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15 October, 2020


Cairns social media lit up late last month when Shannon Brianese got the news every missing pet owner prays for.

By Nicole Gibson


Her long-lost Shar Pei cross Bruno had been found after getting lost on a run behind Edmonton quarry in early August.

Ms Brianese, 23, was desperate to get her best mate back and turned to local Facebook community, Cairns Animals Lost, Found and Reunite.

“He’d been gone for a month and I started to worry I might never see him again” Ms Brianese said. “But the group never gave up searching.”

The group is Cairns largest lost animal community with more than 22000 members.

They mount a two-month long search which saw Bruno’s story shared more than 100 times.

“There were sightings of him from Bentley Park to the Gordonvale backroads,” said Ms Brianese.

The group was started in 2011 by Briony Pratt after finding a number of missing dogs in her neighbourhood.

Ms Pratt credits the group’s success to its members who are dedicated animal lovers willing to give up their time to help bring someone else’s pet home safely.

“It can be the middle of the night and while you’re sleeping someone will be out there looking for your lost animal.” she said. “It’s amazing.”

Ms Pratt said the first thing to do when your pet goes missing is post to the group then check the vets and pound but above all make sure your pet is microchipped.

Bruno was finally found five minutes from home, skinny and with scar on his back left leg to remind him never to go missing again.

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