Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019

Finding a lost Cat


What to do if your cat is missing...

It might be that your indoor cat somehow left the house, or that your indoor/outside cat hasn’t come home.  Either way the feeling of loss, uncertainty and helplessness can be really distressing.  The first thing to do is to make sure your cat’s registration and microchip details are up to date. This way, if someone finds your cat and surrenders them to a vet or the pound, they can be quickly reunited with you.   But, that’s just your back up plan and don’t rely on it as a solution.  Use all the information you have and know about your cat to create an action plan for their recovery.  Factor the following ….

  • Are their details current (microchip, registration etc)
    If not, do this asap
  • Your cat’s personality and temperament 
    Are they nervous and likely to be hiding, or are they highly sociable and likely to be visiting your neighbors and seeking out attention?
  • Their familiarity with the local area
    How long have then been living at that address?  Are they normally an inside cat, or do they regularly venture outside?
  • Any changes in your / their home life
    Has anything recently changed for them that might have prompted them to hide or leave?  eg. a new addition to the family such as a dog, or other cat
  • Your Search Team Do you have friends or family you can ask to help


Then, use the above information to create your action plan that is specific to your cat. This resource provides some great information.

OAAT Adoption Story (Heidi, found after 12 onths missing)

Several people had contacted OAAT Pet Rescue about a stray cat living in the car part of a Petrol Station/McDonalds store.  After setting numerous cat traps over a 3 week period, there was success.  And, after scanning it was found that her name was Heidi.  But, unfortunately the details on her microchip / registration were out of date so her owners were not contactable.  Heidi went into Foster care where she spent some time recovering and rehabilitating. 

Meanwhile OAAT set out to find Heidi's family by posting on social media. The post was shared from group to group, person to person, friend to friend....until it happened...her owner was found.  Heidi had been missing for over 12 months!!!!!   But, not everyone is this lucky.  Always keep your details up to date and never give up hope!

As with all rescues and rehoming there are costs covered by OAAT.   We are always grateful for any financial assistance.

Finding the Perfect Match

  1. Energy Levels
    Is the pet laid back, playful or energetic.  Does it prefer to nap most of the day, or does it require regular interaction (and in the case of a dog, how many times a day will it require walking?) Does this fit with your lifestyle and time availability?
  2. Personality and Temperament
    Is the pet shy, confident, adaptable, fearful, laid back, independent etc?  How would this pet’s personality fit with the dynamic in your household?
  3. Special Needs
    Does the pet have have any special needs (eg. fears, triggers, medical conditions) and how would you manage and accommodate these?
  4. Future Plans
    Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  What are your future plans?  Are you planning to travel, relocate, expand your family etc.
  1. Housing and Council Regulations
    Will the pet live indoors our outdoors? Does it require specific bedding, fencing or enclosures? The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils.  Make sure you are aware of these.
  2. Do you have permission to have a pet?
    If you are renting, do you have landlord permission?
  3. Holidays
    Who will look after your pet when you go on holidays?
  4. Your existing pets?
    Do you have any existing pets and how would they respond to a new addition to the family?
  1. Adoption Fee
    All OAAT pets are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped prior to adoption.   They will also be up to date with all worming and flea treatments.  This is all covered in the adoption fees (which generally range from $200 – $400 depending on the type and age of the animal).

  2. Ongoing costs
    Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  This is 20 years of feeding, vet care, council registration, toys, training, etc.  Does this fit with your budget and finances?

  3. Unexpected Medical Care
    Although we all hope it never happens, pets can get unexpectedly sick.  How would you financially manage a medical emergency?

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