Pet owner shares what she learned after finding her lost dog after nine days

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The Telegram group that pet owner Peixuan created to find his dog has now become a support channel for other lost pet search efforts.

On April 2, Peixuan Sng, a 29-year-old marketing executive, set off on a trip to Los Angeles from Singapore with her two dogs Oreo and Toffee.

Everything was going according to plan until the plane, initially driven to the runway, returned to the gate due to an anomaly in the baggage.

On board, Peixuan was later informed by airport staff that Oreo was nowhere to be found, having escaped from the crate in which he had been transported.

Stepping off the plane, Peixuan began an arduous search for her lost companion over the next nine days, with the help of airport staff and a search party she formed online.

On April 10, Oreo, a black Singapore Special, was finally found on the airport premises and reunited with Peixuan.

Now, days after the incident, Peixuan is sharing some tips from her heartbreaking experience with Youthopia that other pet owners could benefit from.

Be equipped for such scenarios

You never know how animals react to stressful situations like this, so it’s important to be well prepared, Peixuan said.

Although Oreo had no close contact with humans for the nine days, hampering search efforts, an air tag that Peixuan had attached to his collar played a key role in the pair’s eventual reunion.

Although the AirTag went silent after their last contact on April 2, it updated its location on the morning of April 10, which reinvigorated search efforts at the airport premises. PHOTO CREDIT: TELEGRAM SCREENSHOT

She advised pet owners to weigh their options when choosing the right tracker for their pet.

“For example, a GPS tracker would have been more beneficial in my case, but there are concerns about battery life and cellular reception, so I would say, do your research and find out what works best for you,” she said.

For pets with a tendency to run away, she said owners should double up with location tracking devices to help in such scenarios.

You know your pet best

As a pet owner, you can get an idea of ​​what he will do in such stressful situations. This knowledge can help in research, Peixuan said.

In his case, she suspected that Oreo was instinctively hiding or going home, as he usually acted when he was off the leash before the incident.

Although she lost faith in finding Oreo around the airport perimeters during the nine-day search, her instincts proved true at the very end.

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With the help of the AirTag’s updated location on April 10, Oreo was finally spotted by volunteers within hours along the airport grounds fence. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@PEIXYDONKEY

Peixuan said, “If they disappear for a longer period of time, you may start to doubt what it might or might not do, but remember these things.

“These characteristics will define how you will fetch your pet.”

Do not hesitate to ask for help

On the day Oreo went missing, Peixuan gave up on her overseas trip and spent the afternoon searching the airport grounds with the Changi Airport Wildlife Team.

When the search proved fruitless, she asked for help via Facebook, posting on community pages like Singapore dogs.

“I was lucky to have a lot of people willing to sacrifice their time, get advice from other owners, and get some media attention about it,” Peixuan said.

With further encouragement from those around him, Peixuan created a Telegram group centralizing Oreo search efforts, which saw volunteers even search Changi beaches in the early days of the search.

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In addition to posting on Facebook and Instagram, Peixuan posted posters in the Changi area to maximize research efforts. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@PEIXYDONKEY

Stay motivated in your research

Although she considers herself one of the lucky few to have found her pet within days, Peixuan said it was important to stay positive throughout the search.

The search for a missing pet is a stressful experience with emotional and physical consequences, and for many who have lost contact with their pet for more than several months, hope is almost lost.

“Even if the animal dies, there is still some form of closure to finding it. So if it’s still there, there’s no reason to stop looking,” she said. , recounting his thought process during the research.

Since reuniting with Oreo, the Telegram group of more than 900 subscribers to date has converted into a search channel for other owners searching for their missing pets, aptly rebranded SUPPORT FOR LOST ANIMALS IN SG.

Feeling grateful for the help she has received, Peixuan is happy with the new direction of the Telegram group and hopes it will be “helpful in benefiting other pet owners”.

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