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,
and final acceptance.
Understanding that these are natural common
emotions, will help you deal
with your feelings and take control of your search.
*Keep a daily journal of
what has happened in your search efforts, from day
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 ľ 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.
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.
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
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
all animal control agencies within a four county region.
North, South, East, and West of where your pet was last
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 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
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 pet. _______.
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
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
Pets are now considered personal
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.
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
You can also post on MYSPACE as well as various other
locations on the Internet FOR FREE._____.
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
Remember to check all of your local animal hospitals,
feed stores, vet clinics, animal rescue groups within a
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.
an ad in the local newspapers.
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. ___.
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. ___.
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
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
the animal is found dead,
contact your local animal shelter or a private pet
service for removal, burial, or cremation of the pet’s
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 missing.
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.
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
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.
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 then 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 predator.
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
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 loose.
WHEN YOU’VE FOUND YOUR PET. Your
pet may suffer from psychogenic
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
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 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.
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
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 profile information.
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
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
You are never required to pay a ransom for the return of
If your pet was picked up and removed from the
area by a human, what do you do then? Post
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
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,
What hurts scent? Heavy
vehicle and human traffic contaminates
Heavy rains of 2 inches per day may wash the scent down
but we can still perform a track.
out the scent and the search dog’s nasal scent
receptors, making it harder for the search dog to
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
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.
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
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
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 mission documentation.
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
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 follow
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 specific area.
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
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
Ask for references from people they’ve already provided
Our references are posted on our web site for all to
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 pet wander.
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
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
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
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
Let the reporting person id your pet to you with more
specifics to prove they have your pet. (Read our scam
Say something to the effect of “$
REWARD $ for safe return of missing pet, no questions
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 teams.
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 then 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 driving.
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 on file.
Lately we’ve seen a lot of lazy police officers who
don’t wish to be bothered with doing their job and
taking a report. Remind them please, that pets are
If someone takes possession of your property without
your consent, they are required by law to report finding
your pet (property).
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 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. www.k9sardog.com
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).
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: _________.
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
Take numerous color photographs from all different
angles of your pet.
Microchip and Tattoo your
pet. Ask your local animal shelter or veterinarian about
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
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 facebook and web site).
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
5 lbs. Colors: Tan and white. Microchip: AVID
000-000-000. Tattoo: “I.K.9.S.A.R.
RULES”. Owners: Mrs. Thompson Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 missing pets.
The most often asked questions.
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.
rained a lot recently, does this affect the scent?
A. No not at all.
Rain actually helps keep the scent moist and helps the
passages keep moist so they can smell the scent trail.
have Multiple pets, I don’t
have anything specific that belongs just to the missing
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?
on how far you live away from Longview,
charge $25.00 per hour travel time each way from
I also charge for the cost of fuel, meals, and motel if
we have to spend the
The actual search cost is $200.00 for the first hour.
Then 50.00 per fifteen minutes of
searching after that. Most searches last 1 hour
of a typical search in Portland, Ore.
time $25.00 per hour x 2 hours (round trip) = $50.00
of fuel $35.00
Search time $200.00. Search lasted 1 hr. -$200.00
Total owed I.K.9.S.A.R.S. is
PAYMENT: We DO NOT TAKE CHECKS. We do accept Credit
Cards and US Cash.
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” 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#’s of other SAR Dog
teams that do pet searches. Don’t waste your phone call.
I won’t give any other team
phone#’s 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.
do not respond to Canada as
they won’t allow American search dog teams in Canada to
work as Canada has their own search dog teams.
We also don’t travel to Mexico do to the Drug Cartel’s
kidnapping and killing Americans.
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 cases.
Since 1986 Mr. Oakes documented over 10,950 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
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
If you need his assistance contact Mr. Harry Oakes at email@example.com Or
through his office at 360-414-8093 or mobile
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 involved in.
There is a large section of his book dedicated to
finding missing pets as well.
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 site.
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?
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
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
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
Bratcher” firstname.lastname@example.org To:
search email@example.com Dear
picked up your message Saturday afternoon. I
must say I didn’t expect the advice you gave...BUT 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 Jerry
Co. Lost cat. Anita Parth firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Vicki L.Johnson email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Regards, Ron, Doreen & Dana Falasca
Jud Landis email@example.com 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
dog Idaho. Elaine
Peoples <firstname.lastname@example.org 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< email@example.com 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!!!
Sun, 6/13/10, Glorylamb7@aol.com Subject:
Re: Lost Dog -Carrolton, GA To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date:
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 11:50 AM Harry,
Just an update to let you know that my
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
Terry Treves <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: lost dog ellie
To: "Harry Oakes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 urine.
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 are amazing).
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 &
sender to ContactsTo:
"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
(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
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
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 City.
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
Delta spokeswoman Susan C. Elliott said she couldn't
talk about specifics because the cat's death was under
"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,"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to make a gift of money to support our
Search and Rescue efforts,
Please send a check to 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
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’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
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
Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr.
SAR Coordinator / Handler / Instructor.
SCAMS- NOTE: I
strongly recommend that you stay away from most PET
These are Private Investigators who claim to have search
dogs, unless you check a minimum of three of their
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
the company refuses to give you the contract for
services, and a search report, DON’T
Contact our web site links for reputable Pet Detectives.
My recommendation is to stay away from the M.A.R.S. Pet
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
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
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
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 above info. 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
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
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
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 Ĺ the fee
the PI had charged.
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
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.
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.
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 Ĺ the
cost determined the clients own family member stole her
cat. We have a valid suspect in the case.
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
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 the alley.
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
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 $2,500.00 dollars.
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
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
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
”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 compares.
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
pprovides a written report
when he’s completed his search. The
company I hired SocialPet.com refused to give me one.”
1). 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 and can’t
do, what we charge, and the contract protects the client
and our search dog team(s).
2). Our clients are asked to
come along with us to witness our search efforts and 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 enforcement.
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
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
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
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 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,
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.
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 first.
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 airplane”.
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 your
Watch out for unsavory businesspersons. There are a lot
of new pet finder services out on the market. Get
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.
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 veterinarian’s information.
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.
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.
PET ID on the envelope and tape it to the outside of the
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
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.
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
our professional K9 SAR tracking team. Office: 360-414-8093. Mobile: 503-705-0258 Web: www.k9sardog.com
Notify management that a pet has been lost from its
airport security, TSA, airport ground operations
services, airport management teams, and airport police
and fire departments, as well as other ground staff.
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.
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.
for the Pet
a pet escapes his kennel, use the client's clothing
(sock, shirt) that has been sent with the pet.
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.
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.
all area hiding spots: under baggage units, radar
towers, inside warehouses and near sources of fresh
into the wind. All pets that wander or hunt, head into
signs in English and Spanish around the perimeter of the
“Reward for safe return no questions asked”. Don’t state
the reward amount.
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
a journal of your search efforts and costs while
avoiding fraud from callers and pet detectives.
you spot the missing pet, don’t
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.
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 http://www.k9sardog.com/missing.html
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 and pets.
Example. -- From: Julie
Bennett email@example.com To:
sardogk91 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sun, Mar 24, 2013
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 report.
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
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 Posting
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
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
Respectfully, Julie Bennett.
(Pee trails work) From: Opal Koenig To:
Harry Oakes email@example.com Sent:
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 9:37 am Subject: Re: search for Egret
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
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.
Do g missing from a vehicle accident.
Vetters Hospital called informed us
thatMarion & Terry Lewis
Raymond, Wa. 98577 had lost
their poor little dog Lucy from a car accident.
snow flake collar w/ id.
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.
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
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 dog.
From: Tony Waibel To:
sardogk91 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 Tyler!
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Harry Oakes Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator.
Harry Oakes Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator.