Finding Lost Pets - Pet Search and Rescue

International K-9 Search and Rescue uses trained search dogs to search for missing and stolen animals including domesticated pets as well as livestock. If your pet is lost and you've signed a contract for us to help you find it, we will:

  1. Take a report from you including a missing pet description and profile.

  2. Obtain a scent article belonging to your pet. (Some kind of fur, hair, blanket, or collar that only that pet has touched, worn, or laid on).

  3. Start tracking the missing or stolen pet with a trained search dog team.

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Dog found and reunited with happy guardians.

Dogs and guardian reunited after Valorie tracked them for 6 miles.

 


A Bull Mastiff being
rescued from a 40 foot dry well.

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A found pet:
Thank you again for finding Pookie for us. I wish so much I had known about your service 3 days earlier and I think we could have found her alive. I know her time on earth was going to be limited but knowing she died all alone without us is hard for me. But it was good to find her so we didn't have to wonder and worry about her and we could bring her home to bury. I will certainly recommend your services to anyone in our situation.
Please send me a picture at your convenience.
Thanks,
Onalee and Jerry Wasserburger
Using Search Dogs to Find Your Pet

Scent. All search dogs will pick up the freshest scent of the animal, and track it instinctively. As a human or animal walks along, it sheds approximately 10,000 pieces of scent per minute. This scent falls to the ground and stays there until the wind and air currents move the scent to nearby dirt, sand, brushy vegetation areas. The scent is held there until it fully dissipates about a year later. When an animal or human walks in one specific direction it's laying down scent that the trained search dog can track up to 365 days later, even in the rain. Rain actually helps the scent. It brings the scent closer to the ground surface, keeps the search dogs nasal passages moist to help the dog retain the scent, and it will liven the scent.

What hurts scent? Heavy vehicle and human traffic contaminates the scent. Heavy rains of 2" per day may wash the scent down. Heat dries out the scent and the search dogs nasal scent receptors making it harder for the search dog to track. Cigarette smoke contains a poisonous drug called Nicotine. Nicotine is an anesthetizing agent that can numb up the search dogs scent receptors by 95% and make the search dogs basically useless. If you smoke around your pet, the second hand cigarette smoke poison that you are putting into their little lungs (Nicotine) can also alter the missing pet's scent, and prevent a search dog from tracking it. That's why all of our team members are non-smokers. That's also why you are never allowed to smoke around our search dogs or their handlers. You are also exposing your pet to many types of respiratory diseases and cancer.

Can search dogs track at night? Yes, of course we can. In fact we prefer to track at night. Air molecules stay lower to the ground at night and there are fewer scents to contend with in the evening.

False tracks. A false track happens when the animal walks one specific direction, then the pet owner or someone else, walks on top of the pet's scent (usually in or around the home). This transfers the pet's scent onto the bottom of the person's footwear and when the person walks or drives a different direction, this person is now giving off a fresher scent of the missing pet to track. This is called a false scent trail. There is no way to prevent this from happening, it's a fact of life. The only way that you can keep this from happening, is to call Search and Rescue out immediately before you do any looking, so as not to contaminate the track.

What happens when the search dog tracks to a specific location and we can't find our pet? This happens on many of the tracks. The pet will walk to a specific location and by the time we get called, respond, and perform our track of the missing pet, it has already been picked up by a well meaning person to be cared for. The search dog will give you a direction of travel of your missing pet and the location of where your animal was picked up. You can then post your lost pet posters in this area. 60% of our clients get their pets back this way. This saves you time, money, and works really well.

What if the search dog tracks my pet to a specific location and we get reports of sightings in a completely different area? It is not unusual for someone who is well meaning to pick up a lost animal. Soon the animal becomes too much responsibility for the person to take care of. They then may take it away from their own home and let it go. Usually at a nearby park, school, or business. They may take it back to where they found it and set it free, hoping it will find its way back home. Or the pet may just break free from the person and try to find its way back home.

How do we know the search dogs track was accurate? There is never a 100% guarantee that we'll find your loved one. We'll give it our best efforts. A SEARCH DOG doesn't know how to lie. That's why their testimony in a court of law is accepted, with training, testing, and mission documentation. A search dog is trained to follow the track or trail of the scent given to them by their dog handler. A mutual trust exists between the dog handler and the search dog. There a rare times where the search dog ends up following a false track. This happens approximately once in every 300 searches and it is usually caused by cross contamination.

Harry Oakes started in SAR, May 1972. with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office with MCSO LE Post# 900 / 631. Portland, Ore.

1974-1977 US Army Military Police assisted in MAST Medicvac’s.

1978 Worked as a SAR Coordinator with Morrow County Sheriff’s Office in Heppner, Oregon.

1986 active member / instructor with Portland Mountain Rescue and co-founded the search dog program Oregon D.O.G.S. for the state of Oregon in 1986.

1987. Harry then founded the Non profit K9 SAR team of Mountain                                   Wilderness Search Dogs.

1997 Founded the for profit professional International K9 Search and Rescue Services.

Here's the break down of Harry’s SAR Calls. All documented, and all accepted in the courts of law. Reviewed and verified by the Oregon Department of Justice.

Since 1986, I've received over 9,386 SAR calls around the world.
1,843
have been for missing person cases. 7,543 cases have been for evidence, and missing pet cases. I've performed 310 Consulting cases re: the missing person calls. I've documented through law enforcement and the US Govt, 185 Direct live Finds of missing persons.

I've assisted the LE, Govt., and private families in finding 139 live victims.
What this means is that various LE Agencies, private families, and government agencies have turned to my SAR expertise, SAR coordination skills, and ability to read air currents, search dogs alerts, scent and scent evidence and I was able to directed search teams to a particular area which helped them find the missing person(s) alive. Totals;
324 live finds.

I’ve located 332 humans dead directly. I've assisted the LE and Govt. and private families in finding 84 dead victims indirectly with my search dogs leading LE and private family members to specific locations. What this means is that various LE Agencies, private families, and government agencies have  turned to my SAR expertise, SAR coordination skills, and ability to read air currents, search dogs alerts, scent and scent evidence and I was  able to  directed search teams to a particular area which helped them find the missing person dead. Total victims located dead 416. Total Finds and Assist Finds Humans 740.

Again all these cases are documented by date, times, locations, names, places, agencies and have been reviewed by the Dept of justice, local law enforcement and other agencies and has been authenticated.

Finding just one person alive or dead gives a search dog handler credibility.
Harry Oakes has a documented 99% accuracy level at finding the victim or determining what really happened to them and where.

Respectfully
Mr. Harry Oakes
International K9 Search and Rescue Services


 

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