As an animal communicator specializing in working with lost animals, I’ve had the pleasure of reuniting many families with their missing pets. Two such cases transpired in London not too long ago when cat owners in London contacted me about their missing cats. The first cat, Colin, wandered off after being in his new home only two days. The other, Bebe, slipped out while the door to her home was accidentally left open.
Colin, a handsome tabby-and-white, had previously gone missing for 10 months and had only recently returned prior to him moving with his family to their new home. Being in his new residence for only two days, his family was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to recognize his new home should he choose to return. Being an animal communicator, I was able to tell Colin’s family that he told me that he wasn’t scared and that he was staying in an alley not far from their new home. He also told me that he was easily sidetracked and was very fascinated by all of the new surroundings. During my communication with Colin, I told Colin that his family was very worried about him and asked him to return home.
Later that day, Colin showed up at a door to his new home that he had never been through before. His family rewarded him by serving him a big bowl of his favorite food in their garden. His family commented that Colin was a stubborn cat and preferred to be outside. They were very thankful for my assistance and said that they would have been devastated if Colin had been lost for an extended period again.
Bebe, a Persian/Siamese mix (Himalayan), slipped out of an open door when a family member took recycling items outside before going to bed. Unfortunately, her family didn’t realize she was missing until the next morning. When Bebe’s family contacted me for assistance, they told me that Bebe was scared of strangers, she was known to be very nosy and she would frequently hide in tiny spaces. They also told me that because she was a very small cat at five years of age, people often assumed that she was a kitten.
After communicating with Bebe, I suggested to her family that they look behind a brick wall, near a flower garden and under a particular car. Her family took my advice and began their search.
Bebe was not immediately located and her family returned home to rest for a short time and to retrieve messages from their phone. On one of the messages, a neighbor said they saw Bebe in the area that I described. She was hiding under a car in the driveway next to their home. Bebe’s family quickly went over to the location, got down on all fours, and shined a flashlight under the car. Bebe let out the most pitiful meow. Her family felt a combination of emotions including surprise, shock and relief! They took Bebe home and now always make sure that the front door is never left open.
Over the last decade, I have worked with a lot of pet owners regarding their missing pets. In order to facilitate communication with the missing animal, I ask the family to provide me with their pet’s name and gender, a photo of their lost pet, their home address, the last address their pet was seen and the date their pet went missing.
After communicating with the missing animal, I relay to the pet owners the information shared with me by the missing animal. In conjunction with communicating with the missing animal, I use a technique referred to as map dowsing.
The practice of dowsing was introduced into England during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) to locate mineral deposits. In modern times, dowsing has been used to detect water for wells, mineral deposits, archaeological artifacts hidden in the earth and to find lost objects. Paired with a map where a missing pet was last seen, I use dowsing to identify the general location where the missing pet is exploring, has been trapped, or is currently hiding.
When relaying all of this information back to the family, I also provide them with additional steps they should take to spread the word about their missing pet. This includes alerting their neighbors and posting laminated signs in the area where their pet was last seen. The sign should read ‘REWARD’ at the top, have a recent color picture of the animal in the middle, and a mobile phone number in large font at the bottom. It is very important not to list other details, as it makes the sign difficult to read from a distance. Other important tips for finding your lost pet can be found on the Lost Animals page of my web site.
While no animal communicator can guarantee that a lost or missing animal will be found, I find that pet owners who contact me quickly increase the chance of a successful return. Even small animals can become disoriented and wander ten kilometers in a day or two. Cats (and dogs) go into survival mode the longer they’re out on their own. Never lose hope if your pet has been missing for a while. Even though the success rate is greater the earlier I’m contacted, pets that have been missing for weeks or months can still be found.