SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A Surrey woman who lost her cat, spent days camping out in her search for him and even hired a local pet detective, has been reunited with her pet.
Lisa van Vliet’s three-year-old black cat, Bear, disappeared from her home in Surrey on May 26. During her search, van Vliet camped out in her backyard and in an empty lot for ten days, hoping to be able to intervene if the coyotes got to him first.
“Two nights in I thought, this is not good. He’s lost or eaten and I just need closure,” she says.
Pet searchers Al and Fargo with the assistant tracker. (Source: Submitted, Lisa van Vliet)
She says her neighbours were very understanding throughout the ordeal, even letting her into their yards to search.
“We all had just gotten to know each other, and they let me in their yards. ‘Bear! Bear! Bearsy!’ [I was] calling, calling, calling for days. I mean, I was screaming. I wanted him to hear me and come back.”
Eventually, van Vliet decided to contact Petsearchers, a pet detective agency. They brought in the bloodhounds and tracked Bear, by scent, to a field.
“The trapper and I were up in the field that the bloodhounds tracked him in, and he looked right at us and ran off. So they get terrified and then they’re not your cat anymore, in their mind,” she says.
All that hard work paid off and van Vliet was reunited with Bear. Both are recovering from their ordeal but van Vliet says the cat is in good health.