REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 13:00

pit bull staffy dog lost found reunited Melbourne VIC Australia

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

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC Saturday 28 April 2018 @ 13:00

lost husky dog found reunited Geelong VIC Australia

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

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Katie the dog from Sydney NSW Saturday 07 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNITED OF THE DAY: Katielost dog found reunited sydney nsw australia

"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

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