Iíve been featured in People Magazine. TV shows such as
AM/NW, Rescue 911, Animal Planet, and numerous news stories
about our disaster work around the world. Iíve also won
numerous local community, state and National awards for my
work in SAR around the world.
Letís get started. YOUR
PET IS MISSING
Check off sheet.
Keep a journal. Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why.
Small posters to Sheriffís office, city police, Park Police,
State Police. Animal Control. Local area vets. Offices, US
Mail delivery persons. Dept of Transportation (they pick up
Large 3íx 3í ďAĒ Framed sandwich boards. Major local
intersections in your area. Always Search Into the Wind.
Search home and property first. Neighborsí property second.
Basements, garages, crawl spaces, attics, inside vehicles,
under seats, under hood of cars (Small dogs, cats). 75% of
the cats and small dogs I find in the client's home or
neighbors garage, or on their property.
Check shelters IN PERSON. Check Dead on arrival, Destroy,
Quarantine, Adoption Files.
If thereís a sighting set up a home away from home in the
area. Leave a urine trail home or to nearest home who will
Watch out for scams.
If you need to, bring out a credible search dog team.
If your pet is chipped call the chip company right away and
register your pet missing.
Many things can happen to your missing pet. Your pet may;
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 Iíve found that the missing pet
and their pet owner(s) were traveling in circles while
searching for one another. This happens a lot when the pet
owner is driving around with their window(s) open searching
for their pet. They are dropping their own scent and the
pets follow them around.
*Get scared and hide. We often find the pets hiding
in wooded brushy areas, garages, under decks, inside homes
in attics, basements, cabinets, crawlspaces, or inside RVís.
Search your house and garage, any decks, sheds, anywhere
your pet can hide. I
find many pets hiding in the pet ownerís home.
*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, Ēnever ever approach a strangerĒ.
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
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, opossumís, among
just a few of the predators that Iíve found that have killed
dogs and cats in the city limits. 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 personís hands who may
try to keep them, harm them, eat 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 your
*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 ďTheft of a domesticated PetĒ which is a Class C
Felony. You can also file CIVIL
the suspects in civil court to recover the cost of your
search. The first thing the judge may 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 youíve followed each of our
steps, you can review all that youíve done and you
will see that youíve 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 youíve completed the
task. That way you will proceed in the proper order and
wonít miss any instructions.
Remember to: Search
your own home area first. Checking any areas of possible
hiding spots. We find 2% of
the missing dogs and 80% of
missing cats still on the pet ownerís property or on the neighborís
property. In garages, doghouses, attics, crawl spaces
below the house, apt, sheds, RVís, behind the washer, dryer,
water heater, stove, inside the sofa, cabinets, closets,
behind dresser drawers, up trees, pet owners vehicle under
the hood or inside the vehicle under the seats. Inside briar
Cat owners remember to lift the hood of your vehicle and
search under the hood.
Catís love to warmth of the vehicle engine at night. Also
look inside the vehicle under the seats. 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
start a journal, either hand written, or on your
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, Posters, SAR dogs services, etc. Reason: If
you determine that your pet has been stolen and if the
suspect(s) are later identified, you can then file for
damages in a civil court to recover your expenses.
Iím 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
the daily journals and Excel for
the cost accounting figures.___.
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 Iím consulting with clients of
lost pets, Iíve been told, ďMy pet never travels that
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.
Check the shelter in person. Donít
assume that the shelter knows what they are doing. Iíve
found 3 reported missing dogs and one cat in one week at our
local shelter after the shelter staff informed the clients,
pets werenít thereĒ.
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 itís 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
law enforcement agency as
well as your local animal
control shelters. (Most police departments donít
understand that pets are considered PERSONAL
So if someone has taken your pet, itís a CRIME if they fail
to report finding it within 48 hours. Force the police to do
their jobs by taking
a crime 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.
Donít just search within your county.
Weíve 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 clientsĒ. Another
reason why you should go in person to a shelter. This is
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, BradĒ.
I canít begin to tell you how many pets Iíve found in
shelters after Iíve been told ďthey werenít thereĒ. Check
on arrival, sick
and injured, quarantine,
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.
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). _____.
Pets are considered personal
itís 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 hasnít filed a found report with the authorities
within the specified time limit, (usually 48 hours) they may
of theft of private property.____.
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. Most
facilities are understaffed and overcrowded. Iíve 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,
Ēthey didnít have a Great Dane in their custodyĒ.
Physically drive to
the shelters and animal control agencies and check their
or email all veterinarian offices within your search area.
Give them a current photo and your personal information.
Type in OSVMA (Oregon
State Vet Med Association) in a Google search. Or WSVMA (Washington
State Vet Med association.
B. Check your ads on the Internet. Craigslist ( www.craiglist.com )
in two sections. Lost
and Found and
under PETS. You
can also post on MYSPACE,
start a FACEBOOK page, post on Next Door as
well as other various public media forums.._____.
If you need to raise money to help find your pet start a GOFUNDME Account. www.gofundme.com
If you need a professional K9 SAR Dog team to track your
lost pet, please contact International
K-9 Search & Rescue. www.k9sardog.com.
In your travels, look for security cameras at homes, gas
stations, stores, etc. Ask the managers, owners to review
their security camera footage for your pet.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. is 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 weíre not a member
of the Better
Business Bureau (because
they charge a fee to be a member, we have an A+ rating
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.
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 itís time, let them go.
Weíve 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 itís not
micro-chipped, get it chipped right away. ISO, Avid, Home
Again, and the other microchip companies offer a great
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 companyís ďHot listĒ 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. If you donít know which brand your
petís chip is, call your vetís office. They should have it
the animal is found dead,
contact your local animal shelter or a private pet service
for removal, burial, or cremation of the petís 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
and found ads for
people trying to report their animal missing.
Contact the Dept
of Transportation for your state. They
often pick up dead animals / pets along highways.
File online with local Craigslist, petfinders.com,
Face book, Next Door, and other
pet rescue resources, that theyíve found your pet. Report
finding your pet at the local animal shelters, veterinarian
clinics, or pet stores.
Some folks will sell your pet, trade it for drugs, give it
away to another person, sell it to a medical research
facility, or to a friend.
hospitals and medical research facilities buy animals (dogs
and cats) off the street. They claim they donít, 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
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
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 than 1% of
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 fur 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
31 years, Iíve found that this happens in less than 1% of
the cases Iíve investigated.
70% of cats and 10% of dogs are killed by predators.
They are killed by other animals. Dogs, birds of prey
hawks, eagles, owls. coyotes, raccoons, possums, cougars,
deer, or bears may also attack and kill your pet
for food. Predators killing your pet occur in 70% of
our cases that we investigate for cats. 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 petís hair inside to prove or disprove itís 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. Donít blame the predator. Youíre the one who
allowed fifi or fido to run loose in the predatorís 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 and other
predators, feeding and protecting their young. Be aware of
the dangers of allowing your pet to run loose. Often I see
dogs chasing deer on a trail and end up dead or seriously
injured from the deer's mom stomping the dog with it's sharp
holves. (Don't let your dog chase deer or any other
wildlife). When on the trail hiking with your dog keep them
on lead. Clip your dogs harness into a 20' lead and enjoy
the outdoors. (Donít allow your dog to wear a collar. Put
the dogís id on the harness. Dogs often are found choked to
death in heavy brush from collars).
Walk nearby trail systems and inspect coyote and other
predator feces for your petís remains, fur.
Your pet will always travel INTO
THE WIND. This
is how they smell for danger, food, water, other animals. So
when searching for your pet, step outside, turn around in a
complete circle slowly and determine which direction the
wind is coming from (Same time of day that you lost your
pet). Head into the wind.
WHEN YOUíVE FOUND YOUR PET. Your
pet may suffer from psychogenic
it may be traumatized. Your pet might not even recognize you
as their owner, once youíve 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, SIT DOWN near the pet, take a
deep breath, and calm down. Calmly call out your petís name
in a whisper, 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 thatís in shock. Once youíve 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 hasnít
been washed. Put some of the petís 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 itís 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 6 feet.
Set up a home away from home. Buy a tent or make a lean too
shelter and place your scent there, the pets toys, bedding,
and food and water. Place a GAME CAMERA there to determine
when your pet is coming around.
This is also great information on dogs lost on trailheads.
Unless killed by a predator or injured or killed by falling
over a cliff or into a canyon, the dog will normally make
itís way back to the PLS of the owners (Point last seen) and
follow their scent back to the trailhead.
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 the size of a quarter, every
10 feet). Use a route where your pet wonít 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 petís remains for
cremation or burial services. See pet loss support group
counseling services. They are free.
Why do cats runaway?
A cat will leave if youíve just moved. Catís donít like
changes. If the woman of the house is pregnant. Cats hate
competition and will try to find a new owner if they find
their owner is pregnant. (Not all cats but a huge majority
of them). Curiosity. Often I find cats enter a Fed x or UPS
vehicle, construction trailer, landscaping trailer, to
because they smell something interesting. Also if there is
turmoil at home. (Arguing over money, other issues).
Why do dogs runaway? Boredom
is the # 1 reason. Dogs are social animals and often the
owners get too busy in their own lives and forget about
FIDO. So Fido goes out to find attention. Chase deer,
rabbits, other dogs, cats.
THE USE OF SEARCH DOGS. If
your pet is lost and youíve called our K-9 Search & Rescue
team, hereís what to expect. First weíll 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 95% 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
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 weíre 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
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,
itís 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 dogís nasal passages moist to help the dog retain the
scent and it will liven the scent. Iíve 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
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 dogís nasal scent receptors,
making it harder for the search dog to track.
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 whatís 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 itís 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
drug called Nicotine. Nicotine is an anesthetizing agent
that can numb up the search dogs scent receptors by 15% and
make the search dogís 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 petís scent, therefore
throwing off a search dog. Thatís why all of our team
members are non-smokers. Thatís 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. This
is animal Cruelty. If you want to kill yourself then do so,
but please donít harm your pets for your ignorance and
Can search dogís 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 weíve 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 petís scent onto the bottom of the
personís 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, itís 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
With our experience in tracking, we can quickly determine if
weíre on a false or a true track / trail. If youíve been out
looking for your pet, weíll 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. Iíve
had this happen in approximately 5% of
our search cases.
REMEMBER, The search dog doesnít 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, donít be upset at the search dog or
Be upset at the person who removed your pet and then let it
go somewhere else. This unfortunately happens in
approximately 5% of
How do we know the search dogís track was accurate? There
is never 100% guarantee that weíll find your loved one.
Weíll give it our best efforts. Again Iíll repeat myself. A
search dog doesnít know how to lie. Thatís 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). Iíll 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 itís 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 it.
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 dogsí 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 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. Thatís why itís 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. person.
Ask for references from people theyíve already provided
Our references are posted on our web site for all to see. Be
careful of teams who we call ďPosersĒ. These are people (dog
handlerís) who ďBRAGĒ on TV or to the newspaper about ,Ēhow
good they are and what they can doĒ. Yet when it comes to
actual searching, their results are very disappointing.
Weíve seen teams like this in Kansas, Washington, Texas, and
What is your success rate in finding lost / missing / stolen
pets with search dogs or finding out what happened to them? We
physically find 5% during
the initial search. Hiding or laying some whereís injured or
dead. The remaining 84% of
the pets that are found, are found because of the track.
Weíre able to determine what really happened to them. Picked
up and where, or killed and where by what kind of animal.
Etc. Weíll have you post signs where the search dogs
indicated your pet was picked up.
The pets 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. Or the search dogs finds remains of a predator kill. 10%
of the pets are never seen again._____.
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 weíll be able to tell you with a 99% accuracy
rate where this occurred.
Why donít you track the pet to the predatorís den? It
is not our position to interfere with nature. We donít 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, ďMy pet will never go to
a strangerĒ. This
is not a true statement at all. When the pet owner is
talking about their pet, theyíre 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 whatís 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 animalsí dishes in their
surroundings. And when they are hungry, tired, and scared
enough, they will seek out humans for comfort and safety.
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.
SEARCH INTO THE WIND. 99.99 % of the missing pets will
travel into the wind.
Find out which way the wind was blowing on the day your pet
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
public sign. Put a REWARD notice at the top of the sign.
Donít say how much the reward is. Then post a photo of your
pet underneath the notice. Post your area code and
telephone. Thatís it, nothing
else. Let the reporting person id your pet to you with
more specifics to prove they have your pet. (Read our scam
something to the effect of ď$
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,
donít 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. Itís often rain soaked and
unreadable. Often Iím 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 ďAĒ
framed signs 3í x 4í in bright
lime green background with
a huge photo of your pet on it. Laminate
it so the rain doesnít affect it. Then post at the nearby
major intersections. (Kind
of like the real estate signs to you see).
STOLEN PETS: If
itís 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
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 weíve seen a lot of lazy police officers who donít
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 (property).
If the person who takes possession of your pet refuses or
fails to file a found report, this constitutes, ďTheft of
personal propertyĒ. This is a crime. By state law, ďA
police officer has the responsibility to take a crime report
and investigate the crimeĒ.
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.
Thereís been a recent increase in pets stolen for their
SKINS and FUR.
Letís stop them
now. Example: ďRapper Jay-Z, founder
of the Rocawear clothing
line, is taken to task by the Humane Society after it found
that the ďfaux furĒ in jackets sold by his company is
actually dog furĒ.
Remember, once youíve 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 petís 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 wonít happen again. Tattoo
/ Microchip and ID your pet. ___. Pass
on our web site to others who are searching for their pets.
Animal Hording. Weíve
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 itís OSVMA, Washington itís 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
better have anyway).
with your veterinarian. Determine and document the
following: Identify the breed(s) of your pet.
_________________. Petís weight: _____. Age:
________. Height: __________. Hair: Short Medium Long.
(Circle One). Tail length: Short
Medium Long. (Circle
One) Eye Color: _________.
Brand: ________#____________________________. Other ID:
Comb out the petís hair and place it inside a clean
envelope. Place the animalís 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 lost.
Take numerous color photographs from all different angles of
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
Websterís dictionary about the drug NICOTINE
is ďPOISONĒ. Quit
smoking, youíll 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 facebook and
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: ďLARSĒ. Breed: MUTT. Long hair
chi. mix. Age: 4 years Weight:
5 lbs. Colors: Tan and white. Microchip: AVID 000-000-000.
Tattoo: ďI.K.9.S.A.R. RULESĒ. Owners: Mrs. Thompson Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
If the pet has been stolen, post a poster that states,
ďReward for safe return of stolen petĒ 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.
Weíve 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. Weíve
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 ownerís 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. Itís rained a lot recently, does this affect the scent?
A. No not at all.
Rain actually helps keep the scent moist and helps the dogís
passages keep moist so they can smell the scent trail.
have Multiple pets, I donít have anything specific that
belongs just to the missing pet?
Weíll 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 canít see, they know thatís
the one they need to go search for.
Q. What does an average search costs?
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 per fifteen
minutes of searching after that. Most searches last 1 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. 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.
donít call and say, ďI live on the East coast, do you travel
here to search? My response is ,ĒWeíre called International
K9 Search and RescueĒ This means we travel the world. So the
answer would be ďyes we travel to the east coast to do
searchesĒ. Often I get called asking me for the phone #ís of
other SAR Dog teams that do pet searches. Donít waste your
phone call. I wonít give any other team phone #ís 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 arenít trained
and tested. They donít supply their clients with contracts
that protect the client. (We do). They supply after action
reports. (We do).
They donít testify in court on behalf of the client. (We
do not respond to Canada as
they wonít allow American search dog teams in Canada to work
as Canada has their own search dog teams.
We also donít travel to Mexico do to the Drug Cartelís
kidnapping and killing Americans.
Mr. Harry Oakes is an expert in the field of search and
rescue. With 45
experience, he has been brought in by the FBI, City Police
Departments, Sheriffís Office, National Parks, Embassy
officials, other government agencies and private families to
help solve missing persons and lost pet cases.
Since 1986, Mr. Oakes documented over 12,275 SAR call
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 handleís 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 email@example.com 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 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.
Why should you update your microchip info?
From: RJ @gmail.com>
To: Sardogk91 <Sardogk91@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 9:15 pm Subject: Thanks for help, my
dog is found
posted on craigslist today about my lost dog. She got out
the cat door again. I was not home overnight, and my dog
apparently go anxious waiting for me to come home and fought
her way out the door. My craigslist post is what found
her. We did some walking and drive arounds randomly which
would not have worked at all. She was found a few miles
away actually, brought to the dog park and a lady ended up
taking her home and read the craigslist post.
I really appreciate the information you sent. I just can't
imagine actually needing to put it all in play. We did get
a call from the humane society that she was scanned. The HS
gave the lady my info and she left with my dog before the
admissions side of the HS opened up for the day.
Unfortunately, the info that the HS got from the chip keeper
was not updated and had our fax number and not our cell
numbers. I did not know that HS gave the lady this
information, or I would have put a phone on the line. I
called the chip keeper and gave them my contact information
as soon as she was reported missing, but this info did not
go out to the HS because it was not an official update, just
in the notes to the call taker if the chip was scanned.
Several issues led to my dogs run away and subsequent
unnecessary lengthy stay. ..all of which will be
fixed. thanks again for taking the time to create this info
and provide the service you do.
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