REUNION OF THE DAY: Tony the cat lost in Melbourne VIC Friday 01 June 2018 @ 13:00
"Thank you so much for the support you give to us. I am really grateful and feel luck that Tony came back. I would like to share the story Tony's return. I really hope that other people who lost their cats can learn from our experience.
The last time we saw Tony before his missing is around 3:00pm, Saturday afternoon, the 6th May. We have 3 cats, and they are all indoor cats. Tony and Jethro are only turned 1 year old. Alex is still a baby.
We occasionally let Tony and Jethero out for half day on weekends when my husband works in the backyard. Normally, they will want to go back inside the house after a couple of hours. But last Saturday, we saw Tony walking on the fence towards front yard around 3:00pm, then never seeing them again.
We started to call them when sun started to go down, but with no luck. So we searched neighbour area, call their names, but they never came back. We did the search and calling around 9:30 pm, then 11:00pm, no result. We put the cats sleeping bed out in front door, and food bowls out side back door. It was about midnight, my husband went out for last try, he heard a very faint bell in our neighbour's front yard, he went to call the cats name, Jethero came out, tried to sniff his hand but startled by some noise and ran away again.
He quickly came back and get Jethro's food bowl with some food. When the second time he went to call Jethro with the food, the cat came to him and sniffed him, so huby scooped him up, brought him back. But Tony still was nowhere to be seen.
Jethero is a timid cat, he is easy to be scared and always hides. On the contrary, Tony is always buoyant, adventurous, brave, and always seems to be able to protect himself. He probably just wants to wonder around a bit. So we thought he could be alright over on night. He would come back Sunday morning.
However, by 10:00am Sunday morning , there was still no sign of Tony, I felt really heavy in my heart. In the end, Tony is an indoor cat, he never wondered out of our property. He is not experienced, if something had scared him, fear would get the best of him and driven him away from home, he could be disoriented.
So we started the search again. We spent all day walking about the area and streets, calling Tony's name, knocking on neighbours' doors. We did that about every 1~2 hours but without luck. By 12:00 pm midnight, I was exhausted and lost hope. I couldn't sleep. I went out around 1:00am, couldn't call out, so I used his food bowl making knocking sound and make noises with my mouth as well.
I believe that I stirred up all the cats in our neighbourhood. I even got another cat came out talked to me for a couple of minutes. By then, I believed that Tony wasn't nearby and totally lost. I remembered that I read on internet that somebody suggested to search lost pet at around 3:00~4:00am, the quietest time, so the lost pet can hear your voice better.
As the last effort, I went out at around 4:00am, knocking the food bowl and called his name quietly at every inter section in our area and waited a couple of minutes. When Tony didn't turn up, I gave up and went back home around 5:00am.
6:00am Monday morning, we got up to prepare for my daughter for school; and I opened the back screen door (timber door never closed over the past 2 nights just in case he came back, scratching and we cannot hear him) had a last look without any hope in my mind. Its like a miracle, I heard this weak and faint meow on the side of the house, I shout out: 'Tony!'.
Hear he was, timid and hesitated he looked up to me and started to wobbly move towards the door. I scooped him up. He lost a lot of weight in just 2 days. he looked nervous, exhausted and scared. His front paws' skin were ripped off, though the nails seemed intact. I think he must run a long way home. Or probably not far but had to zigzaged a long way to find home. It must be the last round calling at 4:00am worked the miracle. The faint sound and faint hope brought him home.
What I want to say to the fellow owners who lost their pets is that never give up hope. Always try at night or really early morning to search for them. As long as they can hear you, they will come back. They can hear a long way. You need to let them know where is the lighthouse and guide them to come back home.
I apology for my English, which is not my native language. I hope what I write is understandable and can help a bit. Thanks again and kind regards" - Ying
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 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 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: 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