As you know if you have experienced (or are currently experiencing) a lost or missing pet situation, it can be a very stressful time. These feelings are understandable because your pet is part of your family and you sincerely want your pet to come home again.
The focus of this page includes some of the reasons that animals leave or run away from their home, techniques I use to help locate them and why they may or may not return home on their own or be found. There is also a list of helpful tips at the bottom of this page that you can implement in conjunction with what I am doing to search for, and hopefully locate, your lost pet.
Finally, I will never guarantee that a lost or missing animal will be found. Nor will I guarantee that they will return home on their own even if they are roaming freely. I don't know of any animal communicator that can make those types of guarantees. But, I have had a significant amount of animals either found because of the information I relay to the human companions from their pets or return home on their own with the instructions that I provide.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for me to communicate with your lost pet and to do map dowsing, please select any of the Shop Online buttons located on this page. From there, you can add the applicable Lost Animal Consultation to your cart and complete your payment. NOTE: The general status lost animal consultation does not include map dowsing.
NOTE: Because reuniting lost animals with their families is a priority to me, I make every effort to schedule lost animal consultations within 24 hours (excluding Sundays and holidays) of receiving confirmation of your payment.
Why Animals Leave Their Homes or Run Away:
In addition to the obvious reasons (i.e. something frightened them, neglect or abuse, they are in heat and/or they have an overwhelming desire to go out and explore their surroundings), there is also a not-so-obvious reason that I have found. Like us, animals come into this realm of existence with a mission. Some refer to this as your life's path. Not all animals have more than one mission during the same lifetime, but some do. So, some animals, therefore, have been known to leave because their life's mission may be taking them in another direction.
The Techniques I Use to Help Locate Lost Animals or Help Them Find Their Own Way Back Home:
I use map dowsing in combination with animal communication to assist in locating lost animals. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years. In modern times, dowsing has been used to detect water for wells, mineral deposits and archaeological artifacts hidden in the earth. Using a map, this same practice can be used to determine the general location of the lost animal. Therefore, I will need your home address and the address(es) and date(s) where your lost pet was last seen to facilitate the map dowsing process.
Why Lost Animals May Not Return Home or Be Found:
In addition to the obvious reasons why lost animals may not return home immediately, or ever, (their life's mission is taking them in a new direction, they have transitioned, they are injured and have entered into a protective state while they recover from their injuries, etc.), there are a few more reasons that also need to be considered. There are animals that I have encountered that have been stolen and cannot return home on their own. I have had animals tell me that they believe there are too many animals in the house and, therefore, they left. One lost animal in particular told me that she would not return home because she believed that the predator (coyote) that scared her away in the first place will come back after her if she tries to come home.
INITIAL LOST ANIMAL CONSULTATION:
The fee for an initial lost animal consultation is $180.00 (in US funds). This type of consultation includes one round of map dowsing, one communication session with the lost animal, a map of the area where the animal's energy is the strongest at the time the map dowsing is completed and a detailed e-mail with the information that I receive.
I will only contact you by phone if I find that the missing animal has made its transition or if information that I receive needs your immediate attention.Otherwise, so that you can have the information to print off and take with you while you conduct your search, I will provide you with the information that I receive via e-mail.
Please keep in mind that there are no guarantees that your missing animal will return home or be found.
1) You may pay using a credit card from myShop page, or you can mail a personal check, cashiers check or money order (made payable to Link's Wagging Tales) to the address listed on the Contact Informationpage.2) Upon receipt of your payment, I will need the following information e-mailed to me: *Please let me know how you heard about me. *A digital or scanned picture of the lost animal
*The lost animal's name and gender *The date the animal was lost *Your home address or the address from where the animal went missing *Address(es) and date(s) where the animal was last seen (which may be the same as your home address) *Your phone number (used if the information warrants a phone call rather than an e-mail) 3) I will either call you (US phone numbers only) or e-mail you with the information that I receive from the lost animal based on what is stated above. If you are located outside of the United States, I will provide the phone number for you to call me at a prearranged date and time if warranted. 4) A charge of $30.00 (in US funds) will be incurred on returned checks.
FOLLOW-UP LOST ANIMAL CONSULTATION
The fee for a follow-up lost animal consultation is $140.00 (in US funds). If I’ve already conducted a full lost animal consultation for you, and a subsequent lost animal consultation is necessary for the same missing animal, please select this consultation.
This type of consultation includes one follow-up round of map dowsing, one follow-up communication session with the lost animal, a map of the area where the animal's energy is the strongest at the time the map dowsing is completed and a detailed e-mail listing the information that the lost animal shares with me at the time that I communicate with him/her.
I will only contact you by phone if I find that the missing animal has made his/her transition or, if information that I receive needs your immediate attention. Otherwise, so that you can have the information to print off and take with you while you conduct your search, I will provide you with the information that I receive via e-mail.
Please keep in mind that there are no guarantees that your missing animal will return home or be found.
GENERAL STATUS CHECK CONSULTATION (FOR A MISSING ANIMAL)
The fee for a general status check consultation for a missing animal is $40.00 (in US funds). This consultation includes a general status check on a missing animal. Specifically, determining first if a missing animal is still alive based on their energy at the time of the consultation.
If I determine that he/she has made their transition, I will contact you by phone.
If I determine that the missing animal is alive, I’ll let you know if he/she is getting food and water, if he/she is sick or injured and if he/she has found shelter or remains outdoors. I will provide you with this information via e-mail. At that point, if you decide to proceed with the full initial lost animal consultation, you’d simply pay the difference in cost of $140.00.
NOTE: Map dowsing is not included in this type of consultation.
I participated in the 2022 Conversations for Charity guest speakers series for animal lovers.
My session about missing and lost animals is available for purchase and all proceeds go to Ahimsa House. You can watch and listen to this session anytime from the comfort of your own home.
So, if you've ever wanted to learn more about the work I do with missing and lost animals, be sure and check it out.
Tips for Finding Lost or Missing Animals:
There are many things, in addition to contacting me as soon as possible for assistance, that can be done to increase your chances of being reunited with your lost or missing pet.
1. Create a laminated 'lost pet' sign that contains the word 'REWARD' at the top, a recent color picture of the animal in the center of the sign and the phone number to contact if the animal is seen by someone or found. It is very important not to list any other details. NOTE: Please use a large enough sign that it can be seen by drivers in their cars. If the sign is too small, they will not be able to see it from their car.
2. Post the sign around the neighborhood, at local veterinarian's offices, at the county animal control shelter and at local animal rescue shelters.
3. If you live in a major city with a lot of restaurants nearby, provide each restaurant with the 'lost pet' sign or flier. After all, the animal will find food wherever it is convenient.
4. If your animal is microchipped, contact the company (e.g. Avid, Home Again) to ensure that they have your current information on file in case someone contacts them about finding your pet.
5. Visit the local county animal control shelter and local animal rescue shelters daily to see if your pet is among those at the shelters. The shelters have so many volunteers, employees and staff on hand on any given day that unless you talk to each of them they may not know that you are looking for your missing pet. Also, if you search animal shelter web sites for your missing pet, don't narrow your search by a specific breed. Sometimes, if the person entering the information on the shelter's web site isn't sure of the animal's breed, they may list it incorrectly. For example, I recently looked at a nearby county's animal control site and saw a purebred schnauzer listed as a Scottish terrier. So, if I had performed a search on "schnauzer", this dog would not have come up in the search results.
6. Place a lost pet ad in your local newspaper and on web sites such as Petfinder and your local Craig's List. Include the same information that you have on the 'lost pet' sign.
7. Check 'found' pet ads in the local newspaper, on local county rescue shelter web sites, Petfinder and on your local Craig's List. Again, (as stated in #5 above) don't limit your search to a particular breed.
8. Canvass a three-block radius around your neighborhood from your home. It is important to knock on doors and talk to your neighbors so they are aware that your pet is missing. If they are not home, leave a flier (not in the mailbox because that is illegal). Unless you see your pet during your search, please do not call for them while you are searching your neighborhood. The reason for this is if they do happen to hear you, you would be gone by the time they get to where you were when you called for them. Instead, either call for them from the front yard or backyard of your home or, if you do look for them by car, look silently. Also, if you are searching for a missing cat, be sure and look up in the trees. I have had several instances where the missing cat has been chased up into a tree and is fearful to come down.
9. If your lost animal is a cat, set up a humane trap, pet taxi or crate at night in a safe area near the exterior of your home (e.g. front porch, deck, back porch) and cover the back and sides with a towel or blanket that has your scent or your pet's scent on it. Check on the trap, taxi or crate frequently throughout the night but do it discretely so as not to scare your pet away. Put a bowl of fresh soft cat food, tuna or sardines and water in the enclosure to lure the cat into the enclosure. Also, include a towel, blanket or other familiar item with your scent or your pet's scent in the enclosure. You may catch other animals as well, but you might also catch your own pet. If you do happen to catch other animals, release them from the trap while you are standing at the back of the trap. They will generally run away very quickly and not look back.
10. If you live in a neighborhood that has a homeowner's association, contact one of the board members and ask them to post your pet's information on the neighborhood web site and to send out an e-mail to everyone in the neighborhood asking that you be called if someone sees your pet.
11. Actively keep searching for your lost animal no matter how much time has elapsed. Lost animals can turn up weeks, and sometimes months or years after they've been lost.
12. Provide a "lost pet" flyer to drivers with regular routes in the area and ask them to contact you if they see your missing pet. This includes mail carriers, trash collectors, school bus drivers, delivery truck drivers (e.g. FedEx, UPS, etc.)
MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMAIN POSITIVE ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF YOUR SEARCH. While this may be understandably difficult at times, negative emotions such as fear, worry and anxiety can block positive results.
Lost Animal-related Media Coverage and Photos of Some of the Formerly Missing Animals Tim Has Helped to Reunite with Their Families
Nancy G. - El Cerrito, California
I am so grateful for Tim's help finding my grey kittie, Venus. Venus had run away the day we moved into our new house, frightened by the unexpected noise of power tools. After 7 weeks of no sign of her and doing all the usual stuff, I called Tim. He told Venus to let herself be seen and helped by people. The next day, I got a phone call from kind couple. Venus showed up in their yard, where they fed her and called me! Thank goodness they found my ad on Craigslist, which I had renewed week by week. It was such an immediate result, that I'm still amazed. Mainly I'm thankful to have my miracle baby back! Thanks Tim!
September 24, 2013 Press Release (London, England)
To read the article, Animal Communicator More Than 6,700 Kilometers Away Finds Lost Cats, written by Vanessa Lowry, please open the document below or click here.
THANK YOU, TIM!! There is no doubt that your help was instrumental in bringing Middy home. And knowing he was so close and was okay was very comforting as well. People who don't believe in animal communication are such fools. It's such a beautiful open world out there. I'm glad my eyes were opened.
Middy, glad to be back home!
Andrea M. - Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania
It was a long week. Our inquisitive little tuxedo cat Boots ("Bootie") had been missing for over 72 hours and I was panicky. I had no idea as to where to look. My husband thought our strictly indoor kitty had sneaked outside and that we wouldn't see him again. I must admit I thought it was a worse case scenario. We spent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and part of Friday searching for him. I went door to door thru my neighborhood. We put up flyers. I called the vet, the animal control center, the police...basically everyone I could think of. And, I bawled my eyes out.
Finally, at my sister's suggestion, I found the link for Tim and emailed him. As I waited for his response. I walked outside and called for Boots yet again, expecting the same old, same old...no response. But, this time I heard a faint meow coming from above our garage. A friend who is in construction came over and after some careful calculations, cut a hole in the wall of our son's closet wall. Sure enough, there was Bootie, right behind the closet wall in this bedroom above the garage. I was so excited and relieved he was alive! But, Bootie...he just sat there, like a statue, on a wooden beam, and looked at us as though he was greatly annoyed that he had been found.
Later, I opened my email and found the message from Tim. I was shocked...I had given him only basic information and he nailed it! He said that Bootie told him he was "right here" and that he was calm. He said Bootie told him he was in a small area with wood boards around him (crawl space) and there was the smell of engine oil. He said he could get out but was unsure. Hah! Unsure if he wanted to, I think!
I've always believed in intuitive powers, but I know there are con artists out there. Well, Tim Link is no con artist...he's the real deal! If, heaven forbid, I ever find myself in this situation in the future, you can bet I will once again contact Tim. He got back to me quickly and was accurate beyond my wildest dreams. It was just a coincidence that we located Bootie before I read the email. Had we not, I feel confident that we would certainly have found our cat using the information Tim provided.
I'm a believer!
Thank you Tim!
Luann B. - Fairbanks, Alaska
Two Lost Huskies Found!
At 10:30 am on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, two of our three dogs decided to take off and ran up the road. My husband looked for them until dark with no success. And we (and several friends) continued to look for the next two days. By the time Saturday rolled around, a wave of desperation came over me. I remembered the name of a pet communicator that a coworker had used several times (with amazing success). I decided that it was time to dig that number up, so I drove to work specifically to get that number out of my desk. I called immediately and left a detailed message of our predicament. The gal called back within the hour, but was unable to assist. However, she was able to provide contact info for three other pet communicators ... one being Tim Link.
I left a detailed message for Tim and also looked up his web site that was mentioned in his voice mail message. I found that the information needed regarding lost pets was very detailed. I decided to go ahead and initiate payment and send an email to Tim with as many details as possible that may assist in helping him locate our dogs. Luckily, Tim was able to respond with urgency and accuracy! (And the four-hour time difference worked to our advantage too!) By the time Sunday morning rolled around and I logged on to the computer to check emails, Tim had already responded with details that got our blood pumping and filled our hearts with the first glimmer of hope in four days!
Without a doubt, Tim had "communicated" with our dogs that morning. The details that he provided were accurate beyond belief. He confirmed that our dogs were together and outside traveling down paths and trails in the rural outskirts of our Alaska town. Tim also provided a map southeast of our home with instructions to "look here." And for the first time, that's where we focused our attention. My husband and I traveled those roads very slowly multiple times that day calling their names. We spoke to many neighbors and handed out posters. With about 90 minutes of daylight left, I decided to go back to try again.
My first task was to replace a small paper poster with a large laminated one. I pulled into the first driveway to turn around and go back towards the intersection to swap that poster. When I glanced out the driver's door window ... there was Kenai, the younger of the two dogs!! At first I thought I was imagining her there. But when I realized she really was there, I couldn't get my seatbelt off and the door open quickly enough. Kenai jumped right into the truck and curled up on the seat ready for a badly-needed nap. I was frantically calling for the other dog, Greely, but he wasn't anywhere to be found. I called my husband, who immediately came to that location to help look for Greely. We drove that area again until dark with no further luck.
We headed home to check messages and give Kenai a closer look. Although extremely skinny, she was in pretty good shape except for a swollen "wrist" and a couple sores. I dropped Tim an email sharing the good news of finding one dog and asked for suggestions for locating Greely. Tim responded quickly with words of encouragement and joy and added that he encouraged Greely to seek help from humans.
At 1 am we realized there was an unheard voice mail message. The woman said "I think I just saw your dog." She gave the same intersection that Tim had led us to. My husband drove around in that area until 4 am with no luck. The next morning (Monday), we called her back and asked for more info. Unfortunately, she left that message at 3 pm the previous day and she was describing Kenai. Alas, Greely was still missing.
We headed back out to drive that area yet again. I had to give up and go to work at 1 pm, but my husband kept looking. He finally headed home to get something to eat and check messages about 5 pm. About a half hour later, the phone rang. It was a woman saying "I think your dog is in my yard, and he doesn't look like he's going anywhere." They spoke about what the dog looked like, and then my husband asked about the collar ("was it purple?"). The woman said "my husband says he's got a blue collar, but I think he's color blind." With enough details that sounded like Greely, my husband decided it was worth the drive to go look. Sure enough it was Greely … hooray!!
The neighborhood that Tim led us to is near two rivers (where the Little Chena flows into the Big Chena). By the way, Tim also showed us on the map where the dogs crossed the river ... we found dog tracks on that river bank in a neighborhood where there were no loose dogs (those had to be our dogs' tracks!). The location where Greely was found is where the Little Chena River crosses a main road. We believe that Greely walked all night, following the (frozen) Little Chena, until he came across a home. And it was there that Greely decided to wait for us to come to him.
Kenai was gone four and a half days, and Greely was gone five and a half days. And it was with Tim's assistance that we brought them home since we hadn't been looking anywhere near where they actually were until we consulted with Tim.
I've always believed in communication of all kinds (pets, spirits, etc.), and my husband never has believed in any of it. But after Kenai was found, he confessed that he now believes. Hooray!
We send Tim a HUGE thank you for helping to point us in the right direction, and for "communicating" with Kenai and Greely ... letting them know that we were looking for them and how they could help in the process. We're so happy and relieved to have them home safe and sound. (I think they've gained a greater appreciation of how good they have it too.)
If anyone finds themselves in a similar predicament, I'd highly recommend Tim's services. And the sooner you contact Tim, the better, since time could only put more distance between you and your pet(s).
Kenai and Greely (Alaska)
June 7, 2012 NBC's 11Alive.com Site
To read the article, Expert Pet Finder Offers Tips to Locate Lost Animals Faster, Gets Tails Wagging, written by Debbie Fitzgerald, please open the document below or click here.
On November 12, 2008 my cat, Sam, ran out the back door when I let our dog out for the last time that night.It was a warm balmy night and the leaves were in a whirlwind.I believe this was why Sam wanted to go out.I kept checking the doors for him throughout that night and many, many nights after that but that wasn't to be, at least anytime soon.The next morning brought wind and driving rain and it seemed to rain for days.It was also the coldest winter in years.I spent much of that fall and winter outside looking for Sam , putting up posters, checking the shelter, following up leads, at least 100, and contacted several animal communicators, including Tim Link.The first time I contacted Tim, he told me of a certain address and neighborhood to look in, but Sam never materialized.During this entire time I always felt certain that Sam was alive.The hardest thing was not knowing what had happened to him and also listening to many people, including my own family, telling me to give it up.Then this past December, I felt this compulsion to look just one more time and to also contact Tim.Tim communicated with Sam and told me he was still alive and doing well and he also gave me two different addresses to check, Chesley Knoll and Bramble Bush.On New Year's Eve, I put two posters on either side of these two streets which were about two miles from my home.When I went to the address on Chesley Knoll, there was a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of pets!I actually spoke to the owner of the house who was just coming back from walking his dog, showed him a picture of Sam, but he said he had not seen him.Then on January 6, 2010 I received a call from a man who was doing roofing work at a house on Chesley Knoll saying he had had Sam for the last month or so.I tried to not get too excited because I had gotten my hope up so many times before for nothing.I agreed to meet the man when he got home from work at 7:00PM.I could hardly believe my eyes when he opened the door and there was Sam!He immediately meowed and let me pick him up.I spent about an hour with this man who was renting a finished garage room and this is where he was keeping Sam.He said Sam had walked up to his door but he didn't let him in until the next day.The man said he had an orange cat when he was a little boy and it was named Sam so he decided to name my cat Sam! So after 14 heart-wrenching months, two Thanksgivings, two Christmases, two New Years, Sam is finally back where he belongs.I still feel like someone should pinch me.I just wanted to share my amazing story of love, hope and what I truly believe to be divine intervention, facilitated by Tim Link.Thank you Tim!
Liz P. - Austin, TX
My dad was visiting me from out of town, and had brought his best friend, Pique a Boo, a beautiful Bengal cat, along for the weekend. Pique, who is not at all used to the outdoors or my neighborhood, escaped from my house. We searched the neighborhood high and low, put fliers everywhere we could think of, talked to everyone who lived nearby, but a full 24 hours later, he was still missing. My dad was distraught and I have never felt so helpless. Through another animal communicator I knew locally, I was put in touch with Tim, who had answers for me in a short time.
Tim told me that he had communicated with Pique, and that the cat told him that he was calm and comfortable, and had showed him a pool, a creek that was close to a school, and an area with scrap metal. Tim asked Pique a Boo to return to my home. Tim recommended that I set a humane trap towards the back of my yard.
Right around this time, my neighbor called to tell me that he had spotted the cat in the middle of the night, but couldn't catch him! I immediately went to borrow a trap and my dad returned to my house. As soon as my dad pulled up, Pique a Boo casually walked up to my front door! After a full 24 hours of searching, calling him, he just calmly returned!
Now, here is how I know that the information Tim gave me was accurate-
The pool that he saw was in my yard, where Pique a Boo escaped.
He described the creek area in great detail, and he was correct. My husband, my father, and I all felt very drawn to the creek area, so I feel certain he was there at some point during his adventure.
The neighbor who contacted me about Pique a Boo lives directly behind me, where Tim recommended I place the trap. And, his yard is full of scrap metal!
He also told me that Pique was calm and comfortable- that was the last thing any of us had expected to hear. The cat went absolutely wild when he escaped a few times from my father's house. I honestly thought Tim might have been off on that point, but he was completely correct!
I had found two stray dogs and was boarding them for a while, trying to find homes for them.
After initially getting along with my cat, Tukki, they viciously attacked him 5 days later, at 9:30am on November 23, 2009. Tukki fled while I separated the dogs from him. I had no idea where he was, or if he was injured, or even dying. I live on a 100-acre farm and was out looking for him all day long, yelling his name but with no response.
At 9:00pm, almost 12 hours later, I called Tim in absolute hysterics.
I had found Tim on the web a year ago and bookmarked his page for future reference. There were at least 100 animal communicators on the list, but somehow his name and website stuck out to me.
He was extremely kind, and not at all annoyed at being called by a hysterical stranger in the late evening. He waited for me to send him a picture of Tukki, which took an additional 45 minutes as I live in the country and have only dial-up. I was frantically sending the same pix over and over again, only to be timed out. So he was only able to really get started working on communicating with Tukki at 10:00pm.
After Tim got the picture, he kept telling Tukki, my cat, to make himself known, over and over again. EXACTLY 1/2 hour later I passed under a live oak tree within 10 yards of my house, and heard this desperate, pitiful meowing! I had passed under that tree at least 50 times that day calling his name with no response previously.
He was at the top of the tree - a huge live oak - and I took an extension ladder from the barn and climbed to the very top of it, asking Tukki to try to come down, which he did. It was perilous the whole way, it was pitch black, the ladder was wobbling, Tukki was panicking, etc., I finally got my beloved kitty home just before the night ended.
Thank you, Tim, and God bless!
Carolyn H. - Granville, Ohio
My husband rescued a Lhasa Apso named Taffy from a true puppy mill where she'd been kept in a cage for 8 years. It was love at first sight! Six months later she got out of our house and was missing for 13 days. We had friends looking for her and we all walked endless miles (going door to door). We placed flyers in mailboxes and hung huge posters boards in all the surrounding areas. Many of our intuitive friends kept saying she was close or, that someone had her or, even that she was inside.
Finally, one person led me to Tim Link. He returned my call the same night and asked for Taffy's picture and the address from where she went missing. Within 24 hours of my initial contact, he did the consultation. He told me where he thought she was and said he might be off a couple houses, but to keep focusing on the newer homes around the golf course.
The day we found her, my husband had walked and knocked on everyone's door again and reintroduced himself. That night, a lady called us and told us that our small dog was on her porch. My husband immediately went over there, but Taffy had run off. He kept calling her name anyway and then he saw her. She whimpered and slowly walked towards him. When she got close enough to him, he grabbed her.
Tim was right about where she was. She was hard to get because she was so frightened of people and had previously been abused. She is very, very shy, but she finally showed herself like Tim asked her to do. She was gone for 13 days in a rural setting with coyotes. How she ever managed to fend for herself in those 13 days is beyond us because we thought she was to frail. My husband introducing himself to everyone during the search was key because the lady that saw Taffy remembered his name (having thrown ALL the flyers away) and found our number. A true miracle! We placed "We Found Taffy" signs all over to let everyone who had prayed for her know that she had been found and to help us share in the joy. We got almost nonstop calls for 3 days. My heart was indeed so happy that so many cared and told one another to look for Taffy and they kept asking everyone they knew to pray for her safe return. My husband's mom had died earlier in September 2010, so this was especially important for him. We were truly blessed to have Tim!!!!
Angels of Recovery Who seek, find and return The location of my lost pet Is what I need to discern.
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