Moving house with your cat Monday 11 June 2018 @ 08:00
MOVING HOUSE WITH YOUR CAT
We recently asked our followers about one piece of advice they would give to someone who is moving house with a cat. We all know that the process of moving house can be very stressful for territorial animals resulting in increased risk of them going missing.
Thank you, your response was truly amazing! We received so many great tips and valuable suggestions, that we decided to combine them all into one handy checklist that contains the wisdom and experience of so many people. It is a must-have for every family sharing their home with feline companions. So share it around and print/save it into your cat’s personal file (don’t have one? Time to make one) for future reference. Here we go…
“Moving house with your cat” guide.
CATTERY ACCOMMODATION. If you can afford it, place your cat with a cattery for a few days while moving.
Hazel Luckstedt recommends: “It is a good idea to put them in a cattery on the day the removal man comes. The removal of the furniture and the strange men really freak out most cats. I leave mine in the cattery until the furniture is safely in the new house. When you bring them home to the new house there are familiar things and smells which help to settle them in their new home.”
“We too put ours in a cattery. They are indoor cats and don't want them escaping through open doors during moving.” adds Wendy Goffage
KEEP THINGS UNDER CONTROL. If cattery is not a option, try following these steps provided by Toni Farlow:
“3-4 days prior to moving leave [your cats’] carriers out for them to get accustomed to.
On the day of moving, keep them in a room that won’t be accessed until you finally go.
Put them in carriers and take to new home. DO NOT LET THEM OUT YET!
Put them in a room that won’t be accessed while shifting furniture. Shut the door and leave them in the room in their carriers until all removalists have left. The cats can be let out of their carriers now but DO NOT LET THEM OUT OF THIS ROOM. Let them become accustomed to this room and its smells over 2-3 days. This gives them time to regain confidence after moving from their old home.
Depending on your cat’s confidence level, gradually let them explore more rooms a bit at a time. This could take 1-3 days or 1-3 weeks! ONLY THEN CAN YOU LET THEM OUTSIDE IF THEY ARE ALLOWED.” - Toni Farlow
Clare Dolphin also reminds you may need to “Wear earplugs for the drive…”
TAKE TIME TO ADJUST. So many of you have emphasised the importance of giving your cat enough time to get used to the indoors first by keeping them in for at least 2 weeks before allowing them to explore the outdoors.
Jan Kelly says: “I always keep them inside until they are comfortable in their new environment. Depending on the personality of the cat this could be any time between 4 - 14 days”
Christine Vimini adds: “Do not be tempted to let them outside, no matter how much they’re used to going outside and no matter how much they whinge. They must bond to the new place & that can take time. Depending on your cat, at least 2 weeks, up to 4 indoors.”
“If you think you’ve kept them inside for long enough, give it another week” suggests Kimberly Skilton
EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS. Once your feline friend is used to the new house, you can take him or her outside to start exploring the surroundings:
Samuel Merlino says: “carry them around the block a few times or take them on a lead, if they don't like the lead then walk alongside them keeping an absolute HAWK eye on them so they don't get out of your reach… They should get familiar with the smells and the route home IF they do ever get out. And believe me, cats will find a way to get out! The thing is to make sure they are familiar with the territory so they know the way home and the safe places to hide if they get scared.”
Gill Youngleson also points out that “If other cats come into his new territory, you need to help your cat establish his by clapping loudly and frightening other cats away. It’s worked for two big moves.”
Deborahlea Harrison adds: “be on the lookout for other neighbourhood cats that may have already staked the place as territory as this is when cat fights happen.”
Another great idea is provided by Cathy Donaldson-Serkin: “get to know your neighbours asap. And tell them about your cat family member”
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE. Once you are confident about your kitty going outside on their own consider this advice:
Judy Lidstone says: “don't feed before letting out feed when they come back inside”
Anna Purgar also adds: “When you finally let them outside don't pick them up and place them in the middle of the lawn. Just open the door, sit with them so they can explore and feel secure.”
HELP TO RELAX: Many people reported to have great success with the following handy tricks:
Vivienne Timmins says: “Mum use to smear butter on their paws, her logic always was that they can't stand the feeling of it on them and will automatically groom and lick to clean off, which leads to being tired followed by sleep and thus starts the acclimatising to their new surroundings, new smells and noises that are in the background as they sleep.”
Christine Gillie explains: “Supposed to work because the logic is they lay back and clean themselves… so relax and accept it as home. I have always done it immediately on bringing them into the new home”
Samantha Moreland also adds this tip: “Cats have glands on their cheeks, rub a face washer on their face and then rub their scent in your new house, will help them settle faster as it will smell like them”
BRING FAMILIAR THINGS. Bring to your new house as many things from the old house as you can.
Nola Squeak Brewer recommends: “Make sure you have their usual bedding for them to sleep on… don't wash it as they need familiar smells to help them settle and feel at home”
Diana Bassani also adds: “don't wash a sheet or blanket that has your scent on it for them to cuddle up with.”
PLENTY OF TLC. And of course don’t forget to give them love and attention throughout the ordeal.
Kat Katrijn says: “Don’t get so caught up in your own moving-stress that you forget about spending time with them. They need to be ensured that the bond you share didn’t stay behind in the old house.”
SUPPLEMENTS. Try special cat pheromones to help your cat feel more calm and relaxed in the new environment:
Sharon Young recommends: “Plug in some feliway. You can get it at the vet. Sprays happy pheromones into the air to help keep your cat calm. Also good when introducing new cats.”
“If they are very stressed get some Rescue Remedy and put it in their food. Works really well to calm them down.” adds Kellie Mayne
CONSIDER KEEPING INDOORS. We strongly encourage you to consider keeping your cat inside on a permanent basis or think about setting up an enclosure for you little buddy:
Mel Brown make a great point: “Moving to a new house is a great time to change the rules on the family moggie. Cats are protected from being hit by cars, fights with other cats potentially catching feline aids, attacked by neighbourhood dogs, being poisoned, stolen or lost. New homes, new rules, keep your moggie inside.”
“I built a cat run they aren't that expensive if u want kitty to have outdoor time” adds Fiona Mcdonald
Jenni Moore also says: “Keep them indoors ALL the time. They are safe & so is the wildlife outside.”
UPDATE PERSONAL DETAILS. And last but definitely not least, make sure everything is updated with your new details.
Jan Jolly reminds: “UPDATE ALL DETAILS!!! Before the move...microchip, vet, contact numbers etc…”
Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments.
Once again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your insightful input in creating this “Moving house with your cat” guide.
REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC
Message from Charlie who found this little girl and made the reunion happen:
"The first thing I did upon finding the lost dog was to post A4 letters with photo's in the local milk bars. My son also posted the lost dog on facebook. I also then took the dog to the local vet to scan the microchip but unfortunately the owner did not register the microchip with any company, I did not hand the dog into the vet as I did not want the local council ranger to pick up the dog as I did not want to see the dog put down (pit bull cross).
Then I explored the internet for dog finding services where I found your wonderful site. Within a few hours I received messages from people who saw the dog on Facebook and then eventually the next day the owner rang and I promptly returned her.
Just a great site, thank you and I have sent links to your site to several friends." - Charlie
REUNION OF THE DAY: Spikey the cockatiel from Adelaide SA Tuesday 15 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Spikey the cockatiel from Adelaide SA
"Thanks so much to Pet Finders. After 48 hours of Spikey being missing and absolutely awful weather today I didn’t think Spikey stood a chance..... and then I get a call from a wonderful lady named Beth. She came home today to find Spikey sitting on her husbands head, which is one of Spikey’s favourite things to do, so I just knew it was her. Fortunately Beth got straight onto Lost Pet Finders and contacted me. Thanks so much - we have a very happy household again x" - Sascha
REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC Monday 14 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC
"Justice has been found and is resting after her adventure in her new home, getting used to her new family and surroundings. She is completely unharmed physically, she was even dry apart from this mornings few drops, so she had been keeping dry last night clearly.
Her new mum, Melanie, had a call yesterday from a house very close by who got her flyer in the mailbox and recognised Justice from the picture. They had seen her the night before in their back yard, about 9:30pm, but she ran away as soon as she saw them.
So Melanie called me, I came out to Belgrave straight away, with Pete and Jamie(my dogs), and we walked around everywhere, in the rain, until midnight, calling out, searching backyards, knocking on doors... with no sign. But we had hope because there was a sighting less than 24 hours prior within 200 metres of where she ran off!
We had put my jumper and a toy at the front of Melanie’s house, and this morning Melanie’s neighbour called her saying there was a kelpie-looking dog in their front yard, barking, and she should come see if it was Justice. The toy had been taken from the front of the house and dropped 2 houses up where she was hiding in a bush.
It was definitely Justice, but she was still too frightened, was barking if anyone approached, and wouldn’t come to anyone even though she was clearly hungry.
Melanie called me and I immediately came back up to Belgrave with my dogs... I pulled up to the house and calling out to Justice, let Pete and Jamie out... well! As soon as she saw Pete and Jamie she came out joyfully wagging her tail and jumping and licking, basically beside herself with excitement! She didn’t know who to jump on and kiss first, so she went around doing circles between the 3 of us! I even got lots of kisses and paws in the face.
We made the short trip (2 houses away) back to her new home where she’s been eating and sleeping. P&J (the amazing rescue dog search team) and I are hanging around to make her feel comfy in her new home before we leave.
Thank you isn’t enough to say to the people who have been sharing and searching and helping in so many ways. Melanie and I have been humbled by the dog loving community everywhere who have rallied together to help." - Lorelle
Scaredy Pups: Getting Comfortable with Strangers Monday 14 May 2018 @ 09:18
We want your pets to live their best life, and that includes working through any of the fears that might be holding us back. Last month, we talked about how you might go about caring for a dog who is afraid of men. It’s commonly assumed that dogs who experience this fear feel this way because they’ve been abused or neglected by a man, but some dogs are just that way by nature.
Just like any fear, there’s no one reason that your dog might have it, but there are a good few ways you can work together to deal with it.
Some of the other common fears your dog may be struggling with may include…
This is the list we’re slowly working our way through, but it definitely doesn’t cover every fear your dog might have! If there’s another fear or phobia you’d like us to cover to spread information and awareness, please do get in touch. In the meantime, we’re going to look about how you can go about helping your dog to feel more comfortable around strangers.
Why is my dog afraid of strangers?
Dogs tend to be afraid of strangers for two main reasons. In some cases, it occurs because the dog hasn’t been properly socialised as a puppy. If a pup doesn’t have the opportunity to meet a wide range of different people in their formative years, it’s highly likely they’ll end up being afraid of people they aren’t familiar with.
In other cases, your dog’s fear will be all about genetics. Dogs who are timid and skittish often produce offspring who are equally shy. Dogs who are scared of all strangers rather than a specific type of stranger (such as men or children) may experience this because of genetic predisposition.
How can I tell when my dog is afraid?
One of the main struggle for dogs who are afraid of strangers is that humans - both strangers and dog owners - may fail to notice that a dog is feeling anxious. The dog will be giving off all sorts of body language, and nobody will be reading it. Learn to spot what your dog is trying to tell you, and you’ll know straight away when your dog announces “I am feeling afraid! Please back off!”
Perhaps Rover’s body will be tensing up, his eyes will be darting or he’ll be looking away while making his body as small as possible. Some dogs start sneaking around, furrowing their brows, flattening or perking up their ears or moving much more slowly than usual. Maybe Bowser has started licking her lips, panting for no obvious reason or yawning more than usual. In many cases, the dog’s tail will be held lower than usual, sometimes hidden between the legs. All of these are indicators that your dog is feeling frightened.
Make your dog feel safe!
If your dog is showing signs of fear and anxiety, you need to help them to calm down. To do this, you need to bring your dog somewhere they can feel safe, and it can be helpful to create a specific safe zone where your dog will always know it is completely safe. Think of it as a puppy panic room! This is a space that is exclusively for your dog, whether that’s a special chair, part of a room or just their crate.
Make a rule where nobody except for your dog is allowed to enter the special safety zone. This will allow your dog to see that the area is their special place where nobody is able to hurt or annoy them.
Let people know how to greet your dog!
If a stranger goes down on one knee by your dog when making their introduction, the meeting is far more likely to be successful.
Your dog will feel less threatened as the person is at their level. Often, your dog will be more comfortable with sniffing and accepting pats from a stranger if they aren’t towering over them like a monster (offering a treat can only help the interaction further). It’s also a good idea not to let a stranger make too much eye contact with a dog, as staring can be perceived as intimidating and downright rude.
If you don’t know a dog but want to offer a treat, the best way is to drop it on the ground so as not to appear forceful, having first made sure that the owner is alright with you giving their dog a treat.
What if the owner is the stranger in question?
If you adopt a dog who already has a fear of strangers, it can be pretty difficult to start building a bond between you. However, if you take it easy and allow your dog to move at their own pace, you’ll get there soon enough and the results will be so worth the wait. You’ll need to be very patient and comforting at first so the dog can start to understand that you are not a threat.
If your new dog gives you the opportunity to pet them, always do so very calmly. Make sure your voice around your new dog is always soothing, friendly and relaxed, and offer treats by gently throwing them rather than bringing your hand near the dog’s face.
Trying to care for a dog who is frightened of strangers can be very difficult, and it’ll take a lot of patience and care on the owner’s part. All the same, if you are considerate and make the decision to always keep your dog safe from surprise encounters with strangers (and especially make a point of avoiding things like markets, dinner parties and parades), the pair of you can get through this.
REUNION OF THE DAY: This little Shih Tzu girl from Perth WA Saturday 12 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: This little Shih Tzu girl from Perth WA
Comments from Helen the lovely caring person who found this little girl:
"It was a combined effort. The dog was found in my street by someone who works in the area but doesn’t live here. She had picked up the dog and was trying to locate the owners. Someone told her that I owned a little white dog so she knocked on my door. I offered to take the dog and look after it as the person who found the dog didn’t live in the area.
I posted the add last night, rang the Vic Park Ranger this morning to ask if any dog fitting the description of the little one I had was reported missing.
The ranger said she had a report and drove to my place to scan her. At the same time that the ranger rang, the woman who had handed the dog over to me rang to say that an advertisement reporting a lost dog in Vic Park had been broadcast on Curtin Radio. It was indeed the missing dog. The ranger arrived, scanned the dog and we waited for the owners to arrive to collect her.
Persistence and networking pays off. The stars did align in this instance and I’m so glad the family has been reunited."
REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC Thursday 10 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC
"I would like to thank everyone who shared and offered their well wishes for Oliver. We have been so worried about him, being 16 years old and never a wanderer we couldn't imagine what had happened to him.
On Sunday we visited the shelters again and I was starting to feel very despondent that not only would we never see him again, that he may be in a dire situation wondering why 'mum' wasn't helping him.
We couldn't believe it when Oliver walked into the garage last night, he most likely was locked in a shed/ garage by the condition he is in. We did the knocking on doors etc...but was unable to locate him.
Oliver was taken to the vet last night as he has an abscess and has lost a significant amount of weight. He is there on a drip and awaiting test results to make sure he is well enough to come home.
We had just moved to Melbourne from interstate, and ourselves are not familiar with the area. I think the lost pet finder is a very good service as it got the message out to a wide area that he was missing, and when a cat is lost the wider the area that knows the cat lost can really help.
We are so thankful he is home and to the wonderful people who shared his post and offered well wishes and to our neighbours who kept an eye for him.
The vet has just given the all clear for Ollie to come home, so time to build his strength up and give him lots of cuddles and love. Warm regards." - Karin
REUNION OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC Friday 04 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC
"Pablo is our little albino ferret with red eyes that my partner bought from a friend of his whose ferret had babies. Pablo's birthday is 27 December 2016 but he arrived to us in either late February or early March 2017.
He is a cheeky little ferret who is into everything. Everything needs to be investigated and he often provides me with ferret "help" this includes putting his paws up on the toilet after i flush to make sure everything goes down ok, he likes to try and get in the machine when I am putting washing in it or taking washing out of it. If there is a hole to be explored he is in it.
His favourite thing in the world is to run into my partners work boots, dig out his special insoles and take them up the hole behind the kitchen cupboards where they are never to be seen again (unless we remove the dishwasher and pull the cupboard backing off the wall which we have had to do in the past when the remote control made its way up there...)
That was how Pablo went missing. He stole my partners insole and was heading for the hole in the cupboards. My partner who was outside smoking at the time came rushing in to retrieve his insole but did not close the back door properly. We realised after about 40 minutes the door was open and Pablo had gone.
The emotional journey was awful. At first i wasn't too worried as I thought Pablo would be exploring the garden but then it became apparent he was not in the garden and had gone under the gate. I felt sick. It was about 8:30pm, dark outside and windy.
I was calling and calling. We had torches out and I was listening carefully in case he made a noise in the bushes. Every so often the wind subsided but the smallest breeze was making the leaves from the trees rustle down the road so it was really hard to hear him.
I left no bush un-turned and we have a lot of bushes. I was scouring the streets by foot calling and calling and my partner went by car. I started to worry Pablo might have gone done one of the drains so my partner got a crow bar and lifted every single drain in the street looking for him but he wasn't there. Eventually he jumped over the school gates to see if he had got into the school but we still couldn't find him. We were out searching til about 1:40am when I came in to have a bath.
At 2:30am I went back out and started calling him again. I even brought my dog out to try to sniff him out but that proved to be a futile attempt as my dog was no help at all and thought he was just going for late night walkies.
Before my partner went to bed he read that we should leave food out the front and back, leave entry to the house open and put his cage outside, so that is what we did. I eventually went to bed but had a terrible nights sleep. I kept dreaming I had found him then waking up realising it was not true.
At some stage during the night I registered him on Lost Pet Finders who were very supportive and immediately I received a email of all the things I should do, print posters etc, knock on doors. That was my plan for the next day. Thank god the next day was Sunday as otherwise I would have needed to take a day off to try to find him.
At about 6am I noticed the light had come on in the front garden. I went out to check the food and all the food had gone - this was not encouraging as I knew it could have equally been eaten by a cat but I went back into the house to locate some slippers and my glasses so that I could search the front garden. While I was putting my slippers on I heard a noise in the back and thought to myself I will just check his cage.
Went out to the cage but it was still empty with his food inside. Just as i was about to go back to the front garden something caught my eye on the floor and there was little Pablo inside the house, He was trying to get back outside!! He must have come in for some water. He was definitely not inside the house before as we tore it to shreds looking for him.
I was SO relieved to have found him. I scooped him up and gave him such a big kiss and a cuddle then went running into the bedroom with him to tell my partner he was back. He immediately got out of bed and brought the cage back inside for me. I checked Pablo over to make sure he didn't have any obvious injuries then gave him food and water and locked him tightly in his cage.
He was exhausted. He hardly wanted to come out for the next two days. I kept a good check on him to make sure he was eating well, drinking and toileting well as I had no idea where he had been or whether he might have eaten something but by day three he was busy charging around like a lunatic and back to his normal mischievous self.
When I first found him, I was half tempted to take him to the vets to be checked over but I figured that unless I paid for x-rays and blood tests there was nothing they could tell me that I couldn't see for myself so I left it for a couple of days and sure enough after a couple of days he was bouncing around as if nothing happened.
We have since ferret proofed the garden and Pablo has been out in the garden exploring and has yet to find a way out but I do not want to take that chance again. He is always supervised in the garden and we are extra vigilant with the door, windows, anything we think he can get out from (including the tumble dryer pipe that leads out the window as he has got out that way before). We are just so happy to have him home safe." - Sarah
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA Thursday 03 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA
"Lotti is a bouncy pup from my girl ‘Chilli’s’ 3rd litter. She is 3 months old and a darling! So is her mum!
My dear son left the gate open Saturday late afternoon when he came home from soccer...Chilli and Lotti thought they’d go exploring.
When I went to feed them that night I realised they were gone. We were all devastated and spent until 3am driving around the neighbourhood calling for them...sorry neighbours! Didn’t sleep much after that.
Then come first light I went out again with no success. I had to go to the shops for a few things and left my phone home. I arrived home and my son came out with good news. The council had bought them back while I was out.
The lesson from this is to have your contact details on their collar and never take your dogs collar off!
I have excellent tags with my details however this was useless as it was not on her. (My 6year old had taken it off) .Family talk happening with stricter rules! Anyhow here they are home again....." - Rachel
REUNION OF THE DAY: Charli the Shih Tzu dog lost in Brisbane QLD Wednesday 02 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Charli the Shih Tzu dog lost in Brisbane QLD
"I was told by the vet that a man saved her from getting run over on a major road where we live and took her to the vet clinic the same day she went missing.
The vet then kept her at the clinic over the w'end, he was going to drop her off at the local pound on Mon but he saw my "Lost dog" sign that I placed in the vet door Sat arvo after I finished work (they had already closed for the day) and rang me Sun morning.
I asked if the man left his details but he hadn't so offered the vet to reimburse him the cost of keeping Charli warm and safe but he wouldn't accept anything though he did ask that I book her in to be chipped, which I'll be doing next week!!" - Jodie
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Rajah the cat from Sydney NSW Tuesday 01 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Rajah
"Raji is a tabby/white DSH from the Cat Protection Society, he is 7 and I have had him since he was 2 months old. I adopted him a couple of weeks after my first cat, Joseph died, as I was suffering terribly from 'empty arms syndrome' and couldn't bear not having that beautiful little soul around the house.
I let him out into the garden for a run in the fresh air as usual on Friday night, thinking that the garden is secure and he has never once escaped all his life. However, this time, somehow, and we still don't know how, he did get out. I closed the back door behind him to avoid him bringing in mice, as he has recently started doing - again, he has never done this before a few weeks ago. Not sure if it is the long hot summer, but we have had a lot more mice lately.
When he disappeared I felt shock, disbelief, fear that he had eaten a mouse that had been poisoned and crawled away somewhere in pain, or to die. Then huge grief - I can't recall the last time I cried so much.
I walked around the neighbourhood many times to look for him. Concentrated on any out-of-the-way hiding places he could be and drains, dark corners, etc. Told the neighbours and asked them to keep an eye out. I added his details to your website and made missing posters and stuck them up around the neighbourhood. It all felt pretty futile as he could have been anywhere but I (and my housemate) were so upset, we had to do something to keep ourselves busy.
Neighbours looked for him, even locals we didn't know did the same. Strangers who saw me sticking up posters empathised and wishes me well.
It helped me to know I was doing all I could and the FB messages I got from a few people were very sweet - some shared my post with other FB sites too. Some people talked about having found their missing pets and that gave me some hope.
A few people (including you) suggested I look for him in the night time when it is quiet and I have a better chance of hearing him miaow and he had a better chance of hearing me call him. I went out around the neighbourhood at midnight and found him in the back lane, close to home, tired and hungry but otherwise fine.
I am so grateful that I could ask the broader community for help, knowing many eyes were better than just mine and know that the message about his disappearance was getting out there.
I was so touched by the people on the FB page who shared my post and sent their good wishes. It's wonderful to think that so many people love animals and understood what I was going through. So, thank you again." - Alex
REUNION OF THE DAY: Benny the Eclectus Parrot from Townsville QLD Monday 30 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Benny the Eclectus Parrot from Townsville QLD
"My very cheeky Eclectus parrot made his way home around 8am 2 days after he escaped. They were the longest days I have ever had.
I spent the whole day on the 19th searching high and low, walking in the bush, riding a quad, doing laps of our suburb, sending out flyers, I paid to send out the sms, email and automated phone call.
When I returned to work I was relieved to get a phone call that he had flew straight into the tree at the house across the road from me!
I’m so thankful for my friends and family who helped me search, shared my post and sent messages of support.
They are amazing and such smart animals and I knew he would survive I just had to stay positive and know that all I had done in the first 24hours were enough!
Kind regards, Happily reunited owner of Benny!" - Stephanie
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC Saturday 28 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC
"I got Umbra when he was 10 weeks old. Having just moved towns and into my own home with my partner and his Kelpie, we slowly realised that she would be happy with a companion whilst we were at work.
I thought for a while on getting a husky and saw umbra's picture online; he was the most beautiful pup and he was the last one left! After a few days, I got the go-ahead from the breeder stating I could come meet him and put a deposit on him.
A few days later I picked him up and our adventures began!
Our Kelpie, Frejha, loved him immediately. Her actions were almost motherly; checking up on him all the time and always wanting to be near him. Everyone loved him.
Leaving for work every day, I had faith that they would entertain each other and everything would be fine until that horrible Thursday afternoon when my partner got home and found he was missing. That night was the worst night of my life.
We alerted the breeder and went about checking neighbours yards - to no avail. I spent most of the night awake; going outside to call him and shake his bowl of food. He didn't return though.
We made Facebook posts and I entered him as lost into Lost Pet Finders. We alerted vets and rescues and shelters as well as the council; providing them with his microchip number, name, breed and our contact details.
Every day we were calling and visiting shelters to see if he had come in.
We made flyers and door knocked and checked the CCTV on our neighbours property; nothing.
After a few days, we assumed someone had him and the fear and worry set in. None of us could get decent sleep. Are thoughts were filled with nothing but Umbra. Frejha physically cried and did nothing but sleep and that broke my heart.
A week and a day later we received a tip-off of where he was at.
I called my partner and breeder and after an hour and a half of waiting to speak to the people who had him; they confessed and handed him over. We are so fortunate that they looked after him even though they had done the wrong thing.
All I hoped for whilst he was gone - was that he was warm, safe and fed. And he was.
There were no ill-feelings toward the family that kept him. And the night ended peacefully. With Umbra back home, we are finally a happy family again and he has not left my side.
I want to personally thank each and every one of the people that sent kind words, shared our post, offered to help hand out flyers and liking the post. Umbra's return couldn't have been possible without the persistence and effort all of you put into informing everyone.
I honestly never thought I would see him again so soon. Thank you all!
If you are missing a pup; I urge you to never ever give up. They are out there waiting for you! Kindest and thankful regards" - Kayla, Joel, Frejha and Umbra xo
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie the moodle dog from Melbourne VIC Wednesday 25 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie
"Chewie, our golden MOODLE came into our lives eight years ago. He arrived via airfreight from Country Puppies in Bathurst. He was a bundle of fluff when we first saw him and we could really see his eyes through all the hair, so my son named him Chubacka. As he settled into Melbourne life and his new home, he discovered his love for chewing, especially any unsuspecting socks left lying about. So his name was shortened to Chewie.
Chewie is at the heart of our family, along with our cat Lucky, who is Chewie’s best friend, and often comes on family holidays never far from under our feet. On our evening walks both Chewie and Lucky come together. For the last couple of weeks, I have been staying at my sister’s house looking after my elderly mother. Naturally, Chewie came with me and until yesterday he had been enjoying his new environs and new neighbourhood smells. Yesterday, while I was at the hospital with mum Chewie, managed to find an escape from the backyard and when I came home excited to see him he was nowhere to be seen.
Initially, I couldn’t believe he had gotten out. I walked around the neighbourhood calling him for an hour or so and then further afield in the car but to no avail. I spoke to neighbours and the Postman who recalled seeing him out on the street that morning but nothing. At some stage, I had a cry.
Not knowing where to start I simply googled ”find my pet” and came across Lost Pet Finders. I thought it could be just another online rort but being desperate I signed up, paid for a Pet Alert and logged Chewie’s details. I found the site very helpful as it went through a checklist of what to do. I promptly got an email back welcoming me to the service informing me there were 142 people within a 1.8 km radius who were registered with their service so I was hopeful.
I rang the local Vets, Lost Dogs Home etc but nothing. I made up some cute flyers and blitzed the neighbourhood by that time it was dark so I decided to retire for the evening. Later in the evening one of my sons rang me from home to let me know someone from the Glen Eira Council had left a message telling us that Chewie had been found.
First thing this morning I jumped in the car and was off to the Council Offices who informed me he had been taken to the RSPCA. Two hours later Chewie was back in my arms as gorgeous as ever.
When I got back to my sister’s I had 8 messages from LostPetFinders. One was from an angel called Elizabeth who wrote saying she had found Chewie on the way home and taken him to the nearest VET.
Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Thank you to LostPetFinders and everyone in the local neighbourhood who was so supportive. The postman stopped by this morning to see if Chewie had been found. And I was so happy to be able to tell him YES." - Kerry
REUNION OF THE DAY: Ciccio the fox terrier from Sydney NSW Tuesday 24 April 2018 @ 00:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Ciccio
"The best piece of advice I can give is to be extremely active in searching for your lost pet.
Definitely, do NOT sit at home and wait for a phone call. Multiple posts on Facebook and other platforms of social media help. There are usually gardeners, property maintenance people and rangers in areas near new suburbs so make sure the owners of the lost pets go around and email/text photos of their lost pet and their contact details.
As well as this, contact Blacktown and Hawkesbury pounds and ensure they haven’t yet received your dog. I think these are the only pounds in Sydney.
And of course, use Lost Pet Finders. I extremely loved your services because you made me feel supported throughout this whole process which calmed me down. When calm, people can think clearer. But if the organisation was rude and very distant with their assistance, I would’ve stressed out more and probably would’ve given up hope.
Lost Pet Finders encouraged me to keep looking even when I thought I had given up! Thank you so so much!" - Jess
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Max the Eclectus Parrot from Sydney NSW Monday 23 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Max the Eclectus
"Thank you once again. It was such a good feeling to have my Max back and for this I thank each an everyone who took their time to post and share on Facebook. I can’t believe there are still such kind human beings on this earth.
I got to know about Max as one lady inform me about the post on Facebook regarding she handed my lost bird to the lady from where I got my max as she too lost her bird and she thought Max was her bird.
When she found out that it was not her bird she posted on Facebook again that she found the bird. After that everyone whoever seen that post started sending messages to me. Even Kellyville pets send me the link and I found this lady with whom my bird was in her care.
I contact her from Las Vegas as I was on holiday but she was kind to respond us but we had a hard time to convince her that it is our bird. The strange thing was that she already gave this bird to someone who claimed my bird as her. After giving her evidence she finally agreed with us and took our bird from the one who took it from her and rest is the history.
When we lose my bird my family was so upset as he has been with us for three years and we are so used with him. The day he flew away I put him outside the cage in the evening but after some time he was missing. We found his missing after we checked our CCTV camera.
As soon as he flew away I posted on Facebook and on many websites but I did not get any response from anyone. After that, I went to the USA on holiday but my bird’s memory was still haunting me so on holiday I registered on your website that is Lostpetfinders and after that, within few days I found my Bird.
What I want to say to all pet lovers is that never lose hope but still never stop trying to find them and of course try to register on Lostpetfinders as it helped me find my bird back." - Radha
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Jazzy the Indian Ringneck from Gold Coast QLD Saturday 21 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Jazzy
"A lady called me on saturday after seeing one of my good old fashioned poster. The lady did not use social media and had no idea who to call so waited for someone to come knocking. It was only luck with that she drove a different way to work that day and saw it on a street corner.
When i walked in and called jazzy he almost screamed kept calling out... we both got quite teary as jazzy obviously knew who i was. He was so happy to be home that night and teko his buddy was glad to see him too!
The lady would not accept the reward so i returned with a gift and some champagne. I really thought i wouldn't see him again but am glad i covered all media especially posters" - Kathryn
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Sophie the lost cat from Brisbane QLD Friday 20 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Sophie the lost cat from Brisbane QLD
"I adopted Sophie probably about 4 years ago. As she is an adopted cat, we guessed her age now to be about 7-8 years old. Sophie is an indoor cat only. So she’s not equipped to be outside.
Anyway, I came home from work tonight, and couldn’t find her. She would normally greet me at the front door but she wasn’t there. I looked for her everywhere around the house, and couldn’t find her. She must have slipped out the door when I left for work this morning.
I left around 7am and by the time I get home at 5pm, she would have been outside by herself for a good 10 hours. I panicked. I called rspca, called local vets, called the council, register her as a missing pet to several different organisations including LPF.
I did get a call from the council about an hour later, and said there’s a cat nearing Sophie’s description found about a suburb away. I spoke to the lady over the phone, and she tried to keep the cat there for me. I drove there, but the cat had gone away again.
But the lady was very nice, she talked to her neighbours even to people jogging down the street and asked if they’ve seen a cat. I eventually found the cat, but unfortunately it wasn’t Sophie. The cat was a local neighbours’ cat.
I went back home and walked around my area for a good 2 hours. I had her food bowl and was shaking it, calling out her name, stopping and listening carefully if I could hear her meow. I had her used litter box stationed outside the front door of my house, in case she tried to find her way back home.
And luckily, my friend came over with a great big white torch, and we found her VERY WELL HIDDEN amongst the bushes. I was standing there already with my iPhone torch for a few minutes and I couldn’t see her at all! But my friend with his big white torch was able to see her.
She’s now home safe and sound.
I would like to say thank you to LPF. Even though I didn’t find her through LPF but I must say the service was excellent. I get emails straight away, and my post was up straight away. At least alleviating my anxiety a little bit, knowing that I’m doing something and someone could literally be with her as we speak and saw the post.
If I can share my experience and what I’ve learned from it...typical cat (especially females) usually doesn’t wonder too far from home. A nice big white torch really does help and never underestimate how well a cat can hide. So when you look around the bushes, or up the tree, make sure you really really look.
And it’s better to look when it’s quiet. After traffic had died down, as you can hear the cat better and there’s a better chance the cat won’t be too scared to come out of hiding.
To everyone looking for their pet, I completely get the anxiety and sickening feeling. I hope it’s ok to say that I will pray for you and the safety of your pets." - Agnes
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Jesus the lost cockatiel from Brisbane QLD Thursday 19 April 2018 @ 13:00
"Little Jesus was in a tree across a creek out back, my Mrs spotted him from our bedroom window at about 6.30am. Just a white speck off in the distance. I went and looked sure enough it was him.
Was a bit scared would not come when called I had to climb tree to get him. hes been very affectionate since his return. hes a little worse for wear missing a few feathers but ok." - Steve
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chuba the lost cat in Melbourne VIC Tuesday 17 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Chuba the lost cat in Melbourne VIC
"After five weeks of frantic searching and leaving no stone unturned I have finally found my beloved Siamese “Chuba”!!!
Thank you to lostPetfinders for all their advice and assistance and to all of you for your support and advice and well wishes. This has been a truly humbling experience. I thank each and every single one of you. This is our victory, one and all...
Chuba was found a few kilometres away from where we live by a kind and generous and loving couple who fed her and sheltered her and spend time with her and protected her until she and I could be reunited. They even organised people to come and watch out for her and feed her when they had to go away.
Looking after Chuba must’ve been a thankless and heartbreaking task because Chuba tends to be very unfriendly and very unforgiving. I have known people for years that Chuba has still not accepted and yet for some reason she found her way to this particular address and to M, a very particular person, who for some unknown and frankly unfathomable reason Chuba knew she could trust and knew would help her.
This couple went above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to safeguarding Chubas safety and our reunification and I will never be able to thank them enough for what they have done for me and my beloved Chuba... Thank you guys. And above all, thank you M. I can more than imagine how you are feeling right now. I am so sorry. Bless you.
If there is hope for me, then there is hope for EVERYONE!!! And the secret is NEVER GIVE UP. I thought Chuba and I would never see each other again because she will not go to people and will never let anybody handle her. It is a miracle she trusted M. She is like a cat-whisperer. I’m still in shock.
Anyway, through lostPetfinders I reached out to thousands and thousands of people. I issued lost pet alerts and Facebook boosts. I contacted eight different councils surrounding my local council. And golf courses and primary schools. I postered far and wide and I did letterbox drops in all the streets surrounding where we live. I contacted over 50 different veterinarians and emergency surgery clinics in my surrounding area. I Posted to Facebook. Rang all of the lost animal pounds and shelters. Used Gumtree and lostcritters and many other sites on the Internet where you can post profiles of lost pets.
I spoke to the local postman, informed local police, wedged Chubas bedding under the roof racks on my car to disperse her scent, sprinkled her kitty litter all over the front nature strip, Contacted local newspapers, spent hours walking the area calling her name and swishing and flicking one of her favourite toys so the sound would attract her... And everything else I could think, including Contacting local dog walkers and postering places of high traffic such as bus stops and supermarkets and going on dusk and dawn walks and talking to anyone I came across and letting them know personally that I was missing my cat followed by a brief description.... every single day I try to spend two or three hours doing everything I could.
Googling “ how to find a lost cat” and “ catch types and whether they go and they are lost” and so on and so forth was also enormously helpful.
Two things really stand out. One was that I spent time every day both in the earier hours and evening hours doing SOMETHING.... ANYTHING. I kept the wheels turning and I saved my tears for when the job was done. I kept my head in the game and I stayed disciplined and committed. Even though there were times when I despaired and began losing hope, I would stop myself. I would remind myself that Chuba was out there somewhere and that she needs me and that she is waiting for me an
d that she depends on me. And that it is not the time to feel sorry for myself when she is so totally dependent upon me to find her.
So I never gave up and I never stopped and I kept the wheels turning and turning...and To my shock and against all the odds with a truly difficult and skittish and frighten cat we beat the odds.
M, my and Chubas guardian angel, just so happened to alter her routine one day and to come across one of the posters I had placed increasingly further distances from my home and called me and reunited us.
Secondly, that the world is full of good and decent and loving, generous souls like M, my guardian angel, and that somewhere closer than you might think, your precious is being cared for and is hoping and waiting and praying you never give up looking for them and that you will be there soon.
Finally... it’s important to;
-Microchip your pets! And update your details if they change!
-Register your pet with your local council!
-Ask your vet EVERY VISIT to check the microchip is still working and is still detectable and hasn’t moved position!
Consider a GPS collar or a GPS implanted chip... Microchips and GPS chips are different! Microchips don’t emit signals and can’t be “located”!
-and never take anyone’s word for something and make sure you check the pounds and lost animals shelters personally and regularly!
Never allow yourself to give up.
Keep your head in the game.
Remember that they are waiting.
And that they miss you!
Now it’s off to the vet to enquire regarding GPS chips!!
I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but I’m sure I have given so many people were involved... It’s been less than 24 hours and I’m still in shock. Thank you to each and every one of you and good luck! With Warmest Regards" - Jeff and Chuba
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Pharoah the lost cat from Moreton Bay QLD Monday 16 April 2018 @ 13:00
"Pharaoh went missing on Easter Saturday. He had possibly gone on Good Friday - but we didn't miss him until the Saturday.
There were two possibilities about his disappearance. The first is that he was taken by someone - possibly local children - and the second is that he went somewhere and was accidentally locked in over the Easter break (perhaps if folk went away for the long weekend).
We were distraught, because he is usually an inside cat who smooches a LOT. We prayed hard, advertised everywhere, and offered a $100 reward for his return - no questions asked (this was to entice the children we suspected might have taken him).
Several people told us to put out his toilet, as apparently lost cats can smell their own boxes from a long way away, and it guides them home. I assumed that we needed a poop in the box (I don't know why I thought that), and I was worried, because there was only urine.
Even so, I put the box outside the front door on Monday Tuesday night. Pharaoh had been missing for at least 3 days, and I was despairing. It seemed to me that if he was going to come back, he would have done so. My only hope is that he was trapped somewhere and still trying to get out.
At around 3am on Wednesday morning, we heard a soft mewing. A bedraggled wet Pharaoh was asking for food. He was soaking from the rain, hungry, and traumatised. He said hello to our other animals. After he'd eaten, he wanted to snuggle into human bed and sleep.
He slept the whole day - he was in a very deep sleep and it was my opinion that he hadn't slept properly for days. My final opinion is still the same. He either went to someone's house and was accidentally locked in somewhere whilst they went away for a few days, or some children took him - in which case, he got out, or someone let him out when the children were asleep.
The tip about the dirt box was fantastic as it may have guided him home." - Pharoah
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Missy the found cat from Melbourne VIC Friday 13 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Missy the found cat from Melbourne VIC
Comments from Rebecca (the wonderful person who found Missy and made the reunion happen):
"I dropped some flyers with a picture of the kitten around the area that I found her, and luckily enough one of the letter boxes belonged to the kittens owner.
I made sure to ask the person to describe a detail only the owner would know about the cat (colour of her collar) so that I was sure she was going to the right person.
Lost Pet Finders were amazing I couldn’t believe how proactive the site itself was with the Pet Radar, the tips on what to do first (helped me a lot) and how many people spread the word.
As an owner of two pets myself it makes me really happy to know such a fantastic service is out there if I ever need it again. Thanks again" - Rebecca
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Push the lost cat from VIC Australia Thursday 12 April 2018 @ 13:00
"She is home! I left a comment on the facebook listing saying that she never wanders far from me and never fails to let me know where she is so last night was definitely something out of the ordinary.
She is very cuddly since she came rushing back through the door. I am still convinced she was in the tradesman's van. I believe he found her there and kept her locked up until he could drop her back this morning.
I might never know because I am actually at loggerheads with that company over a few issues and I think he might be a little scared to admit anything about Push in case it adds to my resentment of them. But if he did drop her back this morning, I am so very grateful.
I live in a semi-rural situation, so it's not as though she can just wander into another house and stay there the night. The closest house has two big dogs, she would not willingly go there; and if she had been here anywhere she would have come to my call especially at tea time.
All very strange, but a great outcome. My oldest son had just walked into the room and I told him that Push was lost. He said "She's right there". And there she was, running in through the open door, a little wide-eyed and jumpy.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and just for being there giving us somewhere to turn." - Gayle
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Katie the dog from Sydney NSW Saturday 07 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNITED OF THE DAY: Katie
"I received a call from a home owner saying they found her on their front verandah this morning. They think she might have been there for at least a few hours because their own dogs were barking.
She was found 3 streets away from the last confirmed siting. She was the end of a road that ended in a cauldersac. I think she just stopped from exhaustion. She was a dog that only manages walks of 500m but had traveled 2 km so was further away than I thought she would be.
We do know she had backtracked but from where from I don't know. It was her dog collar with her details that enabled the person to contact me. I had her home address and telephone number; my mobile number and The NRMA membership dog tag on two dog tags. She also was microchipped and registered with the local council.
Things I realised throughout the ordeal:
- I had previously pre-registered her details into a lost pet site in case she disappear but at the time couldn't remember the site name. Will now have it close by.
- I didn't have a good photo of her handy for inserting into lost pet sites. Time was lost looking for one.
- She was being minded by my sister in another suburb so was in unfamiliar teritory when she got out. This made her less predictable.
- She had been displaying signs of anxiety before the escape. I chose to continue my holiday instead of attending to it.
- The lost pet sites for your local area are invaluable. Once it's more than a search beyond a street or two bring them in. They can transmit your pet's details quickly and widely to others and the more eyes the better.They also had search suggestions I hadn't considered.
- The lost pet sites are also vital for recording sitings by people. Without sitings there is too much area to search and valuable time is lost. This would be the most important part of a search - being able to receive input by others in real time.
- I was flawed by the number of people on the net who were willing to help. There's an army of fellow pet lovers out there who are willing to help and want nothing more in return than to see you reunited with your pet.
-Having support from other pet lovers helped me psychologically. Knowing many people were looking made it easier to bear.
-Even though my dog's location was rung through via her dog collar tag, using an internet lost pet site was still invaluable. It was the sitings that told me where to look and it was the platform that enabled me to receive that information.
In my opinion internet lost pet sites provide a crucial role in lost pet searching." - Jenny