ID Tag Success Stories
tags have frequently been responsible for reuniting pets with their
people. As Petsonthenet is NZ's nationwide database for lost and
found pets, we get lots of
found pet success stories every week. Many pets are found as a result
of ID tags. Here are just a few of those ID tag success stories.
A few are sad stories...
where our ID tags helped identify a dead
or injured pet...but their owners were grateful that hey could support their pet in their injury or at least
find resolution in knowing what happened and be able to say goodbye...
"Best money I ever spent"
I lost my cat Cinny after I
moved from Torbay. Luckily I had anticipated she might wander off
and get lost so I bought her a name tag with my ph no and address
on it. It was 3 and a half weeks before she was returned to me but
it was due to her name tag - and it was the best money I ever spent.
I tell everyone now about Petsonthenet and I check the
lost ads regularly to see if I can help reunite someone with a
lost pet. Its a very sad experience and one I never wish to
reunited after 3 months and 65 kms from home due to her ID tag!
On 14th January I lost my lovely Burmese
cat, Lily. I came home from work one day
and she wasn't there. She knew my routine pretty well so was almost always
home to greet me. I immediately had a sinking feeling. When she hadn't
shown up a few hours later I knew she was not just out and about. I was
Notices around the neighbourhood, ads in
the paper and on your website, flyers, visits to the SPCA, phone calls
to local vets, door knocking at neighbours and friends helping me walk
the streets calling her name over the following days and weeks ... and
The grief over her loss was terrible - I
am still amazed how much her disappearance affected me and how hard it
is to explain to someone else why you are so devastated over a cat. But
she had been a part of my day - every single day. She followed me around
the house, 'talked' back and forward to me in the typical Burmese
chirrups, slept on my bed, woke me in the mornings by licking my nose, drove me
mad chewing the corners of all my photo frames and through my cell phone
chargers (I went through 3!), and she smooched, cuddled and purred her
way into my affections.
I think the hardest part was not knowing
what had happened to her. I've had pets die before and been
grief-stricken but able to move on. But the ebbing hope is horrible to go through and
the thoughts of what could have happened to her were hard to block
out. It's now exactly 3 months later, and last
Thursday I set off on a sea kayaking trip for Easter with a dozen
other mad paddlers over to Great Mercury Island off the Coromandel
Peninsula. It was a very eventful trip in many ways. I got food poisoning the
very first night (along with another companion) and spent the first 24
hours running between my bunk and the bathrooms. When finally well
again, the first trip out paddling resulted in a rescue off the rocks for
one of my fellow kayakers and some anxious moments for the rest of us. On
Easter Monday (the day of our scheduled return home) we woke to 35-40
knot head winds and no way to get off the island.
I wasn't all that sorry to get to spend another day on a beautiful
island away from the city ... at first. But at 10am I checked my cell
phone messages. A young woman's voice on the other end asked me if I had
lost a cat as she had found one near her parents place wearing a collar
with the name 'Lily' and my cell phone number on the tag. It couldn't
be?!! I instantly burst into tears. Everyone else thought someone must
have died. After a few moments to calm myself I called the girl back.
Her name was Sarah and when she heard my excitement she was just about
as jubilant as I was to have found my cat. All of what she was saying
didn't sink in at first, as I all I could think was "she's found!!". But
after a couple of minutes I realised Sarah was trying to point out just
how far away she was. She was in Mercer - approximately 65kms from home!
Suddenly I wanted to get off the island
as soon as possible! But patience had to prevail as there was no let-up to
the winds. Despite hours of talking through all of the options, we
were stuck. A long day of card playing, talking and reading followed. I
went to bed as soon as seemed reasonable and woke at 5am. Not known for
my early morning starts, it was a shock for all to see my boat loaded up
and me out on the water paddling for the mainland at 7.30am!
Sarah had brought Lily back to her home
in Auckland and we were finally reunited that afternoon. She was quite
thin, her face had a number of scratches, her ears were curled and
infected around the edges and she was very subdued... but otherwise intact. A
trip to the vets confirmed that, with some medicine, food and lots of TLC,
she would be fine.
She was very pleased to be home and slept
very close to me all night. I had no complaints when I was woken this
morning by licks on the nose. It is amazing to have my lovely cat home
after all this time.
I hope I haven't bored you with my story.
I read every success story on your website that I could when she first
disappeared. I hope that this one will also give other lost pet owners some
tag brought her home after a weeks absence due to storms
went missing when the storms started & we were extremely worried
about her. Placed an ad on Petsonthenet - great to quickly log on for
any responses. Finally after a week, we got a call from neighbours who
had seen her, and managed to read her ID tag.
She was looking hungry and miserable (as anyone would out in the rain
for a week!) and we gratefully went and picked her up. She has settled
right back into normal life.
Moral of the story - make sure your pet has an ID tag. Thanks for
Petsonthenet for your checklists and great service!"
found after two months thanks to petsonthenet ID tag...
"I have great news! We found Ginge! New
Years Eve we had a phone call and yep sure enough he had turned
up! He is well and starting to put weight on again,
we decided to
let him stay where he is as the people who were feeding him were
wanting a cat and he was starting to settle in with them. Two
but hey we know where he is now.
My advice to all cat owners is get your cat a well fitting collar
with your phone number on it from yourselves at
Macy reunited by her ID tag
after more than 2 months
2 months and 4 days, (not that we were counting) we received the phone
call we were hoping would come. Macy had been hanging around a business
about 4klm from home for the last 2 weeks. Today was the first time they
have been able to get close enough to read her collar...
So she is now home sunning herself, a little skinny, very dirty and with
a very hoarse meow...I think she has been over using it...
Thank goodness we put the collar on and that she had not lost it..
We are very happy she is now back with us..
I would be happy for you to use the details of Macy being found. The
reflective collar and name tag are the only reason we got her back and
am so glad we put it on her.
In June last year we bought ID tags for our beloved little kittens
George and Thomas after our previous two little cats had both gone
missing a few months earlier. You were kind enough to publish
tag testimonial "ID tag meant severely-injured George had a
loving end" (see story below). There's a sad postscript to
that story, but another
testimonial for ID tags all the same.
At 7 am on 9 February we received a phone call from a kind-hearted
cyclist to say that she had found Thomas on the road just after he had
been hit by a car, and appeared to have died while she was with him.
His name and our phone number were on the ID tag round his neck and
kindly phoned to tell us to come. It was close to our home in
the same spot as George had been killed 7 months earlier. We
to him, hoping he might just be unconscious, but he had died - he was
still warm. Although unmarked, there were symptoms of a
so it was probably fairly quick. Because of her phone call we
to be with him soon after the event and know that he hadn't been lying
there for a while unattended until his absence after his usual dawn
outing had become alarming and we'd gone looking. The whole
so devastated at his loss - he had become very precious to us as our
only-remaining cat (4 gone in 14 months!) and was an affectionate,
companion with a great personality - but we are thankful for
kind-hearted passers-by, cellphones and especially ID tags!
PS: We'd adopted a little white cat from the SPCA a week earlier
will be ordering an ID tag for him as soon as we can all agree on a
ID tag meant severely injured George had a peaceful and loving
up to you whether you add this testimonial as it’s not the usual
success story of a found pet, but a worthwhile testimonial all the
same as to the value of the ID tags –
were very pleased with the quality of the two little ID tags we
ordered from petsonthenet.co.nz for our two 6 month old kittens –
ginger George and black/silver Thomas - and with the speed of their
delivery to us after our order was placed. Having already had
two beloved untagged young cats go missing in the space of a few
months, tagging these kittens helped for some peace of mind.
Sadly, a month after receiving the tags, little George was hit by a
car at 6 pm one evening not far from our place – the kind driver
who came along just shortly afterwards noticed the hurt cat when the
car’s headlights shone on the reflector tape we had placed on the
front of the tab. He read his name and our phone number
from the back of the tab and phoned me with the details, enabling us
to be with George shortly afterwards and take him to the vet with
the driver’s kind assistance.
Although relatively unmarked, an x-ray confirmed a hopelessly broken
and displaced spine and we had to make the agonising decision to put
him out of his pain and paralysis. Although heartbroken at the
loss of an unusually beautiful (in every sense of the word) little
cat, we have taken comfort in the fact that, if he hadn’t been
tagged and reported, he would most probably have ended up crawling
into the bushes and dying slowly in the night, with us having no
idea of his whereabouts or what had happened to him and going
frantic with worry meantime (especially having already lost 2).
We’re so glad we were able to be with him and ensure a peaceful
and loved end.
up the good work with your wonderful service.
and Michael Arndt
tag brings curious cat home quickly...!
I would like to send you and your team a
huge big thank you.
You see, I have a very curious little girl whom one day decided
take a ride in a lady's car...she had great enjoyment peering out
the window as the lady drove up to the local service station.
Thankfully, Asti had on the Pets on the Net pet ID tag I ordered
only the week before...hence the reason I got a "come get your
cat" phone call, lol.
Kelly and Asti
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