Lost and Found
Good news our cat came home last night.
Very thankful to have him back.
JThanks again for EVERYTHING.
Jack is now safe at home after being turned in to an animal shelter nearly 200 km from home!
The animal shelter did scan for Jack's chip, although they also had a lost dog report on him that we had just updated that afternoon. It was the lost dog report that originally prompted them to call us and say "We think we have your dog", and when I called them back the following morning they were able to tell me that they had scanned him and confirmed his ownership.
The family who had originally picked up our dog 11 days earlier had taken him on vacation with them and were quite proud of the fact that they had such fun with him! Meanwhile, we had been going through an awful time -- handing out flyers, sticking up posters, losing sleep, crying, spending hours on the phone and the internet. Some people have no idea, do they?
I came to realize during my search, that vets in particular, do not scan a new dog (patient) for a microchip. I had wondered about shelters, and as you said, wondered if they might scan and miss the chip. It's a bit of a gap in the system, isn't it? We had printed off 1100 flyers to send to every Ontario vet, to request that they scan any new dog coming in who matched Jack's description -- but we were so very lucky to get him back before distribution of the flyers.
So all is well with our family again. Jack made the front page of the our local newspaper. I was interviewed on one of our local radio stations, and was able to remind pet owners to have their pets chipped, and to keep their contact information up to date. The family who had taken Jack called me, and I offered to pay the adoption fee for a dog from the shelter, as they had been planning to adopt Jack! So, another dog now has a new home -- one less dog in the shelter.
Thank you so much for all your help. It's nice to know that there is a support system of people like you who can help and understand during such a difficult time.
My dog has been FOUND.
Your website instructions on how to find a lost dog were very helpful to me. I e-mailed everyone in my contact list with an attachment photo (including all the places you suggested such as the animal shelters and road crews (nasty but necessary) – and asked them to forward my e-mail to everyone in their contact list. In the end someone had seen him wandering and called the locale Humane Society who picked him up and kept him over the (long) weekend.
Thank you so much for your help
Thanks everybody for your help and searching all over the placed for Flossy.
You've been a wealth of ideas, that I may not otherwise would have thought of under this time of stress.
Thank-you for that. I find I am unable to concentrate on NOTHING else, except getting her back somehow.
Great idea about the kids, as soon as they are back in school I will do just that.
Good news, HE IS HOME....
Thank you so much for everything!!
Dear Debbie: Thank you for your compassionate letter. I just want to let you know what I have done. I put flyers in everyone in our subdivisions mail boxes, even up and down the highway and the next subdivision over as well. I have driven everywhere shaking a box of food and have posted flyers on all the mailboxes that do not have rural mailboxes. I have driven up and down all local roads not hoping but not hoping to find her in a ditch. I have taken a rake and moved all the bushes in the local subdivision that maybe she was injured and crawled under something. I have asked all the neighbours to look in sheds etc. We have a system where we trap our cats if they scoot out the first door and anyone responsible gets her from the garage. That way she goes no where but as far as the garage. Someone must have been visiting and let her into the garage and when my son came home, it's mostly his cat, he opened the door at 10 p.m. and she scooted out. When she first gets out, she won't come to you, but then always comes back in an hour or so. I went looking at 11 p.m. but it was strangely quiet. I called my son, because I knew he would be concerned. He came home and looked and looked. No avail. We stayed up all night. Another cat in our subdivision went missing the same night. I put 4 ads in the local papers and have notified all the pounds and animal rescues as you know. I just pray she returns. I am heart sick. They are like my kids except they don't talk back. I appreciate your advice and another lady called me to tell me that you helped her find her cat just a few doors away. Thank you again. Barb
I just want to say a heartfelt thanks for the article about finding a lost, indoor-only cat.
I am very happy to say that Hunter is back home. He had wandered onto a woman’s property were she fed him and called animal control who then picked him up. I’d lie to thank you for all your help. It has been greatly appreciated.
Bandit is back home!!!!!
With the help of like minded people like you he was
spotted with the aid of one of the flyers that were all over .
He is now home safe, looking a little haggart but home.
God Bless and thank you for everything.