Homing isn’t just for Pigeons: Bandit is Reunited Monday 27 June 2016 @ 00:00

Suzie and BanditThis week, we read about Suzie’s experience of using Lost Pet Finders to find her missing galah, Bandit. We’re very happy to hear that the pair have been successfully reunited.

I had an email about a found galah and information about bandit sent to me which made me feel extremely happy and comforted.

Animal lover Suzie became firm friends with the cockatoo three years ago, having read that a galah was the best cockatoo to get. Although slightly spoilt, Bandit is loving, friendly and extremely affectionate towards people. The perfect gentleman.

Bandit was out flying when he went missing, having been attacked and scared off by a flock of birds as he attempted to return to Suzie. Rather than risking any danger, he flew off in the other direction, with Suzie watching helplessly from below.

When he flew off my heart broke into a million pieces. I've never been more upset or heartbroken in my life for the time that he was gone.

Suzie and her family set about searching for Bandit as soon as he flew away, some driving and others on foot, all whistling and calling his name for 5 long hours. The next day, they covered their area with flyers and sent out a pet alert, before searching for another few hours.

Bandit eventually returned under his own steam, and has been reunited with his loving family. It’s a great reminder that even if your pet alerts, flyers and calling don’t seem to be working, there’s always a chance that your pet will return of their own accord.

BirdWhat should you do if your bird is lost?

Losing your pets can be stressful, but it’s always important to stay as calm and positive as you possibly can so that you aren’t tempted to give up too soon. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that because their bird can fly, it must be gone forever, but this simply isn’t the case. Birds get tired and will need to rest, so there’s a very strong likelihood that your feathered friend won’t have got very far at all.

That said, birds are able to travel long distances within the first few hours of their escape, so do remember that time is of the essence. It’s difficult to estimate how long they’ll be able to travel before needing to rest. All the same, all is not lost: when your bird gets hungry, it’s likely that it will try to approach someone for food, speaking if they can and acting in a friendly manner. If this happens, the person will generally realise that this is a domesticated bird and either bring it to a shelter or simply post on social media. This is the first step towards your bird’s return.

If you happen to see your bird as he flies away, you’re in a very good position. Call to him as loudly as you can until you’re certain he can no longer hear you, as this can help him find his way back home. If this doesn’t work, keep watching him as he flies so that you have a strong idea of what direction he’s going in. Take note of where you last see him, how high he’s flying, and how tired he appears to be - these are all important factors. He could have landed nearby. Pick up the phone as soon as you can and start getting people to help you search. The more people you can recruit, the better.

If your bird is found by a stranger, they may find it very difficult to catch him and bring him to a vet or a shelter. All the same, many pounds state that a large amount of domestic birds are brought to them every single day, so it’s important that you check in with the pounds as frequently as possible.


Do as much as you can to mark your house as the bird’s home, to help it find its way back. It’s a good idea to make recordings of your bird singing and chirping so that you can play them outside to help your bird recognise the familiar sounds. If you haven’t done this, though, it isn’t the end of the world. Instead, try placing its cage outside where it can be seen easily by your bird to aid its return.

Try to cover the widest area you possibly can in your search. Expand the radius of your alert on Lost Pet Finders as much as you can to ensure that as many people as possible are on the lookout for your pet. This is especially important if your bird comes with no form of identification.

For more tips on how to find your wayward bird, check out our pages on how to find a lost bird or a lost pet. We also have a useful list of lost pet pounds to help you with your search.

Lost Pet Finders have had plenty more success stories this week. If your pet has gone missing, there is always every chance that it will come home to you, as these guys have:


“Fantastic service - our alert went out quickly & led to reuniting with our deaf, wandering dog Tom. We are very grateful to this service. Many, many thanks"



“You guys are lovely, thanks so much. She was found an hour ago, wedged underneath a neighbours shed floor, stuck. So relieved.



“Hey LPF! My little man obi has returned. Thank you for all the work you guys do! Its excellent!”





“Oliver is home again. He is looking well for a cat that was missing for 6 days. I am extremely grateful for all the help and support from you all. A million "thank you's".”


“Thank you so much for providing such a great service. We had found our dog within 90 minutes of registering him so he could be back with his brother and with our family. An amazing service.”