Offensive 10 years ago with the aim of practising “random kindness and senseless acts of beauty”. It was praised by then prime minister David Cameron for making “a record-breaking Christmas toy donation” in 2014.

Hari is a grey tabby with black stripes on his legs and tail and one black stripe along his back. “He has one lower fang that protrudes,” said Mr Goodfellow. “Hari’s been to several Kindness Offensive community events and is always a star with youngsters. We really hope we can get him back safely.”

Pet Detectives – a team of police-trained cat hunters – have combed the area but have not found Hari. Have you seen him? Please call 07533 428 243.

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