The beloved family members have been found!
I was crying in my sleep last night and dreamed that I found them sleeping under a bush in a glade where we use to play with Claire when she was a puppy. Woke up smiling only to realise it was a dream.
Found the dogs at animal welfare! Someone must have called them and they picked up the pets. They are ok, a little bit sore but have now been micro chipped and registered. We are $$$ poor now but so happy and thankful that they are well and alive.