Tracking lost pets is one of the hardest things to do. It is difficult not only because it
takes a lot of time and effort, but because there is not always a happy ending. However, do
not give up hope. There was a happy ending on a stolen dog case I worked. It is listed on my
testimonials page. I also recently worked a lost dog case (Jan. 2006) in New York where
the dog was found after five days.
The one promise I will make to you is that I will tell you the truth. Further down on the page I discuss what I as an animal communicator can do to help, and tips for finding your pet.
While I will be completely honest with you about the information I receive about your animal,
no one is perfect, and I will not guarantee that I can point you to the exact location of your lost
Due to volume of requests and the waiting list for Heidi's consultations she is NOT able to take on any lost animal cases at this time (October 2011) .
How can an animal communicator help?
An animal communicator may help by giving you descriptions of locations or persons that the
animal will show to the communicator. Usually these clues help the humans go out
and look. Sometimes the information is very specific. Other times it is like putting
together puzzle pieces. After I connect with an animal, I will ask it to look around and 'show'
me where it is. Although you may not always be able to get a house number or specific
address, the locations and persons should give you enough clues to go look. I also give my
clients some exercises to help the animal find its way back home. So far, every lost animal
case I have worked on, the animal has given me correct verifiable information and locations for
their people to go look.
If an animal has had an accident, usually the communicator will "get" an impact, pain in a
part of the body, then darkness, then a floating sensation. I recently consulted on a lost cat
in Norway. The cat ran away from the pet hotel / shelter while the owner was away on vacation. The cat was on the run, but still alive for several days,then had a bad encounter with a dog of some sort. Three animal communicators all got the same info, that the cat had passed on. While this is sad news, it helps the person move on and get thru the grieving process. Most clients know deep in their heart that their animal friend has passed on, but need to find closure by
hearing it from other persons. Animal communicators can also help the people say their
good-byes, or communicate with pets that have passed on.
Fees for Tracking Lost Animals
Please see the 'Fees' page for the current rates.
While we wish that the animals could be found right away, tracking is very difficult
and often takes a lot time. This is why many animal communicators refuse to do it.
Heidi will tell someone immediately if she believes the animal has passed on.
As we said, even if the news is not pleasant, Heidi will be honest with you.
She used to have a list of trusted animal communicators that she would refer a client to
for second or third opinions, however those communicators are no longer taking on lost
animal cases. Heidi will not refer a client to another animal communicator unless she has personally worked with that communicator and is confident about their abilities and ethics.
At this time, we do not have any communicators to send lost animal cases to.
I understand a person's anxiety and need for help when their animal is lost, and my ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
heart goes out to you with the disappearance of your animal friend. However, as
difficult as it is, I am sure you will understand that I get many requests for help,
especially being featured in the book, The Language of Miracles, as well as many other web sites, and after doing TV shows in Japan and Korea since 2006,
and therefore I do need to charge you for my time and work.
I am hired like any consultant, and you are paying for
my training, experience, expertise, skills, and most importantly my time.
NOTE: BEFORE HEIDI WILL TAKE ON A MISSING ANIMAL CASE, SHE REQUIRES THAT THE PERSON READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE TERMS OF INFORMED CONSENT. THESE TERMS ARE BELOW:
3) Any additional sessions, questions, or consultations require booking
4) There is no guarantee that Heidi will be able to locate the exact
Tips for finding or recovering your lost animals
Why do I give all this free advice about preventing the loss
of your animal?
Because the truth is that while I do track animals, it is very difficult. It causes great
emotional upset for the people, the lost pet, and for me. Working with distraught people is
difficult in any circumstance. I would much rather consult on other matters. I hope you are reading this before you need me to track your lost pet! But if your pet is missing and you would like me to help, I will do my best. Animal communication is an art more than a science.
Why do pets run away or go missing?
Well, the first answer is, 'manure occureth'....I have often found that with cats, they run away because they are chased (by a dog or something else). They run as fast as they can, and they either get lost or are afraid to come out by themselves. Sometimes a pet will "get out" while you are moving, and they are not oriented to the new place. Dogs will run after birds or squirrels, and by the time the fun is over, they are really lost. Puppies and kittens get themselves lost just like human toddlers. An Emu was scared out of his wits and his fenced enclosure by a very low flying crop duster. However, I have also worked on several lost pet cases where the animal was stolen. This happens with animals of pure breeding, or a pure bred appearance. Most people would be surprised to learn how many dogs and horses are stolen each year.
The next answer is not so easy...
Some times a pet will leave because they know it is time for them to pass on, and they do not wish to prolong the process by going to a vet. Sometimes they leave because there is too much chaos in the home. Sometimes they leave because their 'work' in the family is done. And sometimes they go out and do not come home because they can't because they are trapped, or no longer alive.
What can you do?
First, make sure you have good current photos of the animal.
Animals grow and change just like humans. Can you imagine giving the police a baby picture of your missing 3rd grader? The child would have changed too much for the baby photo to be of much, if any help. Animals also change as they grow.
Take a photograph of any distinguishing markings. I recently tracked a cat that had a
little "notch" missing in one ear. A stolen horse had a particular scar. Anything at all will
do...a scar, a brand, a spot in a particular place, a bent tail, particular coloring, etc.
Make sure you have a photo showing your animal in different states of appearance.
What I mean by this is that a dog can look quite different when it has just been groomed with
a nice short hair cut than it does with a longer coat. Horses will usually look much different
with a winter coat than they do in summer. Or a horse will look much different if they are
body clipped for showing. If a person steals a show clipped horse, a few months later the
mane will be much longer, the tail piece may be missing and the tail looks much shorter,
and the body hair will grow out.
When possible, leave a collar attached with contact information. Cats usually hate to have a bell on their collar, but an identification tag is fine. If your dog has a talent for loosing the tag attached to the collar, consider getting a type of collar that you can write on with permanent marker. When we are on vacation, we write directly on the collar the contact information where we can be reached while traveling. This can be done on nylon or leather collars. When we are staying with family, we write their name and number on the collar as well. The hometown folks may know where to find the relatives, but may not know our name if they read it on the collar. They are also more likely to phone a local number.
Many people have a micro-chip embedded under the skin of their animals. You
should ask your veterinarian about this. The micro chip contains tracking information that
is picked up when the animal is scanned. If your animal is lost, many animal shelters
now scan for microchips. Many horses that were lost after the gulf coast hurricanes in 2005
were quickly identified and returned to their people because the state of Louisiana requires
horses to be indentifiable. Many of those horses had microchips. If your animal is stolen,
you can notify clinics and shelters in the area to be on the lookout and to scan any animals
that come in that may possibly be your lost friend.
Please note: I recently read some articles about the potential hazards of micro chips. Please
ask your veterinarian and make an informed decision.
A photo of you with your animal makes it much easier to prove 'ownership' should
your furry, feathered, or hooved friend be stolen. Sometimes those who stole the
animal will not willingly give them back if they don't think you can prove the animal is yours. A photo of you with the animal, especially at an angle showing any particular markings, will be of great help in getting law enforcement on your side.
If you think your neighbor stole your brand new bicycle, and they have it in their back yard, all
they have to say is that they just purchased the same model. But if you recorded the serial
numbers right after you bought it, you may ask an officer to check the numbers to put the
matter to rest. If you are wrong, you can apologize. It is the same with your animals. Being
able to prove your position is important. Photos of you with your animal are like recording the serial numbers on your new bicycle.
You also need to consider the needs of your animal. You need to do your best to
make the home happy for them as much as you make considerations for humans. When
people can't take any more of a relationship, they move out and find a new room mate or
get a divorce. Animals will do the same thing if they want to and are able. However, in all
but one of the missing pet cases I have worked so far, the animal did wish to come back home.