REUNION OF THE DAY: Prince the Shetland Sheepdog in Perth WA Monday 21 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Prince the Shetland Sheepdog in Perth WA
"Prince is like another child to me. We have only been together for 10 months, but he quickly claimed me as his 'mum', and our family have nurtured him from when we first got him at 7 months old. He is a very gentle and special dog, however, is wary of people as it appears that he has suffered some trauma prior to being welcomed into our family.
He went missing in unusual circumstances as I was in a suburb that we were not familiar with (an hour's drive from our home), as I was visiting a friend that day. When I realised he had gone missing I felt sick with anxiety.
I went searching in my car within 10 mins of him being gone, and my friend assisted. We saw him running down a busy road towards another very busy main road, and managed to corner him and he then panicked and ran across the road to the other side and vanished.
We spend until dusk that day searching by car around all the surrounding streets, parks and local bushland and went door knocking to try to find him. I also called all local vets and the pound within 2 hours of his disappearance.
Then later that night I went on all social media platforms with a 'lost' ad, and felt encouraged by the words of support and climbing Facebook coverage, and sharing via 'Lost Pet Finders'. I also checked that Prince's microchip details were current, and informed the Registry that he was lost.
I printed fliers and my friends posted information on their Facebook sites, and other lost animal sites. The following day I went to some petrol stations, stock food places and major shopping centres within a 20 km radius, with the fliers. I found it very encouraging with the positive responses I received.
Within a few hours of driving and searching and distributing the fliers, I received a call from a boy who simply said 'I've found your dog'. The relief from those words was indescribable. I asked him to hold Prince and stay with him until I got there, as he was only a 1 minute drive away.
Prince had exhausted himself from running and was laying down on the verge of his driveway next to his car. When I saw him I was overjoyed, and he had a look of recognition and relief on his face that I won't forget. It turns out that this kind boy had looked at the tag on Prince's collar and had called me from these details.
I was so grateful that he had reunited us, and had also given Prince water to drink, and had stayed with him to ensure he didn't run away. It made me realise how kind and caring people can be, and I was so very grateful for this.
I found the most difficult part of the process was to try to manage the grief and anguish I felt for Prince, and my thoughts about what could happen to him if I didn't find him soon enough. And the helpless feeling of just not knowing where he was or what was happening to him, and imagining the panic and anxiety he must be feeling.
So, I tried to channel all of those sad feelings into absolute determination to do everything possible to find him, as I knew that this was what Prince was depending on. And I wanted to focus on finding him safe, and just bring him home.
I thank everyone who was involved with this journey, and for their support and encouragement, and for helping to increase exposure to improve the chances of finding Prince. It is so lovely to feel that sense of compassion from others.
My heart goes out to the pets and owners who are in the same predicament. Never give up hope, and be relentless in your searching efforts. Although it seems impossible, try to redirect your grief into positive energy and strategies to find your pet as soon as possible.
And most importantly, stay safe in your efforts to do this, and have faith that you will be reunited." - Renee
REUNITED OF THE DAY: Charlie the sulphur-crested cockatoo parrot lost in Sydney NSW Friday 18 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNITED OF THE DAY: Charlie the sulphur-crested cockatoo parrot lost in Sydney NSW
"Charlie came into my house when my daughter brought him home unexpectedly. Oh not another animal to look after! He had the intellect of a two-year-old child and he very quickly became my two year old.
He warmed to me after a short standoff....being a couple of nasty pecks and ear-piercing screeches to stay away. The owner-breeder stated he was a year old male and already was saying ‘Hello Charlie’. Now he barks when the dogs bark. He tells them ‘Naughty” when they get too noisy and he likes to play and say ‘Peekaboo”. “Whatchadoing’ is one of his favourite words. On a rare special occasion for me, he will call my name. We often had intimate moments where we would kiss and declare our love for each other. He would whisper back squeaking ‘”I love you”’
About seven weeks ago he had a terrible accident where he pierced his bottom beak on the wire holding a seed bell and he was hanging with the wire protruding from his throat. Thankfully I heard his gut wrenching screams and a pair of pliers were handy so I managed to cut him loose and with help hold him to remove the wire. He recovered well and we have an even stronger bond.
Charlie is an escape artist. His wings had been cut but obviously not correctly so he could fly of sorts and on two escapes I was able to coax him down from a tree.
He would remove the wire bars from his cage and I found that he could maneuver the cage catch so it was decided to get a sturdy aviary for him...one designed for Macaws and other big birds.
I had to go into hospital for a spinal fusion and I was told on the first night that he had flown off again but he was hanging around the place and even had spent time visiting our neighbour’s old Cockatoo about half a kilometre away.
As I was the only person he allowed to touch him I knew he would have to wait until I got home from hospital .....certainly making me recover fast from the operation..
I hope you are not going to climb a tree was the discharging nurses concern?
I arrived home to be greeted by ‘whatchadooing’ his voice way up high in one of our casuarina trees.
For the following four or five days, he circled our property and our neighbours had to be tolerant as I constantly called to him to ensure he knew where l was and to entice him home with a promise of a big new aviary and I would get him a friend. I was concerned now as he may not be getting enough food and water and he had had to weather a bad storm. The nights were getting colder.
It was very disheartening when I could not hear him call back. There were other wild Cockatoos in the area I feared that he had venture away and I had lost him forever.
I left a flyer at our local shops and looked to advertise my lost friend on the internet. He had not been heard of for four days day and had been flying around since the 22n April he could be weak and stressed.
I found the LPF website quickly and without hesitating, I registered my lost buddy.
Within a short time, I had posts stating that there was a found cockatoo advertised and I had a pensive wait until the next morning when I contact the Sydney Veterinary Hospital at Kellyville – they had a cockatoo that someone had handed to them.
Was this cockatoo talking so that I could be sure it was him. ‘’No! Kellie said. “He has not said anything however come on in and have a look if it is your cockatoo”.
I drove to the veterinary hospital telling myself the odds are fairly good but not to be disappointed if this bird is not Charlie. He was found in a drain, coaxed out and caught before he could fly off again by come cleaver concerned person.
I arrived at the hospital wondering how to describe a sulphur crested cockatoo when they are all so similar. I wonder whether he had a scar at the base of his beak and throat that would identify him.
I arrived and spoke to the lovely veterinary nurse and she asked me to come to the back. As I approached I called out to Charlie hoping to hear his eager hello back. No call... I had a look in a cage and I saw a cockatoo with his cocky comb in full flare looking down at me. I was told that this is the most interest he has shown since they have had him. I would know as soon as the cage is opened as they
claim he was very stand-offish with everyone.
The cage was opened and he immediately leaned forward for my kisses and cuddles. Shortly after thanking everyone we were in the car heading home At the back door I heard him say “hello Charlie’.
He is still a bit quiet and sooky and sits quietly on the back of my chair eating a piece of apple while I write this. Oh, Charlie what a mess! He will stay inside until his new escape proof aviary is fully built." - Monika
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: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC Friday 11 May 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION OF THE DAY: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC
"Our Ziggy boy is a Russian Blue cat and is 2 (human) year’s young. He is a beautiful, loving and smoochy cat who loves sleeping lots and playing with out Minature Groodle dog Ginger.
He usually stays close to our house but must’ve got curious early one morning and took a stroll. Ziggy didn’t come home at all that day so I knew something wasn’t right. I signed up to Lost Pet Finders (LPF) that very night before I went to bed and posted to all the local & City missing pet sights in the hopes of getting good news in the morning.
Ziggy was found by a local neighbour on another road about 350 meters / 4 minute walk from where we live almost a week (day 6) after he went missing. They heard his cries beside their house and they fed him (he was starving) and then went door knocking to see who’s family he belonged to.
Another neighbour recognised Ziggy from the picture of the flyer I made posted to our local lost pets group and she messaged me via Facebook to check. I couldn’t believe our luck! They also took him to their local vet in the evening & I picked him up and took him to the animal emergency clinic for assessment.
Unfortunately Ziggy was hit by a car and has a broken leg. He is very lucky to be found alive and now we’re following our local vet’s instructions on his recovery which will take 6+ weeks.
The social media really helped find Ziggy and the LPF website was so quick & easy to use. I was able to just copy the link & post to wherever I needed. The general updates, useful tips & encouragement I got was really helpful & helped me stay focused rather than crying and being in a sickening state of anxiousness and helplessness all the time.
I went out looking every day for Ziggy, did flyer drops and called for him early & late every night, left his litter box and bed out front and asked the angels to bring him home. I was a bit limited about when I could look having a 6 month old to look after but I took our dog & bubby out every day for a stroll and walk looking & calling for Ziggy and never gave up.
However if I had done the 3am scout of all the streets within a 500 metre radius I might well have found him much sooner because he was injured so he might’ve been hiding somewhere not far from the road.
We’re now going to invest in a cat enclosure so he can’t escape our backyard and will be dropping off thank you cards to our neighbours who found him and cared enough to help him and get him home. Thanks" - Niomi
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: 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: 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: 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 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: Tara the cat from Melbourne VIC Australia Monday 09 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY:
"We were very excited this afternoon to find Tara after 2 weeks missing. We had done all the things you suggested and are very grateful for your tips. The best suggestion was to letter box drop everyone in our long street and the immediate street behind. This gave us several phone calls from neighbour who said they had sightings. We did the posters, kept checking, calling etc etc.
However we found her next door! I had been out in the back yard today calling her name and shaking her tin of biscuits as this is a noise the cats recognise. I really did not think this would do anything as I had done this nearly every day since she went missing and was not hopeful.
We heard a meow and it got stronger as I called her name. Our neighbours who had already looked for her as well heard it and we both worked out finally that it was coming from under their house. We saw her through one of the floor space grills, and then via their crawl space door, I shone a torch, called her name and she came to me.
We don’t know how she got in and why she could not get out. I don’t believe she had been there for 2 weeks as we would have heard her before. She had lost her collar so I suspect something happened and she finally found her way back.
Thank you truly for your site. Your helpful emails and the support of others made a big difference.
Took her to vet today and apart from losing close to 1kg in weight vet says she is looking remarkably good for a cat lost for 14 days. I do know there are kind people out there and maybe someone left some water/food during this time for her. Otherwise how do they survive?? I know I would do this if I saw a cat/dog that looked lost.
I think this proves again for me that all cats are smart animals! It is so nice to see all the 'finally they are home' stories on your sites. Unfortunately I know there are some owners that are not so fortunate, which is very sad.
Here is a picture of Tara, this was taken after we found her yesterday." - Eileen
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Cadbury the dog from Caboolture, Moreton Bay QLD Friday 06 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Cadbury from Caboolture, Moreton Bay QLD
"I had called the Vet’s office yesterday to report Cadbury missing and they got my details and with my consent passed it onto the Council. I received a call from the Council after hours service Officer this morning to confirm that she had retrieved Cadbury from a house two streets away.
Cadbury had wandered 360 metres and dug under their fence and into their backyard. They were wonderful people who have two dogs of their own. They fed him and gave him water and kept him overnight.
They called the Council this morning and reported the incident and Council got in touch with us after matching our description that was provided to them by the Vet’s office and Cadbury’s microchip.
We are so grateful for all the assistance that we received from you guys and members of the public who were very encouraging on the Facebook site. We particularly want to thank the family that housed him and fed him overnight. It was a very anxious night for us.
Having been reunited with Cadbury, it’s the best Easter for us, ever!" - Vinod and Gina
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Mindy from Port Stephens, Hunter NSW Thursday 05 April 2018 @ 13:00
REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Mindy
"Mindy is one of 3 siblings and along with mother cat they were once owned but when their owners moved out of house they left Mum and 3 babies behind to fend for themselves. After some time a Rescue group found and trapped them and I become their foster carer and later signed over to me after having them all for 9 months.
A lovely couple decided they would adopt Mindy and her brother.
They were on adoption trial when the couple needed to travel to their holiday home as it was flooding and bundled the pair into their large soft crate for the 4 hour journey.
At the half way point the lady decided to offer them a drink of water in their carrier in the car and when a little opening was unzipped Mindy jumped through and ran off into scrub.
I travelled from Sydney to Raymond Terrace the day I found out (day after her jumping out). Before I left I put her on Lost Pet Alert and also paid for the advert to go to the local vets, rangers, pounds etc. I also printed up flyers to put up in the local area.
I was certain I was going to bring her back that day with me…..but was extremely disappointed when I couldn’t see her after 2 hours drive and 6 hours searching I had to leave and make the drive home again through blurry eyes!
The best part is from the Alert going to local vets one of the local Rescue ladies (Kylie from Port Stephens Rescue) called me and met me up on site and she told me that she would continue to stay on the case until Mindy was found! She had such determination, patience of a saint, and would put feed stations out in various areas.
Go looking after midnight. See which food station was eaten etc and concentrate on the area. We had a number of people with sightings but it wasn’t Mindy.
Luckily one day (after 2 weeks being missing) Kylie (from Rescue) was on her rounds and actually sighted Mindy laying in the sunshine in long grass near a timber yard.
Sadly there was flooding and heavy rain from that night for 3 days.
Kylie knew Mindy had shelter and would be safe and kept the feeding up which was taken each night and then knew to concentrate on that area. The food stations were moved closer to an area where she could be trapped.
After 3 weeks and 1 day of being missing she was finally trapped. Kylie took her to the vet straight away who apart from some cuts, dirt and a little gash was in good health.
It was a great team effort as we were constantly on Messenger with updates and keeping Kylie uplifted as she was doing a fabulous job for us. I printed more flyers and letterbox drop flyers that Kylie had distributed.
We emailed the vets, pounds etc even though Lost Pet Alert did this we sent more photos. I had a council person call me and go over the microchip details etc
It was determination and not losing faith that kept us all going. The first light was Kylie sighting her. From then we kept up the hope she would stay in the area.
Mindy was approx 700 metres from where she first went into the scrub and had found a quite, safe place and stayed there.
Had she not had the feed stations she may have wondered further looking for food. We thank god that she didn’t cross the 4 lanes of pacific highway at the scrub where she ran into. We are elated to have Mindy safe and sound back with her brother Mork." - Helen
Scaredy Pups: Helping Your Dog Get Up The Stairs Monday 12 March 2018 @ 08:26
Last month, we helped to reunite border collie Maiden with her family. Maiden had a fear of thunder, so we decided to give you all some tips on helping your pup’s fear of thunder to celebrate the reunion. Astraphobia, the fear of thunder, is one of the most common fears experienced by dogs, along with fear of other loud noises such as fireworks. Other examples of common doggy fears include:
We’ll discuss all of these fears in the future, but first we’re going to explore one of the strangest and most inconvenient of the common dog fears: The Fear of Stairs.
Many of us have encountered a dog who is afraid of staircases and other steps, or at least seen videos of them online. Watching your pup cry, give up, tuck their tail between their legs or tremble hopelessly at the sight of stairs can be understandably stressful or upsetting for any caring owner.
A common way of dealing with this fear is to force the dog up and down the steps in an attempt to show them there’s nothing to be afraid of. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t always help an animal to overcome the fear. To truly help your dog’s fear, you really need an understanding of the underlying causes.
There are any number of different reasons that this fear has developed. In some cases, the dog might have experienced something in the past that has caused them to associate stairs with things that are scary, hurtful or otherwise unpleasant. Maybe the dog was once scolded for ascending, descending or going near a set of steps, or was pushed down them.
Perhaps the dog fell down steps as a puppy and was frightened by the experience, or has simply never come across stairs before.
Maybe the dog was abused by previous owners, and was led up steps to the place where the abuse occurred. Older dogs may develop a fear of stairs if they’re used to living in single-storey homes and are suddenly moved into a house with more than one floor. If your dog never had to climb stairs in their formative years and received no training, it’s likely you’ll see a certain amount of fear at first.
In these cases, it’s very possible that even the most well-behaved and gentle dog will bite or nip their owner in a bid to communicate their fear. Rather than forcing your dog to live through their biggest fear with no effect, it’s often a better idea to help them through use of counter-conditioning and positive reinforcement (positive motivators like treats and praise).
However, before you attempt to train them out of this fear, you should consult with your vet first to make sure this step-phobia isn’t the result of an injury or other physical condition.
Overcoming the Fear
The good news is that it’s generally fairly simple to help your dog recover from their fear of the stairs. These are just a few tips to help you on your way:
- Make Way! Before trying to get your dog up the stairs, make sure the steps are clear and safe. Remove anything that your dog could knock over or stumble on. Getting spooked right at the start of training will only make matters worse!
- Counter-Condition! As the Animal Humane Society explain, “Counter conditioning means training an animal to display a behaviour that is different than his current reaction to a stimulus.” In other words, you want to replace your dog’s reaction of fear with one of excitement or joy. You may begin by standing near the staircase and encouraging your dog to approach. Tools that may come in handy here include a high value treat or a cherished toy.
- When your dog comes to you by the stairs, shower them with praise and reward them appropriately. Try to remove their negative association to the stairs by replacing it with the feeling that they are the best dog on the planet.
- Start at the Beginning! Don’t try to force your dog to run before they’ve learned to walk. If the stairs in your house are very steep, make things simpler by taking Rover somewhere with low, wide steps. Get your dog to practice climbing here with all of the encouragement, treats and rewards they need. If possible, someone should stay behind them on the stairs to provide extra support. Each time they reach the top or bottom of the steps, give them an extra special reward.
- Ups and Downs! Keep in mind that going up and down the stairs can be two completely different experiences for dogs, and require different skill sets. Once your dog has mastered going up the stairs, be prepared to start the entire process again from the top!
- Choose Your Timing Wisely. Dogs are more receptive to training when they are happy and alert. If your dog is overly tired, needs to eat or is eagerly waiting for a walk, it’s best to save your training for later. It’s also a good idea to keep Rover’s interest by splitting training sessions into numerous shorter (around 10 minutes) sessions rather than one long lesson.
- It can be a good idea to plan your training sessions for directly before playtime or a walk outside. This will mean your dog is happier about training as they’ll know that something fun will happen afterwards.
If you believe your dog’s fear of stairs may be as a result of abuse in the past, there may be some other things you can do to help them. Start by reading some of our other posts on the subject!
- Rehabilitating Your Previously Abused Dog
- Rehabilitating Your Previously Abused Dog: A Few More Tips
- How can I tell if my rescue dog was abused?
- What is the RSPCA?