How to Find Your Lost Pet.
Written By Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr.
The most documented Search and Rescue expert in the world.
People spend a lot of money, time, and tears, searching for their missing
pet(s). This information comes from my 43 years plus of looking for missing
persons, and 29 years looking for missing pets. I hope this helps you bring
home your loved one.
Forward: I started in Search and Rescue in 1972 with the Multnomah County
Sheriff’s Dept. L.E. Explorer Post# 900. In 1986, I co-founded the search
dog team Oregon D.O.G.S. (Dogs Organized for Ground Search and Rescue, for
the state of Oregon while I was a team leader for Portland Mountain Rescue.
In 1988 I founded the international response team of Mountain Wilderness
In 1988, I did my first pet search with my second search dog “Ranger” and we
found the missing cat “Dweezil” in less then 20 seconds. (Hiding upstairs
under the waterbed in the client’s home).
In 1997 I started the first professional FOR PROFIT K-9 SAR dog team in the
world. It’s called International K-9 Search and Rescue Services. We provide
professionally trained K-9 SAR Dog Teams and coordinators 24/7 around the
world for missing people or lost pets.
In 1999, I co-founded the search dog teams for the country of Turkey after
responding to their earthquakes as a rescuer. In 2002, I co-founded the
search dog program for the US Virgin Islands on St Croix USVI. I’ve trained
K9 SAR dog teams in Africa, Philippines, Honduras, St. Croix USVI, Canada,
Mexico, South America, as well as in every state in the USA.
With 12 years of Law Enforcement, and 43 years of combined Search and Rescue
experience, the information I’m about to pass on to you the reader, are the
methods I’ve found useful in finding missing pets. Since 1986, I’ve
documented over 10,765 search calls requests from around the world for
missing persons and lost pets. I hope this information helps you in your
YOUR PET IS MISSING
Many things can happen to your missing pet. Your pet may;
*Track your scent and find its way back home. As you walk or drive around,
you are leaving scent for your pet to follow. Many times I’ve found that the
missing pet and their pet owner were traveling in circles while searching
for one another.
*Get scared and hide. We often find them hiding in wooded brushy areas,
garages, under decks, inside homes in attics, basements, cabinets,
crawlspaces, or inside RV’s. Search your house and garage, any decks, sheds,
anywhere your pet can hide. I find many pets hiding in the pet owner’s home
or on the neighbor’s property.
*Make friends with a small child or other pet, pet owner and follow them
home, to their work, or to their school. I wish I had a dime for every pet
owner who informed me their pet would, ”never ever approach a stranger”. You
know your pet under ideal conditions. But, when they are hungry, thirsty,
tired, and scared, they often will go to a place of comfort for warmth,
food, and shelter.
*Pick up a scent they are interested in, such as the scent of food or the
opposite sex, and investigate it. Yes, even if they are neutered or spayed.
Often headed into the wind to investigate their new discoveries. All animals
head into the wind. They smell food, water, shelter, danger from the air
currents and thus they travel into the wind. So if your pet is missing, find
out which way the winds were coming from the day your pet disappeared. Then
search in that direction.
*Fall victim to injury, illness, or death. A predator may attack them. In
the city there are many predators. Hawks, eagles, osprey, coyotes, raccoons,
opossum’s, among just a few of the predators that I’ve found that have
killed dogs and cats in the city limits. We also have hoarders. People with
well intentions and may have mental health issues taking possession of
numerous pets. Outside the city limits you also have bobcat, cougar,
badgers, bear, and other predators. Your pet may get hit by a car, shot or
trapped by a landowner, or fall into the wrong person’s hands who may try to
keep them, harm them, or sell them.
SEARCHING FOR YOUR PET.
(Please print this section out and read it daily).
Remember you are very emotional at this time and will experience many
emotions associated with your loss. The four stages of loss are anger,
denial, guilt, and final acceptance. Understanding that these are natural
common emotions, will help you deal with your feelings and take control of
*Keep a daily journal of what has happened in your search efforts, from day
# 1. Where you posted signs, who you called, and what animal control
agencies did you visit, when did you visit them, and whom you talked with
once you arrived. Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why.
This is important in case we determine your pet has been stolen and catch
the suspect(s). Not only can you prosecute them for “Theft of a domesticated
Pet” which is a Class C Felony. You can also file CIVIL charges against them
in civil court to recover the cost of your search. The first thing the judge
will ask you for is proof of your expenses. So document your actions and
keep your receipts.
Documenting is also a great idea because if for some reason your pet is
never found, and you’ve followed each of our steps, you will know you’ve
done everything humanly possible to get your loved one back home.
After you read each paragraph, please place your initials on the line at the
end of the list, after you’ve completed the task. That way you will proceed
in the proper order and won’t miss any instructions.
Remember to: Search your own home area first. Checking any areas of possible
hiding spots. We find 15% of the missing pets still on the pet owner’s
property, or within ¼ mile of the PLS. Point Last Seen. In garages,
doghouses, attics, crawl spaces below the house, apt, sheds, RV’s, behind
the washer, dryer, water heater, stove, cabinets, closets, behind dresser
drawers, etc. ____.
Cat owners remember to lift the hood of your vehicle and search under the
hood. Cat’s love to warmth of the vehicle engine at night. Also check the
nearby trees to see if you cat is stuck in one of them. De-clawed cats can
climb. If you have a fireplace, check the chimney.
1. Immediately start a journal, either hand written, or on your computer.
Document your search efforts. Date, Time, what action you took, how much you
spent. Results of your actions. Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How.
2. Document your expenses: Cost of newspaper ads, photocopying, telephone
calls, time off work, fuel, cost of search dogs, veterinarians, attorney
fees, etc. Reason: If you determine that your pet has been stolen and if the
suspect(s) is – are later identified, you can then file for damages in a
civil court to recover your expenses. I’m repeating myself but this is so
very important. Document your actions and expenses from the beginning of
your search. On my computer, I use Microsoft word for the daily journals and
Excel for the cost accounting figures.___.
3. Check all animal control agencies within a four county region.
North, South, East, and West of where your pet was last seen. So many times
while I’m consulting with clients of lost pets, I’ve been told, “My pet
never travels that far”. You must remember that if a person finds and takes
possession of your pet, they may live out of the area and take it to their
local animal shelter.
Note: I had a case in Florida where the pet was dropped off one month after
it disappeared 700 Miles away at another shelter. The pet owner got her dog
back because she had her dog micro chipped and had registered her dog as
stolen after we traveled to Florida, did our search and determined that was
what had happened to it.
File a missing pet report. Or, if it’s been determined by a qualified search
dog team that your pet has been stolen, file a stolen pet report with the
local Humane Society Law Enforcement Division and your local law enforcement
agency as well as your local animal control shelters. (Most police
departments don’t understand that pets are considered PERSONAL PROPERTY
under the law. So if someone has taken your pet, it’s a CRIME. Force the
police to do their jobs by taking a report and assigning a case #. If they
refuse, then file a complaint with internal affairs for that particular
agency until such time as the report is taken and the case # is assigned.
Don’t just search within your county. We’ve found over the years, that many
folks are well meaning, but also lazy. They may see your pet, feel sorry for
it, and pick it up to keep it safe. Then turn it in to their local animal
control instead of the animal control or shelter nearest where they picked
it up. This is often in an entirely different jurisdiction.
They may work or be visiting from out of the area when they pick up your
A letter we received from one of our many clients”. Another reason why you
should go in person to a shelter. This is shocking. “Thank you very much for
all the info. It helped greatly. We found our dog at the Leir shelter. Her
leg was broken and mangled, and they had her just laying in a cage dealing
with it. I checked the shelter three times a day since she was missing. I
was there 4 times since the "check in" time on her sheet there. I even gave
them all flyers and pictures with them promising to "keep an eye out." Only
after stumbling into a room I probably wasn't supposed to be in, did I find
Blue. I rushed her to our Vet, and she is OK and will most likely recover if
the bone heals properly. Thank you again, Brad”.
I can’t begin to tell you how many pets I’ve found in shelters after I’ve
been told “they weren’t there”. Check the Dead on arrival, sick and injured,
quarantine, and adoption files.
If the shelter refuses to allow you to check these areas, get an attorney
and force them to show you their records. Most are 501-C3 non-profit
organizations whose records are PUBLIC RECORDS open for inspection.
Pets are now considered personal property and it’s illegal for another
person to take possession of your property (your pet) without following
strict Federal, State, and County guidelines. If the person(s) who has
recovered your pet hasn’t filed a found report with the authorities within
the specified time limit, (usually 48 hours) they may be guilty of theft of
4. A. Check in person, the animal control agencies files. NEVER EVER TAKE
THE VOLUNTEERS or EMPLOYEES WORD THAT YOUR PET IS NOT AT THEIR FACILITY.
Here in Oregon we have the Oregon Humane Society who tells everyone, “We
only accept pet owner releases”. Yet they don’t require any proof that the
person dropping off the cat or dog really owns the pet. I’ve found 3 pets in
one week in their facility. Go in person to your local shelters, humane
societies and never take their word for it that they don’t have your pet.
5. Most facilities are understaffed and over crowded. I’ve seen a facility
miss a GREAT DANE. I found it in their shelter the first day I went there.
This after they told my client, ”they didn’t have a Great Dane in their
Physically drive to the shelters and animal control agencies and check their
kennels. Fax or email all veterinarian offices within your search area. Give
them a current photo and your personal information. While at the shelters,
check their dead on arrival files-(DOA’s), sick and injured files,
quarantine kennels, adoption and destroy files. Also the temporary adoption
files. (This is a record where a person who has found a pet can call in and
register by email or telephone that they are taking care of the pet). _____.
Most of these facilities are run as a non-profit and therefore their records
are open for public inspection. If the shelter refuses to allow you to
review their files, get an attorney. Keep checking their files, in person,
not over the telephone, every three days. Don’t give up for 10 weeks._____.
B. Check your ads on the Internet. Craigslist ( www.craiglist.com ) in two
sections. Lost and Found and under PETS. PETS FOR SALE. You can also post on
MYSPACE and Facebook, as well as various other locations on the Internet FOR
If you need a professional K9 SAR Dog team to track your lost pet, please
contact International K-9 Search & Rescue. www.k9sardog.com.
We’re the most documented professional K-9 SAR Dog tracking team in the
world for missing pets or persons. We keep on ongoing computer registered
report on lost and found pets around the world. Even though we’re not a
member of the Better Business Bureau (because they charge a fee to be a
member, we have an A+ rating with them).
Remember to check all of your local animal hospitals, feed stores, vet
clinics, animal rescue groups within a 200-mile area.
Also post signs at your local feed stores, pet stores such as Petco and
Petsmart. Check their lost and found boards. If your pet is a pure bred,
check the pure bred rescue groups in your area.
6. Place an ad in the local newspapers.
7. Check your ads in the newspaper. Check the lost and found section, pets
for sale, and pets being given away for free. These are located in three
different sections of the newspapers. Follow up on each ad that possibly
refers to your pet. Never go to a house or location alone to check out a pet
sighting. Think ahead and BE SAFE. ___.
8. Don’t give up for 10 weeks. After that period of time, you will need to
put closure on your search efforts. Get counseling if needed. You and your
family have suffered a terrible loss of a family member. I recommend that
you sit down away from distractions and write your pet a goodbye letter.
Bring a box of Kleenex. Tell them what it meant to have them in your life.
How it feels to have them gone. What you did to find them. Then when it’s
time, let them go. We’ve had successful recoveries a year after our initial
search. But honestly those are very rare cases. ___.
9. If the animal is found alive, get it to a vet clinic immediately. Have it
check for Giardia, parasite infections, and dehydration. If it’s not
micro-chipped, get it chipped right away. ISO, Avid, Home Again, and the
other microchip companies offer a great service.____.
10. NOTE. Many people who have had their pets micro-chipped fail to contact
the Microchip Company. Please as soon as you chip your animal, call the
microchip company and register your contact information with them
immediately. Also give the company a back up contact # of a family member or
friend in case you are unable to be contacted during an emergency. If your
pet comes up missing, call the microchip company right away and register
your pet on the company’s “Hot list” or lost list. Make sure they have your
current contact information. In the Portland area, we get approximately
3,500 pets back each year through microchips.
11. If the animal is found dead, contact your local animal shelter or a
private pet service for removal, burial, or cremation of the pet’s remains.
The person who finds your pet may do the following:
They may call the newspapers and place an ad to advise people that they have
found the animal.
Check the lost and found ads for people trying to report their animal
File online with local Craigslist, petfinders.com, Face book, or other pet
rescue resources, that they’ve found your pet. Report finding your pet at
the local animal shelters, veterinarian clinics, or pet stores.
Some folks will sell your pet or give it away to another person, medical
research facility, or to a friend.
NOTE: Numerous hospitals and medical research facilities buy animals (dogs
and cats) off the street. They claim they don’t, but we have proved this has
happened before. They will not let us tour their facilities for your pet.
This includes local hospitals like OHSU, and Good Samaritan. Never support
these facilities. Performing medical experiments and testing on animals is
cruel and wrong.
Especially around the holidays, the person, who has found your pet, may be
lonely and may keep the pet and take good care of it. They may take your pet
to a public place such as a park, school, or shopping mall, and let it go,
hoping someone else will pick it up and take care of it, or that it will
find its way back home. Some cultures will eat your pet. This is highly
unusual here in the USA, but it does happen in less then 1% of the cases.
PREDATORS. There are many types of predators that may attack and kill or
injure your pet. Humans trying to capture your pet to collect the rewards,
or sell it for the fir industry or for bating for fighting dogs such as Pit
bulls, etc. They may sell it to a medical facility for experiments. Over the
last 28 years, I’ve found that this happens in less than 1% of the cases
Other animals such as other dogs, birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, owls.
coyotes, raccoons, possums, cougars, or bears may also attack and kill your
pet for food. Predators killing your pet occur in 35% of our cases that we
investigate. If you live in the wilderness, country, or rural areas, check
your local animal trails for coyote-bear-wolf, bird of prey, poop and look
for your pet’s hair inside to prove or disprove it’s been consumed by a
Hawks, Eagles, Owls, Possums, Raccoons, Coyotes, Fox, Bears, Cougars, Bob
cats, and some larger snakes can eat small dogs and cats.
Don’t blame the predator. You’re the one who allowed Fifi or Fido to run
loose in the predator’s home.
Every year from March through July, we find a huge increase of missing small
dogs and cats that have become food for coyotes and raccoons feeding and
protecting their young. Be aware of the dangers of allowing your pet to run
WHEN YOU’VE FOUND YOUR PET. Your pet may suffer from psychogenic shock and
it may be traumatized. Your pet might not even recognize you as their owner,
once you’ve spotted one another. NEVER RUN UP TO YOUR PET.
Your pet may run away, or it may attack you to defend itself. The best thing
to do is to STOP and SIT DOWN near the pet, take a deep breath, and calm
down. Calmly call out your pet’s name repeatedly, in a very soft voice,
trying to lure it back to you. If you have another pet at home you can bring
it to the scene to try to calm the just found pet down.
If you have another pet at home that has bonded with the missing pet, take
it with you on your search. Let your other pet greet the one that’s in
shock. Once you’ve recovered your pet, take it to your vet. Immediately.
IF YOUR PET IS FOUND HIDING or has been spotted. Bring some pet food and
something that has your scent on it, like a dirty sock, shirt, or other
piece of clothing that hasn’t been washed. Put some of the pet’s food into
the pieces of your unwashed clothing, and leave it in the immediate area.
You may even leave your scent trail from this area to your home, if it’s
close by. This may bring the pet out of its shock and draw it back to you.
Leave a piece of soiled unwashed clothing, cut up in the size of a quarter,
trailing home. One piece every 50 feet.
READ THIS PLEASE then REREAD IT. I get five pets back a week with this
technique. HUMAN URINE SCENT TRAIL (Pee trail). Another method that works is
to have the person who the pet is bonded with the most at home, urinate into
a spray bottle. Mix the urine with water. This sounds weird, but this
actually has brought home about 10% of our cases. Then the pet owner should
go to the areas of possible sightings and spray a SCENT TRAIL of their urine
back home. One squirt (from the spray bottle) every 10 feet. Use a route
where your pet won’t get hit by a car. If the sighting is to far away from
your home, then take your pee trail to the nearest home and talk with the
home owner. Ask them to call you if / when your pet shows up in the area.
The pet may not come out of hiding. A live box trap and trained animal
capture staff are available to trap the animal without hurting it. Contact
your local animal control agency for assistance. Note: We get about 5 pets
back home safely a week using the pee trail method.
If your Pet is found dead. You may call a Critter Gitter service to
transport it, or animal control to pick up and handle your pet’s remains for
cremation or burial services. See pet loss support group counseling
services. They are free.
THE USE OF SEARCH DOGS. If your pet is lost and you’ve called our K-9 Search
& Rescue team, here’s what to expect. First we’ll send you this lost pet
We will obtain a missing pet description and profile, take a report, and
obtain a scent article belonging to your pet. (Some kind of fur, hair,
blanket, or collar that only the pet has touched or worn, or laid on). We
can then initiate a track of the missing / stolen pet with a trained search
dog team. We are often called days, weeks, or even months later after the
animal has been lost.
In 99% of our cases, our search dog team will track right to where the pet
is currently at, or where it was picked up by some well-meaning person, or
where it was killed by a predator. In 85% of our search cases, the pet has
already been picked up and removed by a well meaning person.
The person who finds your pet, normally will remove the pet from the area by
vehicle. The search dog can determine if the pet was killed and the location
where this happened. If the search dog indicates a LIVE ALERT, this is a
strong indicator that your pet has been picked up by a well-meaning person.
We then will ask you to post signs at this location. The person who picked
up your pet, observes the poster in the area where they picked up your pet,
and often this person will call you to return your pet. Remember a qualified
search dog team can track a scent trail up to a year after the person or pet
has disappeared. Obviously the sooner we’re out searching the better our
odds of finding your loved one alive. Note: If someone is demanding money to
return your pet, this is the crime of extortion. Contact your local police
and follow their advise. You are never required to pay a ransom for the
return of your property.
If your pet was picked up and removed from the area by a human, what do you
do then? Post signs. Whoever picked up your pet most likely will be looking
for a lost poster and will do everything they can to find the pets owners.
Remember to post a sign in English and Spanish.
Make it a LARGE Sign like this one in the photo.
SCENT. All trained, tested, and qualified real search dogs, as in any other
kind of tracking animal, will pick up the freshest scent of the animal, and
track it instinctively. As a human or animal walks along, they shed
approximately 10,000 pieces of scent per minute.
This scent falls to the ground and stays there until the wind and air
currents moves 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 dog’s nasal passages moist to help the dog retain
the scent and it will liven the scent. I’ve successfully tracked a missing
dog route on the day it rained over 2 inches of rain in Portland, Ore.
What hurts scent? Heavy vehicle and human traffic contaminates the scent.
Heavy rains of 2 inches per day may wash the scent down but we can still
perform a track.
Heat dries out the scent and the search dog’s nasal scent receptors, making
it harder for the search dog to track.
Snow. Search dogs can still track scent in the snow. When we work avalanche
searches often the victim is covered by 5 to 20 feet of snow and the dogs
will still locate them. If this happens we can still do the search but
instead may choose to do what’s called an area search or air scent search
instead of a trail or track. If the victim we are searching for is in the
area, the search dog will alert and show us where he / she is at. Now if the
snow has frozen and it’s snowed several feet on top of the scent and frozen
again, then we will have to do an area search instead of a 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 dog’s job much more difficult. 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, therefore
throwing off a search dog. 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 dog’s track at night? Yes, of course we can. In fact we prefer
it. Air molecules stay lower to the ground at night, and there are fewer
scents to contend with in the evening and early morning. 95% of our live
finds of missing persons are when we’ve been called in at night and our
search dogs caught up to the persons while they were sleeping or at least
staying in one place.
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 pets
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 help this from happening, is to call our K-9 Search
and Rescue team out immediately before you do any looking, so as not to
contaminate the track.
With our experience in tracking, we can quickly determine if we’re on a
false or a true track / trail. If you’ve been out looking for your pet,
we’ll deal with the false scent trail issue. We run into this daily. It can
be an issue at times.
What if the search dog tracks my pet to one specific location, and we get
reports of sightings in a completely different area? It is not unusual at
all 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
may let the pet go 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. The pet may just break free from the person and try to find its
own way back home. I’ve had this happen in approximately 5% of our search
cases. For whatever reason the person(s) who take possession of your pet
dump it elsewhere.
REMEMBER, The search dog doesn’t know how to lie. So, if the search dog team
tracks your pet to one specific area and indicates your pet has been removed
from this area, and, a few days later you get reports your pet is seen in an
entirely different area, don’t be upset at the search dog or it’s handler.
Be upset at the person who removed your pet and then let it go somewhere
else. This unfortunately happens in approximately 5% of our cases.
How do we know the search dog’s track was accurate? There is never 100%
guarantee that we’ll find your loved one. We’ll give it our best efforts.
Again I’ll repeat myself. 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
During our track I will try to purposely make the search dog go a different
way (the other direction of the actual scent trail). I’ll do this in front
of my clients so they can watch the search dogs tracking. If the search dog
is on a valid scent trail track, the search dog will follow the original
direction of its track. The client will get to see that no matter which way
I point my search dog, he/she will get back on the valid scent trail and
A search dog is trained to follow the freshest track or scent trail of the
scent given to them by their dog handler. A mutual trust exists between the
dog handler and the search dog. We use the dogs’ nose and tracking, air
scenting, and trailing capabilities along with our man and animal tracking
and clue capabilities to confirm why our search dog is leading us to a
During our search we look for clues such as foot-prints, fecal matter, hair,
blood and other signs to prove or disprove the track. This is call
confirming a valid track.
The search dog team (one dog, one dog handler) must go through hundreds of
hours of training, testing and actual work cases to maintain their status in
K-9 SAR. That’s why it’s important to use a real search dog team and not
someone who claims to have a search dog like a pet detective or M.A.R.S.
Ask for references from people they’ve already provided service for.
Our references are posted on our web site for all to see. Be careful of
teams who we call “Posers”. These are people (dog handler’s) who “BRAG” on
TV or to the newspaper about ,”how good they are and what they can do”. Yet
when it comes to actual searching, their results are very disappointing.
We’ve seen teams like this in Texas and in Ca.
What is your success rate in finding lost / missing / stolen pets with
search dogs or finding out what happened to them? 99%. We physically find
10% during the initial search. The remaining 89% of the pets that are either
found because of the track. Or it’s determined what really happened to them.
They are found because the search dog led the pet owners to a specific
house, housing area, street, intersection, or park area where the animal was
picked up or is hiding. The pet owners then are instructed to post signs at
this location. Spread their urine pee trail.
The pet picks up on the owners scent and follows it back home or where they
lead the pee trail to. Or, the person(s) who picked up your pet, see the
signs, and then call you or get nervous and let your pet go. _____.
Why are some pets never found? They may have fallen victim to a predator.
Two or four legged. People may take possession of your pet to sell your pet
for drugs, dog fighting, medical experiments, food, or its fur. This is rare
but it does occur. Four legged predators such as bears, cougars, bobcats,
larger dogs, opossums, raccoons, and some birds of prey have been known to
carry off smaller pets and transport their remains to their den. If that has
happened we’ll be able to tell you with a 99% accuracy rate where this
Why don’t you track the pet to the predator’s den? It is not our position to
interfere with nature. We don’t wish to harm or annoy the predators. Nor do
we want our search dogs to be injured by the predator trying to protect its
home and its babies. When people build their homes in or around wilderness,
rivers, creeks, green spaces, they are unknowingly taking away the predators
homes. And, by doing so, they are providing food for the predator should the
PETS AND STRANGERS. I get told on almost every search, “My pet will never go
to a stranger”. This is not a true statement at all. When the pet owner is
talking about their pet, they’re talking about the pet they know in a
controlled environment. The pet is in a stable home, has food and human
contact, etc. Once an animal gets away from this environment, they have to
survive on their own. They revert back to what’s known as a feral stage.
Your pet will hunt to kill and eat food and they will drink from water in
mud puddles, creeks, and streams. They may steal food and water from other
animals’ dishes in their surroundings. And when they are hungry, tired, and
scared enough, they will seek out humans for comfort and safety.
Posters: When you print a poster, here is a suggestion that works very well.
Leave some kind of information about your pet out of your description that
only you will know about. That way you can determine if the caller has your
pet or not. Post your signs within a 1-mile radius for a cat concentrating
on the area 4 city blocks from your point last seen. Post signs in a 6-mile
radius for a lost dog.
NOTE: 99% of the missing pets will travel into the wind.
Find out which way the wind was blowing on the day your pet disappeared.
Most pets including horses head into the wind when lost or out hunting for
food, water, play friends. Post signs at stores, schools, offices, parks,
etc. I recommend that you post your signs after a search dog team has
determined the route your animal has traveled. This will save you money and
time. Remember you will have to remove the signs when you get your pet back.
I actually recommend that you make two different types of posters up.
The general public sign. Put a REWARD notice at the top of the sign. Don’t
say how much the reward is. Then post a photo of your pet underneath the
notice. Post your area code and telephone. That’s it, nothing else.
Let the reporting person id your pet to you with more specifics to prove
they have your pet. (Read our scam section).
Say something to the effect of “$ REWARD $ for safe return of missing pet,
no questions asked”.
Make a second poster up with all the detailed information about your lost
pet. Post the Pets name, microchip #, tattoo type, location, collar make,
type, id type. Weight, height, length, eye color, hair color, medical
identifiers, etc. This detailed information is sent to your area vets,
police departments, Postal employees, animal control agencies, and search
NOTE: If you have a large Hispanic speaking culture in your area, don’t
forget to make up signs in Spanish as well.
MAKE YOUR SIGNS BIG AND READABLE. Nothing is more frustrating than for me to
be driving to or from a search and see a small piece of paper with a photo
of a pet and small writing on it. It’s often rain soaked and unreadable.
Often I’m not going to pull over, get out of my vehicle in the rain to look
at the poster. The poster needs to be something I can see from my car while
Make some “A” framed signs 3’ x 2’ in bright lime green background with a
huge photo of your pet on it. Laminate it so the rain doesn’t affect it.
Then post at the nearby major intersections. (Kind of like the real estate
signs to you see).
STOLEN PETS: If it’s determined that your pet has been stolen, you will need
to file a stolen pet report with your local law enforcement agency, and the
Department of Agriculture Humane Society Law Enforcement. Keep their case #
and a copy of their report on file.
If a search dog team responds, after their search, you will be sent a report
showing their findings, and an invoice for their search costs. Keep a copy
Lately we’ve seen a lot of police officers who don’t wish to be bothered
with doing their job and taking a report. Remind them please, that pets are
considered personal property. If someone takes possession of your property
without your consent, they are required by law to report finding your pet
If the person who takes possession of your pet refuses or fails to file a
found report, this constitutes, “Theft of personal property”. This is a
crime. By state law, “A police officer has the responsibility to take a
crime report and investigate the crime”.
If / when we capture the suspect(s) and recover your animal(s), you will
need to provide photographs, (proof of ownership), and a value of the
animal. (Cost of vet services, meals, breeding, purchase, general care,
etc.) You may also be called to testify against the suspect(s). This is why
we want you to document your every action in your search for your pet. Many
pets are stolen and sold for breeding, resale values, rewards offered, dog
fighting, or sold to medical labs for medical experiments.
MEDICAL LABS / Hospitals: Contact your local hospitals that purchase animals
for medical experiments, and demand to view their animals in their clinics.
(They will refuse). But, if enough people demand to see if their pet has
been purchased by the hospital, the hospitals may change their attitudes.
There’s been a recent increase in pets stolen for their SKINS and FUR.
Let’s stop them now. Example: “Rapper Jay-Z, founder of the Rocawear
clothing line, is taken to task by the Humane Society after it found that
the “faux fur” in jackets sold by his company is actually dog fur”.
Remember, once you’ve located your pet. Contact I.K.9.S.A.R.S. Immediately.
Call all local animal control agencies and advise them to remove your pet’s
name from their listings. _____. Remove all of your posters.____. Review all
of your written materials and lessons learned from this event. ____. Take
precautionary measures so that it won’t happen again. Tattoo / Microchip and
ID your pet. ___. Pass on our web site to others who are searching for their
Animal Hording. We’ve seen a huge increase in animal pet hording cases. This
is where a person who often suffers from mental illness collects numerous
dogs, cats, other pets. When the police or animal control is called to the
scene of a hording incident, quite often the animals have been well taken
care of. Most if not all have current id from the original owners on their
harnesses or collars. The last pet hording incident that was investigated,
this person was found to be in possession of over 125 pets.
Type in SVMA in a Google search. (State Veterinarian Medical Association for
your state). Oregon it’s OSVMA, Washington it’s WSVMA) etc, then send fliers
to the local vets in your area.
Before your pet is lost, ID your pet. Just like you do your children. (You
better have anyway).
1. Talk with your veterinarian. Determine and document the following:
Identify the breed(s) of your pet. _________________. Pet’s weight: _____.
Age: ________. Height: __________. Hair: Short Medium Long. (Circle One).
Tail length: Short Medium Long. (Circle One) Eye Color: _________.
2. Microchip Brand: ________#____________________________. Other ID:
Comb out the pet’s hair and place it inside a clean envelope. Place the
animal’s name on the outside of the envelope and date it. It will be good
for up to two years as a scent article for a search dog, if your pet becomes
Take numerous color photographs from all different angles of your pet.
Microchip and Tattoo your pet. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian
about these services.
NEVER leave a collar or choke chain on an animal. Many animals are found
choked to death by choke chains and regular id collars. Use either a harness
with the id attached on back, or a breakaway ID collar.
Never smoke cigarettes around your pet. Not only will it make them very ill
from the nicotine poisoning, but it alters their original scent, and can
make it very difficult for a search dog to track them.
The first word in Webster’s dictionary about the drug NICOTINE is “POISON”.
Quit smoking, you’ll live longer.
Always check references of resources that you wish to use in the search for
your lost pet. We have THOUSANDS of satisfied customers, and references are
available upon request. (Some of our references are actually posted on our
Face book and web site).
8. Always seat belt or crate your pet when you travel. See our web site for
photos and instructions on how to do this. Review our web site at:
www.k9sardog.com for more SAR and private pet detective references. (Note)
we look for missing people also.
Example # 1. Very limited information on this poster to avoid scams. REWARD
for MISSING DOG. (Photo of your missing pet).
Please call : 503-222-2222.
Example # 2. Very detailed information on this poster. This is given to law
enforcement, animal control, vets, shelters, etc.
REWARD FOR MISSING DOG. Name: “LARS”. Breed: MUTT. Long hair chi. mix. Age:
4 years Weight: 5 lbs. Colors: Tan and white. Microchip: AVID 000-000-000.
Tattoo: “I.K.9.S.A.R. RULES”. Owners: Mrs. Thompson Email:email@example.com
If the pet has been stolen, post a poster that states, “Reward for safe
return of stolen pet” No questions asked. Give them your telephone#.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. is a professional K-9 SAR Dog team that uses professionally
trained K-9 Search dog teams to track missing persons or pets.
We’ve been in business since 1986 and currently are the most documented
successful search dog team in the world for tracking missing persons or
The most often asked questions.
Q. Can a search dog track a lost pet after two weeks? A. Yes we sure can.
We’ve successfully tracked a lost cat one year after the date it was lost
and found it alive one mile away in a horse barn at the Portland Horse
Racing Track. We also have the cat owner’s name and telephone number if you
wish to verify this statement. We also have documented tracking a missing 16
year old in Canada. We tracked him a year after he disappeared and both
search dogs found where he had committed suicide.
Q. It’s rained a lot recently, does this affect the scent? A. No not at all.
Rain actually helps keep the scent moist and helps the dog’s
nasal passages keep moist so they can smell the scent trail.
Q. I have Multiple pets, I don’t have anything specific that belongs just to
the missing pet?
A. We’ll introduce the search dog to all of your pets from a distance. One
at a time. When the search dog smells each pet and then can smell the one
they can’t see, they know that’s the one they need to go search for.
Q. What does an average search costs?
A. Depends on how far you live away from Longview, Wa.
We charge $25.00 per hour travel time each way from Longview,
Washington. I also charge for the cost of fuel, meals, and motel if we have
to spend the Night. The actual search cost is $200.00 for the first hour
then $50.00 dollars per fifteen minutes of searching after the first hour.
Example of a typical search in Portland, Ore.
Driving time $25.00 per hour x 2 hours (round trip) = $50.00
Cost of fuel $35.00
Search time 200.00 for the first hour. Then $50.00 per fifteen minutes.
Search lasted 1 hr. = $200.00
Total owed I.K.9.S.A.R.S. is $285.00.
PAYMENT: We DO NOT TAKE CHECKS.
We do accept Credit Cards and US Cash. If you are within the four hour
driving area. If you are more then four hours away from Longview, Wa. then
you will be given instructions on how to wire the deposit to our account.
This protects you as the customer and our SAR company.
TRAVEL. Please don’t call and say, “I live on the East coast, do you travel
here to search? My response is ,”We’re called International K9 Search and
Rescue for a reason”. This means we travel the world. So the answer would be
“yes we travel to the east coast to do searches”. Often I get called asking
me for the phone numbers of other SAR Dog teams that do pet searches.
Don’t waste your phone call. I won’t give any other team phone numbers out.
We are the only professional K9 Search and Rescue team in the USA that looks
for both missing persons and lost pets. There are pet detectives but we
never ever recommend the use of those companies as often their search dogs
aren’t trained and tested.
Note: We do not respond to Canada anymore. After 28 years of doing so, they
won’t allow American search dog teams in Canada to work as Canada has their
own search dog teams. They say we’re taking “Jobs away from the Canadian
Citizens”. I will do consulting work for clients in Canada.
We also don’t travel to Mexico do to the Drug Cartel’s kidnapping and
Mr. Harry Oakes is an expert in the field of search and rescue. With 43
years of experience, he has been brought in by the FBI, City Police
Departments, Sheriff’s Office, National Parks, Embassy officials, other
government agencies and private families to help solve missing persons
Since 1986 Mr. Oakes documented over 10,765 calls around the world. Mr.
Oakes has a documented 99% success rate of either finding the victim(s), or
determining what really happened to them.
Runaways, suicides, homicides, accidental deaths, kidnappings, natural
disasters, man made disasters such as bombings, transportation accidents,
persons who are lost, missing, presumed dead. Missing children. These are
the types of cases Mr. Oakes handle’s every week.
Being an expert in his field, many attorneys as well as law enforcement
agencies turn to Mr. Oakes for consulting advice. So do other SAR units.
Mr. Oakes helped developed the N.A.S.A.R. and F.E.M.A. K-9 SAR Standards as
well as International SAR Standards.
Media often calls on Mr. Oakes to discuss current events, cases. Mr. Oakes
has been featured in People Magazine, This week Magazine, CNN, ABC, CBS,
NBC, Nancy Grace, as well as cases discussed on Oprah and other shows.
If you need his assistance contact Mr. Harry Oakes at firstname.lastname@example.org Or
through his office at 360-414-8093 or mobile 503-705-0258.
Order his book on "Search and Rescue" Harry discusses all aspects of Search
and Rescue. Training the person for SAR, training a dog for SAR, the
politics of SAR, case by case reviews, photos of his work around the world.
He talks about missing children cases as well as many other cases he's been
There is a large section of his book dedicated to finding missing pets as
NOTE: If this Lost and Found Pet info. Helped you find your pet, please let
us know. Also if you want to help us support our web site which cost $400.00
per year, feel free to send us a gift at www.k9sardog.com at our Paypal
International K9 Search and Rescue Services.
See the following pages, for some of our hundred’s of references.
Kathryn Bratcher wrote: Hello. My name is Kathryn Bratcher and I live in
Snohomish, Washington. I was referred to you by Janos Wimpffen of Redmond in
an effort to help me recover my lost dog. He told me of your search dog,
Valerie. My dog, Te’ Amo, has been missing since the evening of April 30th
and has been spotted (possibly) twice within 2-3 miles of our home in the
last two days. As you can imagine, our family is devastated. Please contact
me with information regarding your services and whether or not you and
Valerie would be able to help us recover our beloved pet. You may respond to
this e-mail. Thank you.
Kathryn Bratcher wrote: Harry: Thank you for your quick response! I’ve also
heard your voicemail this morning and want to thank you for the tip to keep
him in the area. He has been sighted several times within a mile of home (at
least five now) and I found out last night that three people saw him AT OUR
HOUSE two days ago. That indicates to me that the little rascal is not
“lost” but maybe just on an adventure. Nonetheless, I want him home. It
doesn’t seem right to call out a team if he’s wandering the neighborhood on
his own, though. (He is neutered so I can’t imagine what the attraction
is...maybe just freedom from the fence). Do you have any suggestions how I
can maybe use socks or other personal items to lure him home?
From: “Harry E. Oakes Jr.” To: Kathryn Bratcher Date: Fri, 04 May 2001
11:32:06 Neutering doesn’t keep the sex drive down for a dog. Does it work
for a human male? NO..... :) So don’t assume because he’s been cut that he’s
lost his sex drive. GO pee allot. Yup that’s right. now don’t get your
britches up in a stir. What I mean is, in all seriousness aside, drink
water, coffee, whatever, makes you have to do the #1.
Then put it in a spray bottle and go around to the sightings and spray till
your little hearts content. Then drive home spraying the “Special scent” of
yours all the way home. This is the strongest scent a dog can track and it’s
much more appealing (The spray bottle that is) then the other options.
Try that. The most important thing to be concerned about is your dog getting
hit by a car. Try to find someone in the area of the sightings that will
call you immediately when they see him. Try this, if it doesn’t work, a live
dog trap (Box type) works. but, you may catch raccoons, tigers, lions, cats,
possums, and coyotes maybe even Bigfoot???? So that’s the last option. If
this stuff doesn’t work, call me and I’ll come up there with my search dog
and track the little fella. Thanks good luck and let me know how it goes.
Tue, 08 May 2001 16:10:44 From:”Kathryn Bratcher” email@example.com To:
search firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Harry: I picked up your message Saturday
afternoon. I must say I didn’t expect the advice you gave...BUT IT WORKED!!!
It took me about nine hours on Saturday to drink enough to make a trail from
the area he was sighted to home (of course I led him down the back roads :)
I finished my “trail” about 10:00 on Saturday evening and when I woke up at
6:30 a.m. he was in the front yard waiting to be let in! I CAN’T THANK YOU
ENOUGH FOR YOUR ADVICE and it really does make a great story! Although he is
home safe, he’s not exactly sound. He suffered severe knee injury on his
little adventure and underwent surgery this afternoon.
He’ll be home from the hospital tomorrow afternoon and our lives will
FINALLY regain some degree of normalcy. Thank you again, Harry! I never
would have thought of such a trick on my own! Te’ Amo thanks you, too!!!
Onalee Owass@earthlink.net 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
04-10-06 2006-3794-084(A). Mult. Co. Lost cat. Anita Parth email@example.com
Tigard, Ore Lost cat MILO. You and Valerie came down, and helped me find my
Persian cat all those years ago, yes the one at the horse track in NE
Portland. We did recover him a few days later. The woman who had him was
hording a lot of cats. Team: H. Oakes SAR Dog Valorie K-9-1.
Vicki L.Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 04-15-06. Harry, Thank you for your
efforts and for you and Valorie giving me hope when I was beginning to fall
apart. Knowing that Tia was alive and that someone had picked her up
encouraged me to continue looking for her. I spent all day Saturday walking
around the neighborhood talking to various neighbors and posting new flyers.
I was at work around 8 pm making additional flyers when I received a phone
call that someone had found my dog and was returning her to me. So they got
our address and Tia was returned to us.
My husband & I took her to vet and she is slightly dehydrated and was
covered with fleas, but she has been treated and is beginning to perk up
like her former self. The vet is Issaquah was very interested to hear about
your search & rescue operation too. Thank you again - you can add Tia Maria
to your success list!! I’ll email you a photo later of her.
06-16-06 email@example.com Harry, Just wanted to say thank you so much
for all your help with finding Rambo. We could not have done it without
you!! You provided us with an enormous amount of information and a generous
supply of support, which we will never, ever forget. Although we never met
in person, I know you would just love Rambo. He is a very mellow Chihuahua,
and the sweetest dog we have ever had. He is very happy to be back home in
California!! Best Regards, Ron, Doreen & Dana Falasca
Jud Landis firstname.lastname@example.org Hello: Thank you very much for your prompt
response, your informative web site, and your phone call. Our dog showed up
at our back door at 6:15 AM today, after we placed a urine trail back to our
house Sunday night (we’d laid it the wrong way first). So, thank you so much
for that piece of advice. I am telling anybody who asks about it, even if
they think I’m strange. Sincerely, Jud Landis Eugene, OR
10-28-07 Lost dog Idaho. Elaine Peoples <email@example.com 10-28-07
Harry, I am very thankful to every one that helped.... I have to mention....
I said a prayer just 10 minutes before I saw Sparky zipping past me as I
came out of that gate on the culvert side to the mobile home park..... I
called him and he stopped and looked at me.... thought about a minute to see
if it was really me....and then came to me.... of course I scooped him up
and thanked GOD for answering my prayers and especially so fast.... NOW I
also have to give credit to YOU for locating the actual spot that I left him
at...and the nice people that called to tell me they saw him..... THEY saw
my newspaper add in the Idaho News.... It started on Saturday...and they
called Sunday 7 AM to tell me ....and I was already on my way to search
again today....Happy ending.... good night......we will all sleep better
tonight....Elaine THANK YOU HARRY, WILLOW and VAL.
Andria Squires <firstname.lastname@example.org Harry, We have her! I got a call last
night from the AKC number on her tags and they gave me contact information
of the family who had her. I called them right away and we went over to get
her. They live in Council Crest. The two little girls said they had seen her
running around the neighborhood for a couple of days, but they finally
caught her last night. The family, by the way, was the Schnitzer family,
like in Arleen Schnitzer concert hall. We tried offering the reward but they
of course would take it so we said we would donate it in there name to the
Oregon Humane Society, since the father is on the board.
We can only guess that whoever picked her up from Quizno’s let her lose in
the area or she escaped from them (good girl!) and was found by the right
family. I was glad that I had read you note about what to do when you find
your dog because I knew what to expect. She didn’t recognize us as first.
She was hesitant to come near me and then when she did she had to touch me
with her nose before she recognized me. She is acting like she is in shock a
bit, but doesn’t have any major injuries. There is a cut under her eye and
she is walking stiff, but after a bath and good nights sleep, she looks
good. I’m waiting for the vet to open so they can check her out. Thanks
again for all your wonderful help!!! Woo Hoo!!! Lucy is home!!! Andria
Sun, 6/13/10, Glorylamb7@aol.com Subject: Re: Lost Dog -Carrolton, GA To:
email@example.com Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 11:50 AM Harry, Just an
update to let you know that my Pom Pom is safe at home after having been
missing for two weeks. Someone picked her up off the street and sold her to
a couple in another state. This couple saw a flyer I had posted at an animal
hospital near the GA/AL state line and called me. We drove to Alabama on
Friday evening and were reunited! There are still some honest people out
there. She had been well taken care of. Thank you, Jesus! Maybe my story can
be an encouragement to others. God bless, Tonya Lawson
07-14-2010. From: Terry Treves <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: lost dog ellie
To: "Harry Oakes" <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 8:50 AM Harry Ellie probably traveled in a
huge circle thru the mini oaks up the creeks and threw the farm land for the
entire 20 days. Bet she covered over 300 miles in those 20 days. I set a
wild trap for 4 days caught nothing. She was lost June 21st sighted June
30th crossing a dirt road near a ranch where I lost her. I set the trap
close to where I lost her and followed your advise with baiting and the
I sprayed my urine on all the paths I traveled and back to the trap. On July
5th I got a text at 4:44 am telling me my dog (lost flyer mailed to over 30
ranches) had been on their ranch running around their little trailer barking
when they came out and saw her she took off. I didn't get the text till 7:30
am immediately began to drive to their ranch over 3 miles away from where I
lost her. While driving down a busy main road (rural) on the way to the
ranch where she had been sighted I spotted Ellie running along the paved
road (bicycle path) I couldn't believe she was right there on the road
almost where I lost her (she had already traveled back 5 miles Catahoula/mix
I stopped my car got and and calmly called Ellie a few times. She stopped
scented the air and stared at me. I kept saying Ellie don't run it is Terry
and then (Catahoula style) she began to whine. She was at least 50 feet away
with a big field behind her and a busy traffic road where I was parked. All
of a sudden she got done on all 4 and so did I she crawled whining on her
belly over to my arms. STILL ALL AMAZING TO ME. She is fine. She had pulled
of her collar with the attached flexi, covered with ticks, skinny as a rail
and half starved but only a couple of minor scratches. She is home relaxing
on my couch and eating like a horse. Ellie and I say thank you for your
advise. I agree don't give up and poster and even mail to people in the area
where lost. She kept coming back to the same spot.Again thank you Terry &
Ellie "Ellen Currey-Wilson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Add sender to Contacts
To: "Harry Oakes" <email@example.com>
08-25-2010. Hi Harry, I wanted you to know I finally got the cat back
yesterday morning at 4 a.m.! It came back earlier in the day but headed
straight under the house. After everything was finally quiet and everyone
was asleep, I crawled under the house and carried the cat out. It wouldn't
come out any other way. Anyway, every day since you left, I had been using
the spray bottle technique (who would have thought!) and so I guess it led
Fluff back. Thank you for your help. Fluff is fine. I'm scratched up and
bruised from being under the house (a yukky place to be and I just had a
tetanus shot) but it's worth it. We're back in Portland and Fluff is so
happy. Just wanted you to know. Thanks again. Ellen
From: Una firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Islay found To: "Harry Oakes"
<email@example.com Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 8:40 AM We found Islay!
A police officer called at 1:30 in the morning and said that a dog fitting
Islay's description was in the historic downtown Caldwell area. He said that
she was skittish and moving around a lot but he would keep an eye on her
until we got there. John and I raced there.
I was on the phone with the officer and he said that she was taking off past
our truck. I jumped out and called her name and she whipped her head around,
did a u-turn and ran towards me with her tail wagging. We were all excited
to see each other! Harry, thank you for your advice through this ordeal. We
really appreciate it! Thank you Una
PET AMBULANCE SERVICE.
PET TRANSPORTS and Pet Ambulance Services. I.K.9.S.A.R.S. has started a new
business on the side. Called Pet Transports. Because the airlines kills over
500 pets per year, more and more folks are turning to professional transport
teams to drive their beloved pets from Point A to point B. Here’s one of the
Airlines horror stories.
LOS ANGELES — Heather Lombardi paid nearly $300 to fly Snickers, an
11-week-old, 3-pound hairless kitten, from Utah to Connecticut in
climate-controlled air cargo.
By the time kitten and owner united, Snickers was icy cold and couldn't move
her head or paws, Lombardi said. The kitten died a short time later. "I feel
so guilty. We sat there for nearly an hour. If I'd known, I would have
thrown a fit," said Lombardi, who was flying Snickers home from a breeder.
"We just sat there. We had no idea she was dying."
The Department of Transportation tracks animal deaths in transit, but no one
keeps tabs on how many die of cold or heat in cargo holds or elsewhere, said
veterinarian Louise Murray, vice president of the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York
Heat deaths are more common, Murray said, but because winter weather has
been extreme this year, Murray is sure death rates have climbed.
Lombardi's $289.94 cargo ticket on Delta Air Lines included $70 to make sure
Snickers was taken off the plane quickly. But Lombardi said it took 50
minutes to get the cat off the plane.
Delta Flight 738 to Hartford arrived at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, when the
National Weather Service said it was 10 degrees.
Delta spokeswoman Susan C. Elliott said she couldn't talk about specifics
because the cat's death was under investigation.
"Regardless of the cause, we understand the impact the loss of an animal can
have on a pet owner. We are turning our attention now to offering our
condolences and discussing how we can provide some kind of restitution to
support her (Lombardi) during this time," Elliott said.
So if you need us to transport your pet, contact us for our fee schedule.
If you need more info. Please go to our web site at www.k9sardog.com or
If you wish to make a gift of money to support our Search and Rescue
efforts, Please go to our Paypal account and send your gift of support.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. PO Box# 1472, Longview, Washington 98632 USA.
This gift is NOT Tax deductible. WE are NOT A NON PROFIT 501-C-3
Organization. We are in fact a FOR PROFIT Professional business. We do
DONATE our own money, time and efforts during times of disasters.
You can also order Harry’s book “Search and Rescue” available on CD only.
$20.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling charges.
Because the photos include dead people, this is for persons of the age 18
and above. The reality of our work can be sad. “Search and Rescue” By Harry
Harry’s book talks about his career in Search and Rescue starting with the
Boy Scouts, then the sheriff’s office, then working in the military, then
for Mountain Rescue, and eventually becoming internationally known for his
work around the world with his K9 partners.
He also talks about his own search dogs Kodi, Ranger, Valorie, Willow, and
Tyler as well as the 6,650 other teams he’s helped trained around the world.
He exposes the ugly truths of politics and egos and how they’ve cost many
innocent people their lives. He also talks about how to train as a search
and rescue person and how to train a search dog. How he finds missing
persons, missing children, runaways.
Then Harry talks about pets, lost and found information, and some of his
9,562 cases around the world that he’s work. Oklahoma City Bombing Disaster,
Northridge earthquake, Philippine Earthquake, Hurricane Mitch in Honduras,
Joplin, MO Tornados, as well as many other disasters.
Respectfully Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr.
SAR Coordinator / Handler / Instructor.
SCAMS- NOTE: I strongly recommend that you stay away from most PET
DETECTIVES. These are Private Investigators who claim to have search dogs,
unless you check a minimum of three of their references.
Most Pet Detectives that we’ve investigated, after receiving numerous
complaints from their previous clients, aren’t trained properly, and lack
experience. They may be great private investigators, but lack the other
skills needed for this type of work. Most of these folks who state they use
search dogs aren’t search dog handlers at all. Nor are their dogs trained
and tested in Search and Rescue.
Before you hire anyone, check his or her references. Get a signed contract
for services showing up front, what they can and can’t do for your money.
Obtain an after “action search report”. If the company refuses to give you
the contract for services, and a search report, DON’T HIRE THEM.
Contact our web site links for reputable Pet Detectives. My recommendation
is to stay away from the M.A.R.S. Pet detectives. We’ve had nothing but
complaints from so many folks who have used them. The problem we are seeing
is that there are new MARS PET DETECTIVE and PET SAR groups popping up all
over the USA and Canada on a monthly basis.
One such example is a woman in California. First their instructor states
she’s qualified to teach K-9 SAR groups. Yet she claims “A search dog can’t
follow a scent trail older then 72 hours”. Any professional K-9 SAR dog team
can tell you that her statement isn’t true. So she’s teaching bad
information about scent.
Numerous search dog teams throughout the USA have repeatedly documented
following scent trails as old as 6 months to a year old and have found the
missing persons dead. We’ve also tracked a cat missing for over a year and
found it alive. This so-called “Animal professional K-9 instructor” doesn’t
have a clue of what she is talking about. Do you want people she’s trained
working for you? She travels around giving Pet Detectives conferences at
$650.00 per student. The students attending these conferences get a
certificate of completion. Then the attendees feel they are now qualified to
charge money for their new found knowledge. After their 50 hours of training
or less, they claim to have real search dogs.
Fact is, they’ve received about 50 hours of training or less. Our
professional K-9 SAR dog teams get an average of 450 hours of training in
K-9 SAR, first aid, basic tracking, report writing, crime scene
investigations and other topics related to finding missing persons or pets.
And, we’re tested yearly for our certification levels. From her own website
she shows that she really doesn’t understand scent and tries to disprove our
DOCUMENTED Facts. Cases where we’ve documented finding the victim where the
scent trail was over 30 days old. We’ve even posted our successes on our web
site for everyone to review.
This is one of many reasons we ask you stay from her and her M.A.R.S.
trained volunteers and staff. Here’s a copy from her web site directly. “In
1989, Missing Pet Partnership's founder K. A. began training search dogs
(police Bloodhounds and cadaver dogs) and ultimately shifted into a career
in law enforcement.
Then in 1997, K shifted her work to pioneering the pet detective industry.
In 2005 after nine years experience as a pet detective, field training
officer, and certified seminar leader, K launched the MAR Technician
program, which has since certified other pet detectives who offer
professional lost pet services. Our History page explains the process we've
gone through to develop this industry and our Qualifications page lists the
experience and education that allows us to administer a proper training and
certification program for pet detectives and MAR search dogs.
Missing Pet Partnership is striving to train and certify MAR Technicians,
volunteer Lost Pet First Responders, and MAR search dogs so that lost pet
services will be affordable and available in all communities. Because of
problems that we've encountered with a few bad apples, we've established a
Code of Ethics for our organization.
Just because a lost pet resource is not listed on our website does not mean
that he or she is not reputable or can't help you! It might just mean that
he or she has not been able to take our training course. But understand that
Missing Pet Partnership will not list a resource on our website unless we
know that he or she has been properly trained, is reputable, and has agreed
to abide by our Code of Ethics. Sadly, a few in this field have been making
claims that their dogs can follow scent trails that are long beyond what
dogs are actually capable of following. You can learn more about how long
scent survives by reading an excerpt from MPP founder Kat Albrecht's book
DOG DETECTIVES: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets.
There are also others working hard to discredit anyone else who dares to
compete with them, even those who have more experience in finding lost pets
and, ironically, those who trained them. Some speak of their own ethics and
desire for standards, yet they refuse to abide by Missing Pet Partnership's
Code of Ethics”. So with Ks statements from her web site she’s trying to
cast doubt on other teams other then her own yet she starts out with the
This speaks for itself. Again our work following scent trails older then
four weeks has been proven round the world. It’s been documented, witnessed
on cases we’ve worked on with the FBI and other government and state
agencies. Yet K say’s “it’s not possible? Whose credibility is really on the
line here? Not ours that’s for sure. If the District attorney vouches for
our success in the courtroom then who is K to try to call everyone a
“liar?”, Shame on her.
In her next statement makes comments that “we don’t abide by MARS code of
ethics? We’re not a pet detective agency, nor do we want to be. We’re a
documented, credible professional K9 Search and Rescue agency that looks for
missing persons and lost pets. We come highly recommended by the Better
Business Bureau as well as thousands of satisfied clients. Our references
are posted on our web site www.k9sardog.com
Our documentation has been checked and double checked by law enforcement and
the Dept of Justice and validated. Now more info. From Harry Oakes. “If the
District Attorney’s office has accepted my documentation and success records
as fact in evidence for me to testify as an expert witness on Murder and
Kidnapping cases, then who is this pet detective to think she’s more
credible then a District Attorney?.” Fact in evidence. We’ve successfully
tracked scent trails up to 6 months old and older.
One concern that we've had from the inception of our training program is
that anyone can take a dog, put a SEARCH DOG vest on him or her, claim he or
she is trained to track lost people or pets, and scam money from desperate
pet owners. Here's an article where a man who lost his Mini Pin hired a
"self-proclaimed dog tracker" for $12,000.00. Sadly, his final impression of
the tracker was that, "she milked me for all I had." It’s her own MARS Pet
detectives that have received a number of complaints. Here are some of them.
Real search dogs Vs M.A.R.S. Pet detective search dog cases.
Example#1. We received a call from a client who has hired a woman from
Oklahoma City, who claims she has two search dogs. She had responded and
performed her Pet PI search for the clients lost cat. The MARS PET DETECTIVE
charged the client approximately $900.00 to do her search. According to the
client, this Pet PI didn’t file a report, or issue a receipt for monies
paid, and told the client that, ”she found her cat’s remains in the snow”.
(It turned out to be rabbit hair).
We flew out there with a qualified search dog team and determined the
client’s cat was picked up near a play-ground and is very much alive. This
for ½ the fee the PI had charged.
Example#2. We received another complaint in Wyoming. They had flown a MARS
Pet search dog PI person from San Diego, Ca. out and wasn’t happy at all
with the dog handler’s performance. Again, no after action report was
issued, or receipt issued for the service. They had paid this searcher over
$3000.00 for her search.
We were able to help the client, just through telephone calls, get their dog
located and returned home safely for free. We also assisted the client in
filing a complaint against the Pet PI search dog person from San Diego, Ca.
with the Better Business Bureau and get their money refunded.
PLEASE check references and the search dog handler’s training and
certification (We call is qualification standards), before you hire a PET PI
or search dog team.
Example# 3. A client in Southern Ca. tried to get a MARS “Pet Detective
Search Dog team from S. Ca. to respond to his lost cat search. She charged
him $80.00 dollars just to give the client the same information that we give
to our client for free over the phone. She quoted in an outrages price to
travel 100 miles to do the search for his lost cat. The client flew us down
there to his area, we did the search, and found a coyote had killed his cat
for 1/3 of the price this PET PI quoted the client.
Example# 4. This client out of LA, Ca. hired a MARS PET DETECTIVE out of
Montana. She paid her over $2,500 to come track her lost cat. The Pet
detective refused to give her a written report, and her story about where
her client’s cat went was proved to be wrong. After wasting three months of
the client’s time, efforts, and money. We came down and for ½ the cost
determined the clients own family member stole her cat. We have a valid
suspect in the case.
Example# 5. This client of Idaho, wanted to hire a MARS Pet Detective who
said, it would cost a minimum of $150.00 for her to come out and look. We
did the consult for free and that afternoon our client got her dog back safe
and alive for FREE.
Example# 6. A client in Ca. hired a MARS PET DETECTIVE who brought in two
dog teams. They refused to allow the client to go along with them and
claimed their search dogs tracked his dog to an area where it was picked up.
They (the pet detectives) breached their own contract by not allowing their
client to come along and witness the search that he was paying for.
Example# 7. A client in Canada hired a MARS Pet Detective from Arizona. She
brought them up twice at great expense to search for her lost cat. The Pet
Detective and her search dog, never found anything. We were asked to come up
to BC Canada and do the search. We did it for 1/8th of the amount of money
the Pet Det. Charged and after she had failed twice, it took our search dog
5 minutes to locate where the clients cat had been killed right behind the
clients house in
Example# 8. The same Pet Det. We received numerous complaints on from
Oklahoma had charged a woman client from NY $180.00 to profile her missing
pet. (This is something we do for all of our clients for free.
The client was furious when she found out the Pet Det. Was completely off
base, and that we were able to do the same thing over the telephone for
FREE. On her website she claims she is the most experienced at what she
does. Yet she hasn’t even come close to documenting the successes we have.
So how can she get away with making such false claims?
Example# 9. I recently got a telephone call from a client in Las Vegas, Nv.
She had two dogs missing in the desert. She contacted a MARS Pet Detective
who quoted her $4000.00 to respond and do a search with her UNTRAINED
UNCERTIFIED SAR Dog. This client ended up hiring I.K.9.S.A.R.S. our
services. We helped her bring closure to both of the dog cases for less then
Example# 10. This just came in last week and the client called me
complaining about this pet detective. “Our dog Rudy went missing on Tuesday,
May 11th, 2010. After almost 4 very devastating, difficult and stressful
weeks, he was found. I never had lost a pet in my life, and never realized
how much I loved this guy. Everyday that he was gone I missed him so much,
cried often and was so worried, sad and unhappy. I even hired a pet
detective despite the cost in the desperation to find him. (I don't
recommend anyone doing this without FULLY checking out the detective's
background, references, and having a signed contract beforehand). This
person claimed that our dog was traveling towards San Jose however Rudy was
found in Morgan Hill about 1/2 mile away from our home.
My husband is still upset of the amount of money and time we wasted on this
service, but in the end at least I realized that this person was not
reliable and turned my focus back to more probable places. Night after
night, I searched by car and foot further and further from home, thinking to
myself that I would never find him. Then there were the skeptics who thought
someone had found him and were keeping him because he's cute and he's a
puppy. But something in me never gave up hope. This was the most difficult
battle sometimes, holding onto hope.
Sometimes it would've been easier to just admit the loss and accept that I
would never see him again. Hope that if someone had him they would love him
as much as I did and be taking care of him. Yet, I just couldn't let go of
the thought that he was gone, and I fought to stay positive and tell myself,
even if it takes a year I know he will come back to me. The last hope I had
was his micro-chip and I thought someday that is what will bring him home,
if it's not my fliers, my rewards or my searching. Finally the day came,
Sunday, June 6th, we got a call and someone found him. He was so skinny and
dirty that I didn't even recognize him!
But when I said his name he got up (the frailty and weakness was so obvious)
he walked to me and I knelt down and he started to lick me. I grabbed him
right away and in tears I asked what happened to you?
I hugged our angel who found him for us and thanked him immensely. Right
away we took Rudy to the vet because he clearly needed professional care and
at least an exam. The vet told us that it was the second case that she had
seen that weekend of a lost pet found. She said that the day before a woman
came in with a cat that had been missing for 7 MONTHS! The cat was found in
someone's backyard, like Rudy, was very weak and starved. 7 MONTHS!
”I just wanted to share with you all who are here searching for a pet my
experience so you know that miracles do happen, hope is important, and even
though it is hard don't give up! I hope my story helps you, maybe give you
some strength and bring some hope in this very difficult and sad time. Below
is a picture of Rudy. I especially want to thank Mr. Harry Oakes from Search
and Rescue whom I called repeatedly throughout this horrible ordeal. He
offered words of encouragement, tips for finding him. THANK YOU! “.
The person I hired was with the SocialPet.com, she charged me $65/hr with a
minimum of 4 hour search. After doing research her price is actually
reasonable compared to others, but I don't believe her success rate
If you are considering pet detective services I can give you my experience
in more detail and suggest I.K.9.S.A.R.S. They have you sign a contract,
they are credible with 29 years experience. He also provides a written
report when he’s completed his search. The company I hired SocialPet.com
refused to give me one.” Julie M.
11). From: Kathy G Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:39 AM “I hired a MARS Pet
Detective, I used one the day after Baxter disappeared and her service were
worthless, she charged me $350.00. What a waste of time and money. I wish I
would have listened to you”. We have numerous other complaints ref: these
M.A.R.’s pet detectives groups and how they do their searches and how they
charge for their services. While we support anyone who is out there trying
to make a difference regarding lost pets, we don’t support taking advantage
of someone during their time of need.
Police officers, doctors, attorneys, nurses, paramedics, fireman, all
provide a professional service for people during their time of need. We also
provide the same level of expertise in our field.
1). We send our clients a contract that spells out in great detail what we
can’t do, what we charge, and the contract protects the client and our
2). Our clients are asked to come along with us to witness our search
ask questions to better understand the process.
3). We issue a receipt for all money collected.
4). We issue a report that can be turned over to the court system and or law
5). We charge for only what service we provide. The pet detectives ask for a
large deposit that is NOT REFUNDABLE up front. That’s just not right.
If you want a search dog team, then contact our office and we’ll send a
trained, tested, professional K-9 SAR Dog team to your location.
Another scam to watch for. This article from the internet.
You'd have to sink pretty low to take advantage of the distraught owner of a
lost pet, right? For a month, a retired airline pilot has searched high and
low for Georges, a large tabby he's owned since he rescued it from a pet
shelter in Florida in 1998. Georges took off after Polverino brought home a
new kitten, Tigger. Since then, Polverino has been running ads in this
newspaper and distributing and posting about 800 fliers in Southwest Roanoke
County. During his search, Polverino has run into friendly and sympathetic
people he otherwise might not have. Some of that came when he was posting or
handing out fliers. Strangers saw his ad in the newspaper and called to
commiserate and offer support.
"I've met some nice people," Polverino said. And then there was one caller
who was looking for money. Polverino doesn't know the man's name. He
identified himself as being with "Pet Finders Alert." The man told the
worried cat owner that Pet Finders Alert could help find Georges using
computers and telephones. "They said, 'We'll work with you every step of the
way. We'll help you find your cat,' " Polverino said. For $59.95, Pet
Finders Alert would call all of Polverino's neighbors and let them know
about his missing cat.
They would call in an ever-widening circle around Polverino's place, until
everyone who lived within a mile or two had been notified or the cat turned
up. They would give Polverino progress reports, he says the guy told him.
And they would notify local animal shelters, too. At the time the call came,
"I'm real depressed, I'm at a weak point," Polverino said. So he coughed up
his credit card number.
And that was the last time Pet Finders Alert called Polverino. While
Polverino has handed out fliers in the Poages Mill area for the missing
Georges, he's asked people if they've heard from Pet Finders Alert about
Georges. The responses were along the lines of, "Pet who?" and, "Huh?"
As for the animal shelters, "they didn't contact one," Polverino said. "I've
called all of them. I've visited them. And I've asked." Pet Finders Alert
has contacted other owners of lost pets around here, however. One of them is
Beverly Russell, who lives in the Carvins Cove area. She's been running an
ad seeking Itty Bit, a Yorkie pup who disappeared in mid-May.
"We don't have your pet but we may be able to assist," began a message Pet
Finders Alert left on Russell's voicemail. She hasn't returned their calls.
Polverino suspects a scam and it sounds to me like he's on to something.
Thursday and again Monday I called Pet Finders Alert at the phone numbers
Polverino and Russell gave me.
Those are listed to an address in Las Vegas. Nobody responded to messages
left Thursday and Monday. The company's Web site, petfindersalert.com, has
been suspended. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada gives the
company an F rating.
"They're doing business illegally, without a state license," the BBB's
Rhonda Fisk told me. The agency has four complaints on file since September,
and Pet Finders Alert has responded to none of them, she added.
Polverino is now disputing the charge with his credit card company. His
crusade to find Georges also has expanded. He's going after Pet Finders
Alert, too. He's scouring bulletin boards on legitimate Web sites, such as
PetFinder.com, and collecting many warnings about Pet Finders Alert. And
he's contacting law enforcement authorities in Nevada, encouraging them to
go after the company. Let's wish him luck, and cheer him on.”
Be aware of other scams. One of the most common scams is where someone calls
you and gets a description of your pet. They may have seen your ads in the
newspaper or on a poster in the area. They will then give this information
to a partner. The partner calls you and says,” he has your pet”. He or she
will give you an accurate description of your pet and describing where he /
she found it. He / she will tell you a story, such as, “I’m now out of state
traveling (or working). I was in your area and found your pet. If you wire
me some money, I will send your pet home immediately”. It’s a scam. DON’T
FALL FOR THIS.
If he / she is telling you the truth, then he / she will have no problem
taking the pet to the nearest animal shelter, or police department, and
verifying through an official agency that they do in fact have your pet.
Then you can work out the procedures of rewards and recovery of your pet.
Never give anyone any money for your pet until you actually see your pet
Another scam. Person will call you and tell you that he / she is retired, or
a truck driver, and picked up a hitchhiker who had your pet. Your pet was
sick / injured and the person calling you took your pet to the local vet.
The caller will then say something like, “If you send me the money that I
paid for your pet at the vet’s office, I’ll send you your pet on the next
Ask the caller for their telephone#, name, and address. Send the police
there to verify their statements. If they are telling you the truth (99.9%)
of the time they are not, then work out the details of reward and returning
the animal after the police or animal control has verified it is in fact
Watch out for unsavory businesspersons. There are a lot of new pet finder
services out on the market. Get references.
NOTE: There is a web site called PETFINDERS.COM This service allows you to
file a report for FREE listing your lost or found pet. We strongly recommend
Be wary of pet detectives who charge you fees to go look for your pet. You
can do the same job for free. There are a few CREDIBLE PET DETECTIVES.
Contact us for our list of referrals.
One comment listed on Craigslist re: Pet finders. “Got a call today from
“Petfinders” after listing our lost cat with the Oregonian. They offered to
call everybody within a mile radius of our house to give them a description
of our lost cat. Looked them up online and it appears to be a total scam”.
Beware if they call you.
FLYING YOUR PET(S).
Before you fly with your pet on a commercial airline, follow these
suggestions to make your pet’s trip much easier and safer.
1. Microchip your pet. In the Portland, Oregon area, about 3,500 dogs and
cats are returned home each year because the pet is micro-chipped. After
your pet is micro-chipped, register your pet’s information with the
microchip company online or by mail. Include its breed, sex, age, date of
birth, current home address and your next of kin along with your
2. Make sure the kennel is large enough for your pet to stand up, turn
around, and lie down in. A few months before you fly, put your pet’s kennel
inside their sleeping area with the door open and his bedding inside. This
helps the pet become accustomed to the kennel.
3. Place the following inside a clean paper envelope and then inside a
plastic zip lock bag: pet's medical records, rabies certificate, vet contact
information, microchip info, a combed out sample of its fur, and color
photos of your pet from different angles.
4. Write PET ID on the envelope and tape it to the outside of the kennel. If
your pet becomes sick or escapes, the airline staff and search and rescue
crews like myself now have a scent article, photographs, and a great
description of your pet with which to start our search efforts.
5. Before your pet travels, consider giving him Acepromazine (animal
tranquilizer that should not be used on animals with seizures) that is
available from your vet. Put some of your pet's favorite toys and belongings
inside the kennel: chew toys and bedding. Make sure the toys are ones that
the pet can’t choke on.
6. Include a soiled piece of clothing that has your scent on it in the
kennel. Something you’ve worn all day, but haven't washed. Having your scent
inside the kennel will help calm your pet. For airline personnel to retrieve
an escaped pet
Do this immediately when a pet escapes from an airline transport kennel.
1. Call our professional K9 SAR tracking team. Office: 360-414-8093. Mobile:
503-705-0258 Web: www.k9sardog.com
2. Notify management that a pet has been lost from its kennel.
3. Notify airport security, TSA, airport ground operations services, airport
management teams, and airport police and fire departments, as well as other
4. Ask the airlines legal department to contact the pet owners as well as
the pet’s vet, microchip company, and local animal control to register the
pet as missing.
5. Poster the area in English and Spanish.
Rain has no negative effect on scent. It actually helps to keep the scent
fresh. Rain and moisture livens scent and keeps it moist so the search dogs
can detect it. It also keeps the search dogs nose scent receptor cells moist
to they can absorb more scent.
Searching for the Pet
1. If a pet escapes his kennel, use the client's clothing (sock, shirt) that
has been sent with the pet.
2. Wear rubber gloves to handle the item, cut up the clothing. Soak some of
the items in a spray bottle filled with water. Go to the area where the pet
has been spotted and spray the area.
3. Take the remaining pieces of cut clothing (scent) and leave them in the
area where the pet has been hiding or seen. Their owners scent items may
keep the pet in the area.
4. Check all area hiding spots: under baggage units, radar towers, inside
warehouses and near sources of fresh water.
5. Search into the wind. All pets that wander or hunt, head into the wind.
6. Post signs in English and Spanish around the perimeter of the airport:
“Reward for safe return no questions asked”. Don’t state the reward amount.
7. Send someone to the animal control shelter in person every other day to
visually check for the pet.
Don’t ever accept that the animal shelter or humane society doesn't have the
pet without checking. Most shelters are staffed with volunteers and many of
the volunteers don’t know exactly which animals are at the shelter.
8. Keep a journal of your search efforts and costs while avoiding fraud from
callers and pet detectives.
9. If you spot the missing pet, don’t approach it. The animal is in survival
mode and is likely in psychogenic shock. The pet usually won’t even go to
its owner at this point. Bring in a professional animal capture specialist
from animal control.
10. Never give or send anyone money until you physically see the pet and
confirm through scanning of the microchip that it is the same pet.
For more information on how to find a lost pet, go to
Once my search dog and I tracked a frightened dog who had escaped from a vet
clinic until we located it in a dense wooded area. I then let my search dog
off lead to go play with the dog, which calmed the dog. While the dogs
played, I called the dog’s owner on my cell phone and had him call to his
dog on my cellular speaker phone. This enabled us to recapture the dog.
Our search dog teams have a 99% success rate of either finding the missing
person or lost pet or determining what really happened to them. We’ve
successfully tracked and found both missing persons and lost pets after they
have been missing a year with working search dogs. Of course the sooner we
respond and start our track with a trained search dog the better our efforts
will be in locating the pet.
We are not pet detectives nor do we want anything to do with them. We are
search and rescue K9 teams that use our search dogs to track missing persons
Recent case. Example. -- From: Julie Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org To:
sardogk91 <email@example.com> Sent: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 11:22 am Hi, Harry. I
wanted to share the good news with you that the lost have been found. I am
sure, just as I was when I saw it with my own eyes, that Willow and Tyler
were right on. Grizz ended up in the Washington County Animal Shelter on
Thursday night. I picked him up first thing Friday morning, a little
skinnier and very nervous but no worse for the wear. A lot of the story of
his odyssey is unknown, but I am sure I have the name and phone number of
who stole him, and "Portland's finest" are discouraging me from filing a
If you have a minute, I'll tell you what I know. A good Samaritan who I only
know as "aiko L" had sent a couple of e-mails with links to dogs that might
be Grizz, various places such as Craigs list ads, shelter ads, etc. Thursday
night (March 21st) after work, I checked my e-mail, and she had sent me a
link to the Washington County animal shelter web site, and there he was. He
had been brought in sometime that day. I also saw there was an e-mail from a
woman at the shelter telling me "it's a long shot, but it might be your lost
dog." Before going to pick him up Friday morning, I checked my e-mail, and "aiko
L" had e-mailed me that "aiko L" had sent the same info to another "lost
boston terrier" ad which had appeared on Craigslist the evening of the 21st.
This is her ad: I lost my boston terrier (beaverton/aloha) my boston terrier
got out of the yard this morning and I cant seem to find him. he has a
collar but no tags and an under bite. If you come across him pleas call Anna
at * Location: beaverton/aloha * it's NOT ok to contact this poster with
services or other commercial interests Posting ID: 3696257459 Posted:
2013-03-21, 6:30PM PDT Notice, the ad mentions an under bite. Very few
Boston’s have an under bite. Apparently, "aiko L" talked to the ad-poster, a
woman, on the phone. Ad-poster said she knew that was her dog after looking
at the picture taken in the animal shelter, yet her dog only had a collar on
with no tags, she had no pictures of him, and she had no records from a vet,
etc. "Aiko L" told her she could get her vet to fax records to her. "Aiko L"
told me ad-poster was very vague, said she was a student, said she had just
moved here from Washington state and all her stuff was in storage. I found
out when I got Grizz back that she had never filed a Lost Pet Report with
Washington County (where she lives) and never went to the shelter to prove
she was his owner. She only called them and they explained what she needed
to I.D. the pet. She also knew someone else (me) was claiming him as her
lost pet. Interestingly enough, the ad-poster cancelled her ad; it didn't
show up on CL the next day. BTW, Grizz had his collar on (I brought the
matching leash to pick him up), but of course, all his tags were gone. Sorry
this is so long, but it's a long story! Anyway, what it comes down to is I
do know her full name, and I have her telephone number. I filed a police
report on line last Tuesday reporting Grizz as a theft, but they said they
have to come out and talk to you in person if it was theft of an animal. I
had them come out yesterday, and he did his best (and finally did)
discourage me from filing a report! He was throwing out all the
"possibilities" of the ad-poster's innocence, such ludicrous things as Grizz
got on a bus with a transient, who took his tags off, who then lost Grizz,
and ad-poster found him; or ad-poster could say she tried to call me and
didn't reach me (which I could prove wasn't true). I said that common sense
dictates otherwise, and after twenty minutes or so of him reading all of my
documentation (and I'm very good at documentation), and arguing, I finally
just told him to forget it and went inside the house. If you have any advice
for me, I could use it.
I've tried and tried on the internet to find out where this person lives,
with no success. Apparently, she is not very computer savvy. I saw at one
site a possible relative of hers with the same last name, and he lives on SW
196th just across Farmington where Grizz was picked up, at SW 194th. Do you
know of any way I can get an address for her with her phone #? All my money
is gone until payday on 4-1. Why would the cops discourage me so much, or
was it just this one young cop's opinion? This woman has caused not just me
but everyone who knows Grizz immeasurable pain. I'd at least like to try and
get my expenses reimbursed. Oh, well, the important thing is I got my dog
back. Thank you again so much for your help. I had to just let you know he's
safe and sound. BTW, if you ever need any typing or transcription done, I'd
be more than happy to volunteer my services free of charge for your
organization. I've wanted to help animals, especially dogs, all my life, and
that is something I am excellent at! Respectfully, Julie Bennett.
(Pee trails work) From: Opal Koenig To: Harry Oakes firstname.lastname@example.org Sent:
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 9:37 am Subject: Re: search for Egret 04-06-2014. Thank you
for all your help, we did the scent trail from that apartment complex back
to our house last night and when we woke up Egret was mewing on the porch to
be let in. He's a little lighter but appears to be no worse for wear. Opal
Note: Vet Clinics and Dog Kennels that lose pets. We average two calls a
month from Vet clinics and animal kennels that lose pets. If your vet or
kennel lost your pet, have them bring us out immediately. Their insurance
carrier should cover the cost of the search.
Dog missing from a vehicle accident. 2014-9111-173(A). 04-15-2014 Lost dog
Vetters Hospital called informed us thatMarion & Terry Lewis Raymond, Wa.
98577had lost their poor little dog Lucy from a car accident. snow flake
collar w/ id. Fabric collar. female blonde cocker 4 years 7mo. MVA Hwy 6
Green creek 1400hrs. Team; H. Oakes SAR Dog Willow K-9-1. SAR Dog Tyler
K-9-1A. Results: Sent contract. 1000hrs. Arrived 1310hrs. Maynards tow yard
inspected vehicle. 1410hrs. Drove to PLS did search. Located dog alive 1
mile NW stuck scared wet and cold in brush. 1610hrs.
2014-9121-183(A). 04-22-2014 Tillamook Co. Ore. RP: Erin Koenig & Carol
Portland, Ore.97229. “Lincken” 10 mo vezula 46 lbs. red nylon collar. Black
reflective leash 8’. ID and chipped. DLS yesterday 2130hrs. Hwy 6 MP 28 Elk
Creek trail. Situation: Hker Carol became lost and was rescued by local sar
teams. During the rescue, her daughter’s dog Lincken disappeared in a very
rugged steep mountain terrain. SAR Dog Team; H. Oakes SAR Dog Willow K-9-1.
SAR Dog Tyler K-9-1A. responded to search for the missing dog. Missing now
for 12 hours. Results: Sent info. 0800hrs. Arrived 1000hrs. Found dog alive
over embankment five miles up trail. Had to rappel to rescue the cold scared
From: Tony Waibel To: sardogk91 email@example.com Sent: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
5:15 pm Subject: Thank You My name is Tony Waibel, Carol and Erin are my
sister and niece. I wanted to thank you for your effort in finding Linken.
I'm not sure how much you know, but Erin's first dog rupert, another Vsula
passed away after a long bout of illnesses, these two people provide care
for Rupert that would rival any dog owner in caring for a touble animal, I
was truly amazed at the
time and money they put forth in trying to keep Rupert alive and a quality
of life, when I heard from Carol that she was ok, my concern shifted for
Linken, both for his safe return, but also that these two fine people would
suffer severe mental distress if Linken was lost forever. So I Thank You
again for the service you provide and wish that in the future that your
searches turn out like this one. God Bless you and your dogs Willow and
From: Anna Gerts firstname.lastname@example.org To: Harry Oakes <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:20 pm Subject: We found our cat! Hi Harry, We
found our cat! Thank you so much for putting all that information on your
website! Our cat got stuck at our next door neighbor's basement...they
always have 2 dogs running at the backyard and he was afraid to come out of
the house... We did check the winds on the date that he left...and it was
exactly our situation...I'm assuming that he was about to leave into the
wind direction but got chased into the basement by the dogs... Thank you so
much, Best regards, Anna
From: Zoe Elinor Bond firstname.lastname@example.org To: Harry Oakes <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 2:46 pm Subject: Re: Missing Cat in Portland
Hi Harry, Thank you again for helping us determine what happened to Zef.
Believe it or not, we were reunited yesterday!!! He was found 9 miles away
in SE Portland around 72nd and Woodstock. His collar was on but his tags had
Your services provided me the sense of relief I needed. Knowing that he was
alive and unharmed when he was taken helped me have faith that he would
I will absolutely recommend your services to my friends and loved ones.
People Hiking in the Wildness with their dogs. I’m going to use some strong
language here so be prepared. For the last 43 years I’ve taken my dog(s) out
into the Wilderness and Mountains to xc ski, snow shoe, hike, and mountain
climb with me. I know the risks involved. I make sure I carry my ten
essentials for myself. My dog carries his own pack with a dog blanket, dog
boots, food, first aid kit, My dog is always ON LEAD. Lead hooked to his/her
harness. Especially around cliffs, crevasses, fast moving rivers, etc.
People PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES and keep your dog(s) on lead.
Don’t hook the dog lead to a collar or choke chain. These shouldn’t be on
your dog’s neck in the first place. Put a harness on your dog and hook a 15’
leash onto your dog. This way if a deer, elk, squirrel runs out in front of
your dog you have control of it. Or as this just recently happened to me,
I’m out hiking with my dog and came across some fricken idiot who didn’t
have his dog on leash. His dog attacked my dog and got introduced to a size
# 11 boot in his ribs and bear spray. The next step was my 357 revolver but
luckily the karate kick and bear spray worked. If your dog injures another
dog or person you are legally responsible.
This year alone I’ve had to go search for 12 dogs that were lost in the
mountains on a trail. One I found alive over a cliff. Two others tangled up
in heavy thick brush. Two others made their way back to the trail head and
were picked up by strangers. Two others were killed by cougars.
Three drowned. Two others fell to their deaths.
If you love your dog, leash them please. Thank you.
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