As an Animal Communicator I often get asked for help finding lost or missing pets.  If driving around the area hasn’t helped, as owners we tend to think the worst and get anxious and worried, so hopefully these tips will help give you a plan and clarity on what’s going on.


Why do they leave?

There are a variety reasons why an animal might vanish initially:

  • Cats go hunting and stay away longer than we’d like.
  • Dogs get disoriented after running off following a scent.
  • Grief causes feelings of uncertainty, eg if a family member or pet died or left recently.
  • Pets (or people) not getting on causes disharmony.
  • Moving home, perhaps they’re trying to get back to the previous place.
  • Your dog might have run away when off lead away from home.
  • Fireworks and thunderstorms are big culprits for making animals run blindly; if you know they’re going to happen, make sure everyone is safely contained.

See if you can pinpoint why they have left, and it should help you figure out where they would have gone and how to help them come back.


Finding lost or missing pets – things you can do

*   This article has good tips for some of the basic things you can do.

*   Lost dogs can get quite panicked, so have a read of this article for more on that.

*   If you’ve moved house recently you can try looking back at the old place.  Alert the new owners, and the neighbours.

*   Cats out hunting can be gone for a couple of weeks in spring; it may be a war of nerves but sometimes you just need to trust that they’ll come back!

*   I’ve seen it recommended to place something with your pet’s (or your) scent on it outside the house; the smell will help it find home. Or, if you lose your dog on a trail or out in the wild, place a dog bed or blanket in the area last seen and check it often.  When you put up flyers in your neighbourhood you can even create a ‘scent trail’ by attaching small items to the poles to help guide them home.

Most importantly, once you’ve identified a specific reason why the animal might have left, make sure you fix whatever was wrong – otherwise, why would they want to come home.

Your biggest challenge – staying Calm

I know it’s not easy, but this is a biggie.  From my perspective as an animal communicator and energy worker, I feel really strongly how the owner’s worry and anxiety can affect the situation.  It can create an energetic barrier that actually keeps the pet away.

Some pets are scared to come home in case they get told off, so your energy needs to be calm and welcoming.  Telling them off for running away isn’t going to make them feel that great about coming back!  (You might find this blog on feeling safe useful.)

Think about your pet in a positive and loving way.  No thinking about whether they’ve been hit by a car, how scared they must be, how awful you feel.  Focus on all the positives in your relationship, how much you love them, and how you’re looking forward to having them home with you again.


Some more ‘woowoo’ things you can do for finding lost or missing pets…

Well, if you’re looking for help on an animal communicator’s page what else would you expect?  Lol.

*   Try meditating.  Sit quietly, breathing deeply, clearing your mind.  Picture your pet coming towards you, or coming home, and what that homecoming will be like.

*   Imagine sending unconditional love, or pink light, from your heart to theirs.  See it surrounding them.  You can find that exercise in this explanation about animals and energy.

*   Visualise a beacon, a bright light like a lighthouse, above your house or property, guiding them home.

*   You could imagine a bungee cord type connection between you and the animal, drawing them back to you.

What an Animal Communicator can do

Pinpointing where lost or missing pets are really isn’t my forte.  Even if you can pinpoint a location, they’ve often moved again before the owner can get there.

However, an Animal Communicator may be able to help you identify why they went, if not exactly where.

They should be able to find out whether the animal is injured or in pain, and whether that is affecting their ability to get home.

And, they can explain things to the animal relating to the initial situation – ‘it’s safe to come home now’; ‘mum isn’t mad, she just wants you home safe’; ‘can you find your way home?’ and so on.


If you’d like to see if a session would help your pet make it’s way home, book here.


I do hope these tips help you, let me know below!

Keep connecting with your animals,

Trisha x


About Trisha

Trisha Wren has been an equine professional for most of her adult life.  She rode, competed, and taught Western Riding for 15 years in Scotland, then taught horse and rider bio-mechanics in New Zealand and Australia for 10 years.  Trisha has been a full time horse and animal communicator since April 2016. Find out more about Trisha here and sign up for her self paced Animal Communication course here.