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.

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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

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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

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"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.

Be disciplined.

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

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