Reunion Stories

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Three Years Missing

Within a couple of weeks, 8 cats from our street area went missing. Our cat Socks was one of them. That was in 2012. Our other cat fretted badly for him as did our three young children. Socks was 5 years old at the time and certainly knew our area so it was out of character for him to suddenly disappear. He would even meet my husband at the bus stop each night and walk him home. But now there was no Socks waiting for him.
It is now 2015 and we have just moved 700kms away from where we lost Socks. Two weeks ago I received a phone call from our old vet. They are flabbergasted. A lady has been feeding a cat for the last two months and thought she would take him to the vet to see if he was microchipped. He was. It was our Socks…and the same vet surgery who microchipped him. No one could believe it. He was in good health although a few battle-scars and grey hairs with age.
No one knows where he has been all this time…if only he could talk. He is now back with us and remembered our other cat and dog. The children have grown a lot but he has settled in well and is very cuddly once again.
We are all still in shock…but so happy we had him microchipped. I never imagined that our Socks would reappear after 3 years….wow!!! His microchip details have now been updated!!!
I have attached a photo of Socks! He has a huge personality and certainly hasn’t lost that trait thankfully.

- Judi

Naughty Lunar turns up 50km from home

Our naughty Bengal “Lunar” escaped from her enclosure on the evening of 13th April. She has never done this before. We didn’t discover she was missing until breakfast time the following morning. We live in an acreage estate backing onto a park. We spent several days searching the neighbourhood and the park. We did letterbox drops, listed her on the local lost pet page on Facebook, notified the local vets, the pound and the RSPCA. It seemed Lunar had vanished into thin air! A week went by and we were hopeful she would turn up on a neighbours yard. Then another week went by and we were worried that she could have come to some peril down in the park, as there are snakes and all sorts of wildlife amongst the bushland. Then another week passed and we had all but lost hope of getting our pretty girl back. Eventually, 24 days later, just as we were about to walk out the door to work, the phone rang. Lunar had been handed in to a vet over 50 km away! She had spent the night on the persons roof, before coming down the next morning. The people took her to the vet, who scanned her microchip & called us. Lunar was in perfect health, almost 1 kg lighter in weight after her big adventure. If only she could talk! Since coming home, Lunar has been happy to be a house cat and has eaten enough for 3 cats each day and appreciates cuddles more than ever!
- Jennifer

Zoe's back home

Zoe joined us back in Feb 2009 and I took her down to the vet for her first check up and immunisations etc. While I was there my vet asked if I wanted to get her microchipped and I thought about it and decided to get it done. About a week later, I dropped my daughter at home after school and went to the shops. While out I got a call from my daughter saying "Zoe's not here, she's disappeared!" I told her to calm down, thinking that she was just hiding in the backyard somewhere. When I got home, after much searching, I realised that Zoe was in fact missing. While I was trying to work out what to do, the home phone rang and it was the local vet (not my usual one) asking if I had lost a puppy? They'd scanned her and found her chip and got my details! On collection, the vet advised me that two teenage girls had brought her in, saying their little brother had found her on the nature strip on his way home from school.
Thanks to the microchip and the registry we have Zoe back and now she's having a great time with us again and hanging out with our cat Belle. Sometimes they even play…..until Belle decides she's had enough, that is!

From the heart of Dixie

Hello, my name is Dixie and this is my story………
A very long time ago (in 2001), sometime after I was born, a young family came to my kennel in Moe Victoria and took me home.  This was a bit of a surprise as I had been specially bred for my facial markings and was going to be a show dog, but my teeth weren’t quite right for a show dog. There were two young boys to play with me and we were going to have lots of fun growing up together.  They were very noisy and active which suited me as I am a Fox Terrier and just love to run and play like them. One day I went to the Vet and came home later very sore and sorry for myself. I had stitches on my belly and wasn't allowed to lick myself in the area.  
Later that year my family moved to Richmond in Tasmania and we lived in the Richmond village while we built our new house. I loved to run and play with the little boys in the back yard.  Then one day in early 2002 I went “missing”.  Only I know where I have been and what I have been doing. Many years later, I was seriously injured in a dog fight and found my way to the RSPCA in Launceston very hungry, thirsty and sore from all my wounds.  After a day at the RSPCA, a lady came to take me home, she had two really big, grown up boys.  I feel like I have known them a lifetime.  This family have looked after me very well and they nursed me back to good health.  I can't help but smile and wag my tail every day for my family that saved me. They call me Dixie the wonder dog.
My name is Deirdre, I am Dixie's owner, and this is our family's story………..
After our first fur baby passed away, we purchased a fox terrier from a breeder in Moe.  It was an “Are we there yet?” journey to go pick up this puppy, with our two young boys under 5 who were overly excited.  Dixie was special - she had been bred to have a split colour on her face.  She was just gorgeous!  At six months of age we had her spayed.  It was during this time, that the staff at Monash Veterinary Clinic suggested we have her microchipped. Microchipping was still relatively new at this time and it wasn't yet law that all cats and dogs be microchipped.  Microchipping was a way of helping lost pets reunite with their owners.
We moved to Richmond, Tasmania late in 2001 and Dixie went “missing” early in 2002. We checked the RSPCA and the Lost Dogs Home, the boys made up posters and put them in the shops around Richmond.  We even contacted the local radio station but Dixie was nowhere to be found. So sadly we moved on and resigned ourselves to the fact that we had probably lost Dixie forever.  We acquired another beautiful Foxie named Maggie who fitted well into our family.
On the 25th March 2013 when Maggie and I were out for a walk, my husband David, called me to say he had a call from the RSPCA in Launceston who had rung to say that they had found our dog!  Dixie had been handed in to them by two scruffy men who left very quickly and did not leave their names.  Unfortunately Dixie had been savaged by another dog, possibly used as a bait dog for a fighting dog ring operating in Launceston. I drove north the next day and picked her up. We had not seen Dixie for 11 years!!  She doesn’t remember us, she is nearly deaf and cannot learn her name, she has epilepsy and arthritis. However she always has a smile on her face and a waggly tail. If not for her microchip, her fate would have been sealed due to her age and the care needed to nurse her back to health - she would have been put down. We did not hesitate to have her back and she has given us nothing but love and joy since her return. We called her the “wonder dog” - we wonder where she has been and she wonders who we are!  
Sadly, Dixie passed away on the 14th March 2014, quietly in her sleep on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon, 12 days short of a year since she returned to us. She may have gone from our lives again but this time we know exactly where she is. Resting peacefully near the gum trees in our garden.

The Dodger... not so Artful after all

Dear Central Animal Records, 
I am very happy to advise that Dodger has been found! 
He wandered into a Council stray cat trap (not so Artful since he easily fell into a trap)! He was no doubt drawn in by the food and spent the night there. The trapped cat(s) were sent to the animal welfare shelter and, at around 5pm, I was called and advised that Dodger was there – safe and sound. 
I have also included a photo of Dodger with my dog Ruby as she was beside herself at Dodger’s disappearance. 
Thank you very much for your support…and thanks most sincerely for the microchip registry – which saved his life and my sanity. 
Sincerely, Anita

A Much Appreciated Thank You Message From Wendy

 would just like to acknowledge and thank you for the following:
 1. Your staff member Katie for being so helpful and responsive. She went beyond her duty and found out that my second dog was registered on another registry and gave me their number to check with them….I have also had similar excellent service  from CAR in the past when I have needed to update my details.
2. The new email sent on the anniversary of pet registration with CAR that reminds people to ensure their records are accurate – what a good idea and it reminds everyone to ensure that their details are up to date  - what a good idea – so thank you for that as generally it is like a “set and forget” thing.
I have made a donation to your organisation and included a photo of Reggie.
Kind regards

The "Rocket" Has Landed

On Christmas 2006 we got our little British Short Hair kitten, Rocket. She was an indoor cat and loved running up and down the hallway at lightning speed. She was loved by all but, as she got older, she developed a very nasty habit of peeing in my Dad's shoes!! This was an obvious sign Rocket and my Dad did not get on. Four years later, in 2010, we reluctantly moved Rocket outside because my Dad was tired of buying new shoes. Since she had been an indoor cat her whole life she totally hated this new situation! So after one week she ran away. She was gone for two and half years!

In those two and a half years my Dad moved out. One week after my Dad left, in June 2012, my Mum got a call.  Rocket had been found by someone and that person had taken her to the local vet clinic. The vet scanned her for a microchip and then rang us. It had been roughly two years since our cat ran away and we had totally given up hope of finding her. So, when we got the phone call that she was at the vet clinic waiting to be picked up, we were astonished!
Rocket has since settled in very nicely and has never pee'd in anyones shoes again! She now lives inside as well as outside as she pleases and loves it. Her hobbies include eating, sleeping and trying to catch birds (she fails to catch them though because she is not as fast as she once was).Thanks to the microchip and Central Animal Records for sending "Rocky" home!!

Rocket and Holly 

Central Animal Records Passes 2 Million Pet Milestone

Dr Scott Ison of Deniliquin Veterinary Clinic has implanted the microchip into the 2 millionth animal to be recorded on the National animal registry, Central Animal Records. Snookie is a Great Dane-cross pup who was implanted as part of a litter of 12 puppies and was found to be "Pet Number 2,000,000" on the nationally-accredited animal registry. Like many veterinary clinics and animal welfare groups throughout Australia, Deniliquin Veterinary Clinic have been implanting Trovan microchips registered with Central Animal Records for many years! Central Animal Records was the first national microchip registry in Australia and provides a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week animal recovery service for lost or stolen companion animals including not only dogs and cats, but also horses, birds and even reptiles! And, amazingly, Central Animal Records has now been responsible for reuniting over 500,000 lost or injured animals with their owners! Some of these events have also involved locating lost children who were with their family pets!Microchip identification still offers the most effective method of helping vets, animal shelters and animal control officers to help quickly notify owners if their pet has been found injured or lost. It is an inexpensive and easy procedure to have your pet microchipped and there are even now smaller microchips designed for use in kittens, cats and small breed dogs and puppies!
The most important issue is that your contact details are kept up to date to ensure that you will always be linked to your pet and this can be done online or by contacting Central Animal Records directly. 

One Lucky Kitten!!

I was relocating for a job from country Shepparton VIC  to Perth WA. My cats (x 2 – 8 months and  6 1/2 years) were flown over 1 week before myself – the kitten to a friend and the other to a cattery. Also, I happened to be staying with another friend in Perth for a few months (who has a cat and unable to accommodate mine) as I was waiting to move into another place. 
A few days before I was to commence  my new job I received a ph call from a vet stating they had my kitten. (all thanks to the microchip and my mobile ph contact).   Apparently, my kitten wandered outside from my friends house,  unbeknown to them, and the neighbours great Dane chased and mauled her. (these dogs were trained to chase rabbits)  The kitten had been lying injured for 24 hours  - probably hiding and dragging herself around – until she couldn’t any longer, exhausted. 
She had been brought in by an elderly woman who didn’t like cats – but found mine on her lawn...injured.
The kitten was injured and severely traumatised... looking at over $2000 worth of treatment and surgery.    The vet suggested to wait and see with her healing process – before attempting surgery.
She couldn’t place weight on her back right leg – and it dragged behind her when she moved... which was only to the litter tray. She was withdrawn, depressed and traumatised. She ate very little. My funny, happy, talkative and mischievous kitten was no more.  A large open wound soon flared up on her inner right leg...and later, another  on her right hip – where the dogs teeth had punctured her.
She came to stay with me, and I loved, nursed and nurtured her as she slept with me in my room.  She also healed herself by the constant licking of her wounds.  Weeks later, her kitten curiosity returning, she ventured out of my room and limped up  the stairs in my friends house.  Even to the point of wanting to befriend my friends elderly cat and play with her.
It took several months for her to heal.  No surgery was she attended to her own physio by running up and down stairs.  
She has now recovered quite well – and surprisingly returned to her funny, alert self.  Even my current neighbours yapping dog doesn’t seem to phase her out.  Amazing! 
As I type, she sits on my lap with her two front paws on the keyboard. 
The thing is – if she wasn’t micro chipped, I would not have been located, and she would have been ‘put down’.  She must have used up some of her cat I even saved her from the local cat pound when she was so young.  
AAH! there she goes – playing with a biro and chasing it around. She is such a joy to me in my life!
Kind Regards


We would like to thank CAR for reuniting us with our 12 y.o. Jack Russell, Cassie. We live in Arcadia just south of Shepparton, having moved from Melbourne in 2010. We had gone to Tasmania on the 25th January for a wedding, leaving Cassie at home with a trusted neighbour feeding her and checking on her. The yard is secure. As we were leaving our accommodation on 28th January to return home I had a call from an operator at CAR. Cassie had somehow got out and been picked up about 10kms away darting in and out of traffic on the Goulburn Valley Highway.
We believe that she had walked out the gate while another neighbour was collecting some eggs. He did not realise that she was even there. She apparently barked most of the night to get back in but there was no one there to open the gate. It was next morning she was found on the highway. We can only assume she was trying to return to our old home in Melbourne.

The man who picked her up was an equine vet from Shepparton and had seen her CAR tag and called you. I immediately rang the gentleman who by chance was heading for Melbourne Airport and would be there about the same time as we were returning. After an anxious flight we were reunited outside the airport terminal. It is amazing that she actually managed to hitch hike to Melbourne Airport to meet us!
It was certainly worth having the microchip inserted, keeping the CAR tag on her collar and updating our details when we moved.

Our Cassie

My Husband works away, my son’s and I were travelling out to see him and spotted a Miniature Dachshund running down the highway in the middle of nowhere about 8pm at night (we still had 2 hours to travel to our destination).  She had no collar and was very happy to see us.  We took her with us planning on trying to find her owner and reunite them.  We had a stumpy tail blue cattle dog and were happy with that.  Turns out she was micro-chipped the previous owner didn’t want her back they had bread her and were trying to find her a new owner, nobody knows how she got where we found her, the previous owner was happy to take her back and continue looking to rehouse her.  Over the weekend we had fallen completely in love with her.  We can’t give her away because I can’t risk someone else not loving her and caring for her as much as we do.   We have never had a small dog before, she can play with the cattle dog and hold her own, under our watchful eye.  We did all the paperwork and transferred her owners names to us.  We have just had her spayed and had to spend 24 hours without her, it was really hard.  Cassie found herself a new home, she is a clever little Dachshund.
Kind regards
Mrs Tresa Plumb

This is Matty and Jo

"Matty went for a walk on the 1st of December 2010 and never returned home. I had searched and searched and we all grieved thinking the worst had happened. We were giving up hope of ever finding him - especially after we moved 2 months ago from where he went missing.  He had been missing for two years to the day when someone found him wandering and took him to the Lilydale Vet Clinic. They scanned for a microchip and since my mobile number has not changed for more than 10 years, they were able to ring me.  At first I was confused when they said that they had my cat. I said 'Oh Tig OK ?'
The lady said 'Ummm.... it's not Tig it's Matty.' I said 'No way possible, he is missing or dead as he left home 2 years ago! It can't be possible!' I gave her a description of him and she said 'Yes it IS him!'  

I started crying and we got in the car with our cat carrier and headed straight to the clinic, still not believing it was him. Once I picked him up and checked him over myself I knew that it was definitely Matty. I showed him the cat carrier and he went straight in (it had his blanket still in it). The vet was shocked saying 'I haven’t seen that before.'  Matty snuggled in and started purring, putting his paw out for me to hold. I picked him up again and the attached photo was taken of us still at the clinic.  My husband and I are delighted he has been reunited at home with his brother.  Such a shock for us, all together again right before Christmas!
Welcome home Matty Cat !!

Since his return he has not left my side and has started playing ball, running up and down the hallway. He has been licked all over by the dog and his brother is soothing him too. Amazingly, it is as if he had not left home at all even though he had never been to this new home. Our furniture is the same and he has settled back into his old routine already.
Please understand how emotional the last 2 years have be
en and just how important it is to have your animal's microchipped and the information kept up to date!

Jo & Matty cat


My son & his partner were in the process of moving house. There was an interim period when they weren't able to have their staffy living with them, so Sophie came to live with my husband & me for 2 months. We have a good secure yard, escape-proof for any dog . . . . except Sophie.
We were distraught to return home one day to find her missing. We produced flyers, advertised in the paper & on radio.
One day I received a phone call from a friend inviting me over on some odd pretence. I was elated to be greeted at the door by dear Sophie. My friend had found her and taken her to the vet in the hope she was micro-chipped. Micro-chip located and the owner contacted. My friend was then handed the phone so she could explain where she lived. She recognised my son's voice and the happy reunion was organised.
So grateful for this service. Thank You!

This Puccini story is not a tragedy

We lost Puccini about 3 years ago. She just disappeared. We thought she was dead but had the hope someone was looking after her. We moved out of the area 6 months ago. RSPCA called me on last Sunday afternoon to say that they had found her and it all went well from there. She was found in our old street. Probably returning to what she knew as home, but we weren't there. We picked Puccini up from the RSPCA and it was like she never left. She recognised me instantly and is the loving cat we remember. I can't believe she has been gone for 3 years. All I can say is thanks to being microchipped we were reunited.
Here is a photo of our lovely Puccini in all her glory. Regards Rossina

Better late than never!

When I moved house, in June, 2009, one of my 'twin' cats, Mitsy, went missing about one week later, on a very wet and stormy night.   After weeks of unsuccessful searching, I resigned myself to the fact that she might not come 'home' and instead of fearing the worst, I hoped that she'd found a new home.   
Then, that fabulous phone call came, she HAD been found, amazingly, after 2 years and 2 months, of being missing!!!
She was located about 2 kilometres from where I was (then) living and taken into the local pound.   I really believe that someone else had 'adopted' her during her 'missing' years, but now she was finally home with me and her twin sister, again.
Thanks to her microchip, we were happily reunited that day after I received the call.   A wonderful invention and service, that I am forever indebted to!   Meeeow:)

Birds, Rabbits and Reptiles Are Pets Too!!

As we know, in some States ALL dogs and cats must be microchipped and, even in States where this is not compulsory, many dogs and cats are also microchipped. Consequently, most (hopefully all!!) veterinarians, animal welfare shelters and Council officers routinely check for a microchip when presented with a stray dog or cat. But please remember that many pet birds, reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs are also microchipped in the hope that it will and should improve the chances of these loved and valued pets being returned home. This reminder is to everyone to take any of these pets if found to your local veterinarian or Council so that they can be also reminded to check for the presence of a microchip and hopefully help ensure they are back with their owners as soon as possible. This is particularly important as many of these pets are susceptible to stress and can be injured or ill without it being obvious to the inexperienced observer!

Goza goes wandering!

No one likes their mobile ringing in the middle of the night. 99% of the time, its bad news. My phone went off at 12.36AM and I was sound asleep. A very calm, collected voice on the other end of the phone introduced herself, obviously taking into account that I wasn't completely with it, and told me that a lady by the name of Judy, had my dog, Goza. Very confused, as she had been sleeping soundly in her kennel just a few hours ago, I took down the details and thanked her. I went searching for my wayward beast, and sure enough, there was no sign of her.
I called Judy, who told me she was at a local truck depot and my princess had been trying to get into the trucks. Loves a road trip my girl. I arrived on the scene to find Judy standing in the carpark holding Goza by the collar. She let go and Goza very sheepishly climbed into the backseat and sat, like a good girl.  I thanked Judy and I am very grateful to both her and CAR. My princess is an American Bulldog, and most people run a mile when they see dogs like that. My girl is all love and would never hurt a fly, the breed just has a bad rep.  Judy, thankfully, didn't judge her by her big toothy smile, but by her furiously wagging tail.
So, I'd like to send a big thank you to CAR and to the lovely lady who called me in the middle of the night giving me all the relevant info I needed so calmly and concisely. And a big thank you to Judy, for not being afraid of my Princess, Goza. They are now great friends!

Maggie our adventurer

We have a 12 year old fox terrier x who wandered away from us one day & despite hours & hours of searching for her we couldn't find her. We were in a rural area that was very isolated & only had a few sporadic farm houses that were many kilometres apart. There were also a lot of predators in the area for a small animal. We found out a couple of days later that someone had seen her 12 km's up the road running like a "dog with a mission" & wouldn't let anyone catch her. We think an eagle had scared her & made her go into a panic. We didn't hear anything for a couple of weeks despite numerous calls to a number of councils & driving around the area & calling into different places to see if she had been seen. I also put an ad in the local newspaper for the area she was in. Every time we got a call from someone saying she had been spotted, we jumped into the car & headed back up there (an hour & a half drive from where we live) but each time without success. It seemed we were destined to not find her. A few days after the ad went in we started getting calls that she had been spotted about 40 km's from where she left us! The search was on in real earnest. People were looking out for her everywhere & we began to feel that just maybe we would get her back. Each time we were disappointed though & we kept missing her. Then one day, 4 weeks after she went missing, I woke up feeling like I wanted to go for one more look. I just felt really good about it this day but I delayed leaving as I had a few things to do. Just after 9am on that Monday morning, I got a phone call from my local council telling me they thought they had found her. Someone had rung & said a dog matching her description had turned up at their place on the Saturday morning looking rather tired & hungry. They managed to get close enough to her to read her tag (she was still wary but no longer running from people). Everything matched. I jumped into my car & drove to an area that was about 70 km's from where she started!!! I got out of my car & walked over to the shearing shed & began calling her name. She wasn't there & my heart sank. I thought she had wandered off & I'd missed her again but I walked along other sheds still calling her name. I went around a car & looked at a doorway & there was this little forlorn dog looking at me. It was her. She quietly walked over to me almost like she wasn't sure if she could believe her eyes that it was me, I bent down & patted her. That's when we both knew for sure & the joy began. I had tears & her tail began wagging furiously & she was whimpering & then barking. We were both so happy. I had great delight then in ringing my family & telling her that I had her. I had her checked at the vet & he couldn't believe that she was in such good condition considering her journey & her health (Maggie has cancer). It's certainly a great story to tell. Needless to say it taught me the importance of name tags for dogs with phone numbers on them. Whilst Maggie was microchipped, I hadn't gotten her a name tag & she only had her council tag but that was enough for us to be reunited; it just may have happened sooner if she had my phone number on her. I have now ordered a CAR tag for her & our other dog Missy. The photo I have included of Maggie was taken prior to her adventure.

Greyhound back on track

 I would like to thank CAR for facilitating in the recovery of our runaway greyhound, Billy, earlier today. He managed to run off from our home and before we knew it he was nowhere to be seen. With my husband and I driving around, and my son on his bike, searching the parklands along the Eastern Freeway, we were unable to find him. Over 30 mins. has passed by and we were distraught as Billy could’ve been anywhere and he has no road sense, in fact, not much sense full stop. I was thinking that our only hope was that someone would find Billy and ring the number on his collar. You cannot imagine my relief when my mobile rang while I was searching the streets and it was CAR saying that Billy had been found. Our family are so grateful to the young lady and man who stopped their cars on the Doncaster Rd. on-ramp of the Eastern Freeway, where Billy was roaming (approx. 1 km from home), and rang CAR and kept him safe until we got there to collect him. Thanks so much to both of them for their kindness and caring.

 We are so grateful and appreciative of everyone’s efforts in getting Billy back to us.

 Marlene and family