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: 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: 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
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 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: 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: 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