Bromley sisters find seven-month old cat up a church roof thanks to Animal Search UK

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 July 2014

Eggleston who was found last Friday. Photo credit: Rahela Vrdoljak

Eggleston who was found last Friday. Photo credit: Rahela Vrdoljak


As a full-time midwife Rae Vrdoljak and her sister were distraught when their beloved cat Eggleston went missing more than a week ago.

Picture: Animal Search UKPicture: Animal Search UK

With high summer upon us the feline lovers had plenty of daylight hours to search for the seven month old tabby, but precious little free time to do so.

A quick search online led Rae, of Park End, Bromley, to Animal Search UK, a free website which assists helpless owners find their lost pets, which launched 14 years ago.

“I could not get any time off work so I thought it was great that people could look for him while I was at work,” said Rae.

About 2,000 people visit the free website each day, scanning the lost and found databases in the hope of being reunited with their missing pets.

Owners, though, can pay for Animal Search’s team of detectives to track down their pet, too.

Three days after Rae and her sister Ana called Animal Search onto the case, Eggleston was found on a nearby church roof to the absolute relief of his owners.

“Animal Search meant we did not give up hope of finding him,” added Rae. “He means everything to us.

“He was found at a little church at the end of our road. He was in a garden on the top of a roof. He had a few grazes – other than that he was fine.”

The team of around 10 pet detectives, led by former West Midlands police officer Tom Watkins, who has over 18 years of investigation experience, is fully equipped with walkie-talkies, rescue traps, torches and police style patrol vehicles to assist with their hunt for the much loved pet.

He said: “Most missing pets are found within a mile of home – the challenge faced by owners, is making sure that as many people as possible know that their pet has gone missing, and encouraging them to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for them.

“Unfortunately, work and family commitments often mean that owners don’t have as much time as they’d like to scouring the area looking for their pet, and this is one of the ways in which we can help.”

Tom claims his team can be on site within 48 hours of the initial call out anywhere in the UK. It is little wonder that since the company was set up the website and detective team have reunited more than 10,000 pets with their owners.

Have you lost a pet? Visit for more information on how you could find it.

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