Re­unit­ing pets with their own­ers Heather has happy tails

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KEA­GAN EL­DER

IN THE 10 years Heather McKind­ley has run var­i­ous Lost and Found Pets Townsville web­sites and Facebook pages, she has lost count of the num­ber of pets she has helped re­unite with own­ers.

Ms McKind­ley, of Kir­wan, self­lessly spends hours of her time day and night help­ing peo­ple around Townsville find their beloved miss­ing pets.

“I love an­i­mals. I just see how many an­i­mals are look­ing for their homes and the num­ber of peo­ple in the Townsville com­mu­nity who have lost their pets get up­set,” she said.

When asked how many an­i­mals she had helped re­home, Ms McKind­ley humbly replied “quite a few”.

Now re­tired, Ms McKind­ley runs seven lost and found Facebook pages – in­clud­ing the Lost Pets Townsville, which has more than 8500 fol­low­ers.

She said dogs, cats and birds were the pets she helped back home the most but she has also helped re­unite some scaly crit­ters in­clud­ing snakes and tur­tles with their own­ers.

Ms McKind­ley moved to Townsville when she was in the Army.

“I have chronic manic de­pres­sion be­cause of the Army … I have panic at­tacks and things,” she said.

With the chance of work­ing from home, she is able to over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties she faces when it comes to deal­ing with peo­ple in pub­lic.

“At home I can just do things at my own pace, this way I can still help peo­ple,” she said.

“I just keep go­ing on the page and talk­ing to the peo­ple. I spend a lot of time talk­ing to peo­ple, I make a lot of phone calls to vets.”

When the mother of two is not look­ing af­ter her own chil­dren or two pet galahs and dog, or on the phone, she is driv­ing around pick­ing up or drop­ping off lost pets.

In her time of manag­ing the lost pet pages, Ms McKind­ley said some of the an­i­mals were found hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres from where they orig­i­nally went miss­ing.

“A dog was taken from Townsville, its own­ers went to see the Cow­boys. When they were away at the game, the dog went miss­ing.

“I found the dog in Char­ters Tow­ers.

“The neigh­bours had taken the dog for a drive and dumped it.”

SELF­LESS ROLE: Heather McKind­ley with her res­cue dog Buddy. Pic­ture: ALIX SWEENEY

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