Having boarded Ellie, our 5 year old dutch house rabbit, at the local pet store whilst we went to a friend’s wedding in Scotland, over a bank holiday weekend last year; you can imagine our surprise when the store owner called us to tell us she had been stolen!!
My husband and I enjoy travelling and have safely left Ellie at the pet store 3-4 times per year where she has her own cage and is well looked after by staff.
The events leading up to when Ellie went missing are not clear but the staff think it happened when they were distracted outside the front of the shop talking about cages. Ellie had only been with them a few hours.
When we returned from our trip, the shop had put up a £50 reward for finding Ellie.
To find Ellie would be like looking for a needle in a haystack, we knew this but we couldn’t bear to think the worst so we set about trying to find her. We made up posters containing a picture of Ellie with a description and telephone number and stuck these to lamp posts around the town. We called up all the local vets listed on the internet and gave them Ellie’s details and we called the RSPCA.
As a last ditch attempt to find Ellie, I called the local paper who ran a story on page two of their paper with input from the store owner.
A week went by when we had no response, then on day 12, I received a call from a lady who said she had seen a notice at her vets where she had taken her dog to been seen to. She thought she knew where Ellie was; with her friend in the next town.
I called the friend who described the rabbit she had been given on the day Ellie had gone missing. She explained that she and her family were the Dr Doolittle of the town as they take in stray animals.
My husband and I arranged to go straight around to her house. When we got there, we knew instantly that the rabbit in the front room was Ellie. Ellie looked relaxed and seemed to have enjoyed her stay with a number of other rabbits, cats and dogs the kind lady was housing.
To this day, we cannot get over the fact that we found Ellie. She is now 6 and still full of character.