Understanding and Locating Lost Pets

As you know from your own past or present experience, a lost or missing pet situation can be a very stressful time. These feelings are understandable because your pet is part of your family and you sincerely want your pet to return home.

In the information below, I have included some of the reasons that pets leave their homes or run away from their homes, what techniques I use to help locate them and why they may or may not return home on their own or be found. There is also a list of helpful tips at the bottom of this page that you can implement in conjunction with what I am doing to search for, and hopefully locate, your lost pet.

It is never guaranteed that a lost or missing pet will be found. Nor is it guaranteed that they will return home on their own even if they are roaming freely. No animal communicator would make these types of guarantees. In my experience in working with lost animals, I have had a significant amount of animals located either because of the information I relay to their human companions from their pets or return home on their own with the instructions that I provide to them.

Why Pets Leave Their Homes or Run Away:

In addition to the obvious reasons (i.e. something frightened them, neglect or abuse, they are in heat and/or they have an overwhelming desire to go out and explore their surroundings) that pets become missing, there is also a not-so-obvious reason that I have found. Like us, animals come into this realm of existence with a mission. Some refer to this as your life’s path. Not all animals have more than one mission during the same lifetime, but some do. So, some animals, therefore, have been known to leave because their life’s mission may be taking them in another direction. For example, if your pet’s mission is to help their human companion through a major life change and that has been done, then they may leave their home and find another human companion where the same mission can be fulfilled.

The Techniques I Use to Help Locate Lost Animals or Help Them Find Their Own Way Home:

I use map dowsing in combination with animal communication to assist in locating lost animals. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years. In modern times, dowsing has been used to detect water for wells, mineral deposits and archaeological artifacts hidden in the earth. Using a map, this same practice can be used to determine the general location of the lost animal.

Why Lost Animals May Not Return Home or Be Found:

In addition to the obvious reasons why lost animals may not return home immediately, or ever, (their life’s mission is taking them in a new direction, they have transitioned, they are injured and have entered into a protective state while they recover from their injuries, etc.), there are a few more reasons that also need to be considered. There are animals that I have encountered that have been stolen and cannot return home on their own. I have also had animals tell me that they believe there are too many animals in the house and, therefore, they leave. One lost animal in particular told me that she would not return home because she believed that the predator (coyote) that scared her away in the first place will come back if she tries to return home.

Tips for Finding Lost or Missing Pets:

There are many things (in addition to contacting me as soon as possible for assistance) that can be done to increase your chances of being reunited with your lost or missing pet.

1. Create a laminated ‘lost animal’ sign that contains the word ‘REWARD’ at the top, a recent color picture of the animal in the center of the sign and the phone number to contact if the animal is seen by someone or found. It is very important not to list any other details.

2. Post the sign around your neighborhood, at local veterinarian’s offices, at the county animal control shelter and at local animal rescue shelters.

3. If you live in a major city with a lot of restaurants nearby, provide each restaurant with the ‘lost animal’ sign. After all, the animal will find food wherever it is convenient.

4. If your animal is micro chipped, contact the company (i.e. Avid) to ensure that they have your current information on file in case someone contacts them about finding your pet.

5. Visit the local county animal control shelter and local animal rescue shelters to see if your pet is among those at the shelters. Do this as often as possible because new animals come into the shelter frequently.

6. Place an ad in the local newspaper about the lost animal. Include the same information that you have on the ‘lost animal’ sign.

7. Check ‘found’ pet ads in the local newspaper and on local shelter web sites.

8. Canvas a three-block radius around your neighborhood from your home and talk to your neighbors about your lost pet’s description. But, unless you actually see your pet, please do not call for them while you are searching for them. The reason for this is if they do happen to hear you, you may be gone by the time they get to where you were when you called for them. Instead, either call for them from the front yard or backyard of your home or, if you do look for them by car, look silently.

9. If your lost pet is a cat, set up a humane trap, pet taxi or crate in a safe area around the exterior of your home (upper deck or outside porch) at night and leave it out until morning. Put a bowl of fresh soft cat food and water in the enclosure to lure the cat into the enclosure. Also, cover the trap with a towel, blanket or other familiar item with their scent on it. You may catch other animals as well, but you might also catch your own pet.

10. If you live in a neighborhood that has a homeowner’s association, contact one of the board members and ask them to post your pet’s information on the neighborhood web site and to also send out an e-mail to everyone in the neighborhood asking that you be called if someone sees your pet.

11. If you live near a location that your pet frequently visits (dog park, pet sitter, groomer, vet, etc.), contact the individuals who frequent those areas and ask that they keep an eye out for your pet.

12. Actively keep searching for your pet no matter how much time has elapsed. Lost animals can turn up weeks, and sometimes months or years after they’ve been lost.