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  But, unfortunately the details on her microchip / registration were out of date so her owners were not contactable.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.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years, so it’s really important that you select a pet that is going to fit with your personality, household dynamics, and future plans. 

Lifestyle Compatability

Energy Levels

Are you looking for a pet that is full of energy and playful? Or would you prefer a pet that is content to hang with you around the house all day, and nap on your lap while you watch TV or read a book?

Personality and Temperament

Would you have the time and calm environment needed to nurture a shy, or fearful pet and help build back their confidence and zest for life? Or, would you prefer a pet that is outgoing or independent and that would slot perfectly into a busy home?

It's also important to consider the personality and temperament of any existing pets. How will they respond to a new addition to the family, and how will you manage the integration?

Housing and Council Regulations

Permits & Permission

The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils, this includes the requirement for registration, curfews for cats, and on/off leash walking for dogs. These are often easily found on each council website. if you are renting, it's vital that you consult with your landlord and secure their permission before applying for adoption.

Home Life and Holidays

It's perfectly fine to work outside the home and be a pet owner. It's also completely reasonable to take holidays throughout the year. But, before adopting a pet, consider how much time they will be on their own, and how this will be managed. How will you be sure they are safe and have the required stimulation and comforts when you are not home? Who will care for them when you go on holidays?

Costs associated with owning a pet

Adoption Fees

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 - $900 depending on the type and age of the animal).

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? How would you manage unexpected medical expenses if your animal was to become ill?