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 Miniture 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 stumpty 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 ?'


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, Reptiles and Rabbits 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 shleters 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 a 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 roadtrip 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 thankyou 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 thankyou 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.

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.