Lost and Missing Animals

At this time I am not taking lost and missing animal cases. For a list of certain Professional Animal Communicators who do, please see the list at www.acersplace.com.

Statistics show that there are hundreds of million of pets in this country, with ten or more million of them ending up in shelters each year. Unless injured, animals typically travel when lost (other than the fearful cat who tends to go into hiding when lost). When an animal has gone missing, it can be very difficult to pinpoint where they might be at a precise moment. At times it is absolutely a needle-in-a-haystack situation. Finding lost or missing animals is difficult — often the animal is frightened, disoriented, unsure of where they are or how they got there (what path they traveled). Those who get lost while following the trail of something (an animal, the smell of food, the sound of voices or activity) are not paying attention to the “landmarks” around them as they travel. For these and other reasons, most Communicators will not take these cases. While a professional Animal Communicator who accepts these cases is able to receive information from lost and missing animals, and animals who have crossed over while being lost, none of us can guarantee that we can obtain enough information for the client to find the animal, or that it will be found alive. Typically the Communicator will telepathically connect with the animal to determine its state of mind and emotions, health status, where it is at that time and, if moving freely (versus having been picked up by someone), if s/he intends to and is able to return to you.

“It is heart wrenching to have a beloved animal companion go missing. Some are never found or do not return home, and in those situations closure about their absence can be difficult to achieve. I understand the deep grief of such a profound loss. Should this be your situation, please contact me for a telepathic communication session by me with your beloved animal companion on your behalf. The purpose of such a session is to convey messages to and from them, and to address with them any questions or concerns you have about their well-being and otherwise. Reading the typed session transcript provided can bring comfort, peace and a gentle acceptance to your heart and mind regarding your beloved animal companion’s physical absence from your life.”


Lost/Missing Cat Cases: See www.lostcatfinder.com, the site of Kimberley Freeman, Lost Cat Pet Detective. Kimberley offers a variety of services, as well as an online e-booklet which contains all of her hard-learned experience, tips and techniques, and steps that she follows when working on a lost cat case, and a  companion video to the booklet which shows and tells you how to set traps, use motion and infrared cameras, find and track paw prints, use detection equipment, etc.

A Communication Session to Locate a Lost or Missing Animal.

Being lost is an emotional situation for the animal and its human, and can be for the Animal Communicator as well. It’s not easy to deal with not knowing what has happened to your animal friend.  I know from personal experience how worried, scared and helpless a person feels about the safety of their animal companion.

Given the nature of these situations, no Communicator can guarantee results.  The longer the animal is lost or missing, the more difficult it can be to find them, so time is of the essence in contacting a Communicator for assistance.  Many Animal Communicators will not take lost or missing animal cases because they’re difficult, emotional, and when the animal is not found alive, very disappointing for the Communicator and heartbreaking for the client.  Sometimes people don’t believe the communication will be effective, are not willing to take all the steps possible to locate their animal, and/or can’t acknowledge that our work has been helpful, especially when the outcome is negative.  These factors can also influence a Communicator’s decision as to whether they take these cases.

Hopefully the information herein allows you to make an informed decision about proceeding with a session with a Communicator. You will receive as much detailed information as they are able to provide. Be prepared that it can be a dead end street:  your animal friend may already be in a new home, in a shelter or pound, or have passed on.  They may, in rare cases, not wish to return home. They may not know where they are. Communicators often use a skill known as “remote viewing” to “see” where your pet is, but this is an art, not a science, so the information is subjective – meaning, please be open to expanding your thinking about how to use the information. Be prepared that the communication may be disappointing to you, as animals don’t think in terms of street names, names of office buildings, etc., so a Communicator may or may not be able to pinpoint a precise location where the animal can be found.

Their spirit/Higher Self can come through as alive but the body has died.  This may be because what happened occurred so fast (such as being hit by a car) that they don’t know their physical body is dead; their spirit or soul is in shock. When this happens, sometimes they are stuck between the Earth plane and the higher realms.  If that’s the case, we encourage them to move into the Light, and we may (but not always) be able to give you a description of a location so you can find their physical body. Or they may come through as being dead but are actually alive. Their spirit may have “popped out” of their body because they have been abused or traumatized or are in pain. They will “pop back in” if they have not passed over, but sometimes they need assistance in doing so.  In such a case, explaining to them in a session what has happened to them can be immensely helpful.  If the animal is returned to the person, they may benefit from one or more Bach flower essences such as Rescue Remedy, to ease the shock and trauma to their body, mind and emotions.  Bodywork (such as T-Touch, massage, Reiki, and other energy work) may be helpful, or even necessary, as well in these situations to help the animal return to a centered and balanced state.

If your animal companion is lost or missing, and is physically able to return to you, the following are powerful techniques which can help bring them home:

The Light. Picture in your mind a big beacon (similar to a lighthouse), or a beam of light shooting straight up (similar to the powerful lights used at night to announce a grand opening or event).  Picture this light coming from the area or object you wish your animal friend to go to or return to.  Hold the picture in your mind with the intent that it draw the animal to that spot.  Imagine that the beacon is circling 360 degrees, searching for and reaching out to your animal.  Your intent is that this beacon or beam of light is (not will, but is) drawing your animal friend back to you, guiding him or her home. Imagine that your animal friend can “see” this light in his or her mind too.  Intent is the most important part of this technique, so don’t worry if you can’t “see” such a light in your mind’s eye. Imagine that you can.  Periodically (two or three times daily) reaffirm this intention by picturing the beacon or beam of light and your animal being drawn to the light.

The Spoken Request. Talk out loud to a photograph of your animal friend. Tell them that you love them, you miss them, and anything else you want them to know.  Ask that they return to you as soon as possible. Ask them to be safe and careful in returning, especially around roads and traffic.   Respect their right to make decisions; ask, don’t command.

The Cord.  Imagine a pink silk cord connecting your heart to your animal’s heart, a “love cord”. See this cord in your mind’s eye. Have the intention that this cord keeps you connected to each other, and will help draw the animal back to you.

The Release.  And then, let go and trust.  For events to happen, we must ask and then let go and trust.

E-motions are Energy in Motion.  Release your fear and anxiety so that events can continue to unfold.

Trust.  Trust that the highest and best good will occur for all concerned.  Accept that the “highest and best good for all concerned” does not always match our desires.  If you believe in a higher power, call on a it, and on St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, for assistance with the situation.

The above techniques may seem “far out there” but they can be immensely helpful for bringing animals back home.

Additional steps to take are:

Stay Positive, and TRUST.  THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO THROUGHOUT THE SITUATION. I cannot stress this enough! Stay positive that your animal is okay and can make it back home to you, and trust that the Universe is working on this situation for the highest and best good for all involved. Your positive, centered intent that your animal return home safely is as important as the work we do.  Visit the Cases and Testimonials page and read the Lost and Missing Animals case examples.  PROJECTING NEGATIVE ENERGY (fear, anxiety, worry, grief, anger, etc.), PESSIMISTIC THOUGHTS and/or DOOM-N-GLOOM WORDS at the situation doesn’t serve you or your animal in any beneficial way. Remember that your animal is connected to you telepathically and psychically, and they DO sense your angst. So project confidence, centeredness, Love and Light about the situation and to them. Support and encourage, don’t scare and terrify them with your worries, doubts, etc. TRUST that they can take good care of themselves (they are very resourceful and have instinctual preservation mechanisms). REMEMBER: IF YOU’RE GOING TO SPEND ENERGY ON THE SITUATION, SPEND POSITIVE ENERGY – think, speak and active positively, act with Love, request that the situation and your animal be surrounded and protected by white divine Light. Ask for intuitive guidance from your guides, angels, God or other Higher Power, benevolent beings, guardians, those who have passed before who may be of assistance in this situation from the Other Side . . . don’t worry about where the help comes from, just ask for it.

BREATHE, BREATHE, BREATHE. When you’re tense, worried, upset, fearful, angry, grief-stricken, your body tightens up, your breathing becomes shallow, and you hold the negative emotions within your body and energy field. BREATHE. Take slow deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth, to help you get calm and centered. Do this as often as necessary. BEING GROUNDED AND CONNECTED AND CENTERED HELPS YOUR PET CONNECT TO YOU. If your mind is swirling with fear and negative thoughts, there’s no room for their (or anyone else’s) guidance or connection to come through.

Expect Unusual Behavior. Animals do not act as we think they might when they get lost. See http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/index.php for articles about what to expect from a dog or cat behavior-wise when they get lost. This is vital information to have in the event your pet goes missing.

Keep Searching; and take a flashlight with you!  Continue to look around your neighborhood; check out debris piles, sheds, under vehicles, etc.  Don’t rule anything out — you’d be surprised where an animal can hide. REPEAT: Do NOT assume by looking at something that it wouldn’t be possible, feasible, or likely your pet could be in that particular area/place. I had one case where the indoor cat (who got out without the people realizing it) ended up in the basement of the building next door. Another ended up in the crawl space under a neighbor’s house. CHECK IT OUT, no matter how impractical it may seem. FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS – if you’re guided to “look over there” or “go down this road”, do it. You’re being given information to follow. It may be a dead-end, but if it keeps coming back to you, keep checking it out. It may be that “going down this road” will lead you to your pet or someone who has seen your pet in that area. Stranger things have happened. Taking a flashlight along is important – shining it into dark spaces will help you see more clearly, and will also reflect off an animal’s eyes, making them much easier to see.

Tell Everyone.  Post and hand out flyers to businesses in the area, your postman, neighbors, etc.

Flyers should have a large picture of your animal (preferably in color), or a photograph/image of an animal of the same breed.  Add the words, “Reward” in big red letters, and “for Information Leading to the Return of this Lost Pet” in smaller letters, at the top of the flyer. Be sure to include the date that the animal was lost.  As a common courtesy, at the appropriate time, remove the flyers and let people know that the animal has returned or been found so that they’re not still looking for your animal three months later.

Tell Animal Care Personnel.  Leave information with your veterinarian, lost animal agencies, shelters, animal control facilities, and rescue groups in the area. Also, contact the breed rescue group in your city/county/state.

Drive Around.  Travel the nearby roads in at least a two-mile radius of where the animal was lost. Walk any areas which seem remotely possible for your animal to be in, and do so on a daily basis. Animals are not usually comfortable around vehicles so they will probably not come up to yours.  If they can smell your scent and hear your voice (a few of the reasons for walking the area), it may give them enough of a sense of safety to come to you. NOTE that animals may not meow or bark when they hear you, especially if they are in instinctual preservation mode (i.e. hiding keeps them safe). When they are operating from instinct, they may not recognize you, they may run from you, or they may hiss, spit or bark at you. This is not unusual, don’t be offended. Just do what you can to catch them without frightening them further.

Run an Ad.  Place an ad in the local papers.

Follow Your Instincts.  Are there any areas around you that s/he could get into and not get out of, such as a shed, under a building, in a garage? Even if I receive information that s/he is outdoors and moving freely, that can change at any time.  I encourage people to follow their instincts and look anywhere and everywhere remotely possible for an animal to get into, and to do so on a regular basis. And if you have a gut feeling about something, check it out, no matter how impractical it may seem.

Be Patient, Stay Centered, and Trust in the Bigger Picture.  Your search may go on for some time.  Know that animals are very resourceful about taking care of themselves. They can do okay without food a lot longer than they can without water.

Be Prepared for Surprises.  Rarely is this the case, but there may be a very small possibility that s/he does not want to return home at this time.  Animals have free will as people do, and make their own decisions. A professional Animal Communicator can ask and suggest, rather than demand, that the animal return to you if possible (if they are able to do so), but sometimes it’s not what they’re willing to agree to or do. They may have decided they’ve completed what they came into your life to do with you, and have moved on to a new person or situation so they can continue to evolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and/or to be or service to someone else who can benefit from their unique presence. Or they may be in a situation which does not allow for them to make free will choices, such as they have been rescued by someone.

Create a Support Structure for Yourself. These situations are very stressful and can be emotionally draining.  Call on friends and loved ones to help you stay centered and gently focused on the safe return of your beloved animal friend.

Bach’s Rescue Remedy.  Please consider purchasing a bottle of the Bach Flower Essence known as “Rescue Remedy”. This can be found at most health food stores and even certain grocery stores.  A dose is 4 drops; shake or tap the bottle lightly 8 times (each time before you take a dose), then take one dose every 5 minutes until you feel yourself relaxing and becoming centered again.  Then take one dose every hour or as needed during this time.  The flower essences are not drugs, herbs or homeopathy. They are vibrational essences (energy), and work to rebalance dis-ease in the mind, emotions and spirit.  It is an important tool to keep on hand, as it can also be given to animals in this manner.  It is especially useful in cases of trauma, shock, fright/terror, pain; before, during and after a seizure (give a dose every 5 minutes as soon as you suspect a seizure is coming on); after surgery to help with that disoriented feeling, etc.

Utilize All Of Your Resources.  Search the internet for websites which offer suggestions and advice regarding the behavior of lost and missing animals, and tips and advice about searching for them.

Register and Tag Your Pet. Having identification tags on your pet’s collar gives you the highest probability that your lost pet will be returned to you.

Microchip Your Pets. This is a good backup to tags. Note that not all microchips (made by different companies) can be read by all scanners.