1). YOUR PET IS
Many things can
happen to your missing pet. Your pet may;
*Track your scent
and find its way back home.
As you walk or drive around, you are leaving scent for your
pet to follow. Many times I’ve found that the missing pet
and their pet owner were traveling in circles while
searching for one another. 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.
and hide. We often find the pets hiding in wooded brushy
areas, garages, under decks, inside homes in attics,
basements, cabinets, crawlspaces, or inside RV’s. Search
your house and garage, any decks, sheds, anywhere your pet
can hide. I find many pets hiding in the pet owner’s home.
with a small child or other pet,
pet owner and follow them home, to their work, or to their
school. I wish I had a dime for every pet owner who informed
me their pet would, ”never ever approach a stranger”.
You know your pet
under ideal conditions. But, when they are hungry, thirsty,
tired, and scared, they often will go to a place of comfort
for warmth, food, and shelter.
*Pick up a
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.
to injury, illness, or death. A predator may attack
them. In the city there are many predators. Hawks, eagles,
osprey, coyotes, raccoons, opossum’s, among just a few of
the predators that I’ve found that have killed dogs and cats
in the city limits. Outside the city limits you also have
bobcat, cougar, badgers, bear, and other predators. Your pet
may get hit by a car, shot or trapped by a landowner, or
fall into the wrong person’s hands who may try to keep them,
harm them, or sell them.
How to Find
Your Lost Pet.
2). Check off
journal. Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why.
to Sheriff’s office, city police, Park Police, State Police.
Animal Control. Local area vets. Offices, US Mail delivery
persons. Dept of Transportation (they pick up dead animals).
Large 3’x 3’ “A” Framed sandwich boards. Major local
intersections Into the Wind.
and property first. Neighbors’ property second. Basements,
garages, crawl spaces, attics, inside vehicles, under seats,
under hood of cars (Small dogs, cats).
IN PERSON. Check Dead on arrival, Destroy, Quarantine,
If there’s a
sighting set up a home away from home in the area. Leave a
urine trail home or to nearest home who will call you.
Watch out for
If you need
to, bring out a credible search dog team. (www.k9sardog.com)
If your pet is
chipped call the chip company right away and register your
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
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.
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
Remember to: Search
your own home area first. Checking any areas of possible
We find 2% of
the missing dogs and 80% of missing cats still on the
pet owner’s property or on the neighbor’s property.
doghouses, attics, crawl spaces below the house, apt, sheds,
RV’s, 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. ____.
remember to lift the hood of your vehicle and search under
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
Date, Time, what action you took, how much you spent.
Results of your actions. Who, What, When, Why, Where, and
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) is – are later identified, you can then file for
damages in a civil court to recover your expenses. I’m
repeating myself but this is so very important. Document
your actions and expenses from the beginning of your search.
On my computer, I use Microsoft word for the daily journals
and Excel for the cost accounting figures.___.
all animal control agencies within a four county region.
East, and West of where your pet was last seen. So many
consulting with clients of lost pets, I’ve been told, “My
far”. You must remember that if a person finds and takes
your pet, they may live out of the area and take it to their
Check the shelter
Don’t assume that the shelter knows what they are doing.
I’ve found 3 dogs and one cat in one week at our local
shelter after the shelter staff informed the clients their
pets weren’t there.
I had a case in Florida where the pet was dropped off one
month after it disappeared 700 Miles away at another
shelter. The pet owner got her dog back because she had her
dog micro chipped and had registered her dog as stolen after
we traveled to Florida, did our search and determined that
was what had happened to it.
File a missing
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
departments don’t understand that pets are considered PERSONAL
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
you very much for all the info. It helped greatly. We found
our dog at the Leir shelter. Her leg was broken and
mangled, and they had her just laying in a cage dealing with
it. I checked the shelter three times a day since she was
missing. I was there 4 times since the "check in" time on
her sheet there. I even gave them all flyers and pictures
with them promising to "keep an eye out." Only after
stumbling into a room I probably wasn't supposed to be in,
did I find Blue. I rushed her to our Vet, and she is OK and
will most likely recover if the bone heals properly. Thank
you again, Brad”.
I can’t begin to
tell you how many pets I’ve found in shelters after I’ve
been told “they weren’t there”. Check the Dead on arrival,
sick and injured, quarantine, and adoption files. If the
shelter refuses to allow you to check these areas, get an
attorney and force them to show you their records. Most
are 501-C3 non profit organizations whose records are PUBLIC
RECORDS open for inspection.
Pets are now
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 private property.____.
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 overcrowded. 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 custody”.
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
(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
B. Check your ads on the
Internet. Craigslist ( www.craiglist.com )
in two sections. Lost
and Found and
You can also post on MYSPACE, start a FACEBOOK
page, post on Next Door as well as other various public
If you need to
raise money to help find your pet start a GOFUNDME
If you need a
professional K9 SAR Dog team to track your lost pet, please
K-9 Search & Rescue. www.k9sardog.com.
We’re the most
documented professional K-9 SAR Dog tracking team in the
world for missing pets or persons. We keep on ongoing
computer registered report on lost and found pets around the
world. Even though we’re not a member of the Better Business
Bureau (because they charge a fee to be a member, we have an
A+ rating with them).
Remember to check
all of your local animal hospitals, feed stores, vet
clinics, animal rescue groups within a 200-mile area. Also
post signs at your local feed
Place an ad in
the local newspapers.
Check your ads in
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. ___.
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
Post with social media. Facebook, Next door, Craigslist
under lost and found and under pets. Be careful as there are
TROLLs out there who feed on this. Some folks with try to
NEVER EVER SEND
ANYONE ANY MONEY TO HAVE YOUR PET RETURNED TO YOU.
This is extortion. 95% of the time folks demanding
money are scammers. If someone from out of town says they
have your pet, then have them go to a local vet’s office or
animal control shelter and have the employees there validate
this is your pet and who these folks are. ____.
the animal is found alive, get
it to a vet clinic immediately. Have it check for Giardia,
parasite infections, and dehydration. If it’s not
micro-chipped, get it chipped right away. ISO, Avid, Home
Again, and the other microchip companies offer a great
people who have had their pets micro-chipped fail to contact
the Microchip Company. Please as soon as you chip your
animal, call the microchip company and register your contact
information with them immediately. Also give the company a
back up contact # of a family member or friend in case you
are unable to be contacted during an emergency.
If your pet comes
up missing, call the microchip company right away and
register your pet on the company’s “Hot list” or lost list.
Make sure they have your current contact information. In the
Portland area, we get approximately 3,500 pets back each
year through microchips.
If the animal
is found dead,
contact your local animal shelter or a private pet service
for removal, burial, or cremation of the pet’s remains. The
person who finds your pet may do the following: They may
call the newspapers and place an ad to advise people that
they have found the animal. Check the lost
and found ads for
people trying to report their animal missing.
Dept of Transportation. 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 they’ve found your pet. Report finding your pet at the
local animal shelters, veterinarian clinics, or pet
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
medical experiments and testing on animals is cruel and
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
than 3% 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 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, I’ve found that this happens in less than 1% of
the cases I’ve investigated.
50% 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, or bears may also attack and
kill your pet
for food. Predators killing your pet occur in 50% 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 pet’s hair inside to prove or disprove it’s been
consumed by a predator.
Owls, Possums, Raccoons, Coyotes, Fox, Bears, Cougars, Bob
cats, and some larger snakes can eat small dogs and cats.
Don’t blame the predator. You’re the one who allowed fifi or
fido to run loose in the predator’s home.
Every year from
March through July, we find a huge increase of
missing small dogs and cats that have become food for
coyotes and raccoons and other predators, feeding and
protecting their young. Be aware of the dangers of allowing
your pet to run loose.
Walk nearby trail
systems and inspect coyote and other predator feces for your
pet’s remains, fur.
WHEN YOU’VE FOUND
YOUR PET. Your
pet may suffer from psychogenic
shock and it
may be traumatized. Your pet might not even recognize you as
their owner, once you’ve spotted one another. NEVER
RUN UP TO YOUR PET.
Your pet may run
away, or it may attack you to defend itself. The
best thing to do is to STOP, SIT DOWN near the pet, take a
deep breath, and calm down. Calmly call out your pet’s 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 that’s in shock. Once you’ve recovered your pet,
take it to your vet. Immediately.
IF YOUR PET IS
FOUND HIDING or has been spotted. Bring
some pet food and something that has your scent on it, like
a dirty sock, shirt, or other piece of clothing that hasn’t
been washed. Put some of the pet’s food into the pieces of
your unwashed clothing, and leave it in the immediate area.
You may even leave your scent trail from this area to
your home, if it’s close by. This may bring the pet out of
its shock and draw it back to you. Leave a piece of soiled
unwashed clothing, cut up in the size of a quarter, trailing
home. One piece every 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.
READ THIS PLEASE
then REREAD IT. I get five pets back a week with this
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
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
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 90% 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
qualified search dog team can track a scent trail up to a
year after the person or pet has disappeared. Obviously
the sooner we’re out searching the better our odds of
finding your loved one alive.
Note: If someone
is demanding money to return your pet, this is the crime of
extortion. Contact your local police and follow their
advise. You are never required to pay a ransom for the
return of your property.
If your pet was picked up and removed from the area by
a human, what do you do then? Post
signs. Whoever picked up your pet most likely will be
looking for a lost poster and will do everything they can to
find the pets owners. Remember to post a sign in English and
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
helps the scent.
It brings the scent closer to the ground surface, keeps the
search dog’s nasal passages moist to help the dog retain the
scent and it will liven the scent. I’ve successfully tracked
a missing dog route on the day it rained over 2 inches of
rain in Portland, Ore.
What hurts scent? Heavy
vehicle and human traffic contaminates
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 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 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
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.
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.
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
Be upset at the
person who removed your pet and then let it go somewhere
else. This unfortunately happens in approximately 5% of our
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
If the search dog
is on a valid scent trail track, the search dog will follow
the original direction of it’s 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 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
During our search
we look for clues such as foot-prints, fecal matter, hair,
blood and other signs to prove or disprove the track. This
is call confirming a valid track.
The search dog
team (one dog, one dog handler) must go through hundreds of
hours of training, testing and actual work cases to maintain
their status in K-9 SAR. That’s why it’s important to use a
real search dog team and not someone who claims to have a
search dog like a pet detective or M.A.R.S. person.
references from people they’ve already provided service for.
are posted on our web site for all to see. Be
careful of teams who we call “Posers”. These are people (dog
handler’s) who “BRAG” on TV or to the newspaper about ,”how
good they are and what they can do”. Yet when it comes to
actual searching, their results are very disappointing.
We’ve seen teams like this in 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? 99%. We
physically find 5% during the initial search. The
remaining 94% of the pets that are found because of
the track. We’re able to determine what really happened to
them. Picked up and where, or killed and where by what kind
of animal. Etc.
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. Or the
search dogs finds remains of a predator kill. _____.
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 occurred.
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.
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
Your pet will
hunt to kill and eat food and they will drink from water in
mud puddles, creeks, and streams. They may steal food and
water from other animals’ dishes in their surroundings. And
when they are hungry, tired, and scared enough, they will
seek out humans for comfort and safety.
When you print a poster, here is a suggestion that works
very well. Leave some kind of information about your pet out
of your description that only you will know about. That way
you can determine if the caller has your pet or not. Post
your signs within a 1-mile
radius for a
cat concentrating on the area 4 city blocks from your point
last seen. Post signs in a 6-mile radius
for a lost dog.
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 disappeared.
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
recommend that you make two different types of posters up.
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 section).
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
the Pets name, microchip #, tattoo type, location, collar
make, type, id type. Weight, height, length, eye color, hair
color, medical identifiers, etc.
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 than for me to be driving to or from a
search and see a small piece of paper with a photo of a pet
and small writing on it. It’s often rain soaked and
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 4’ 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
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 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, “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 /
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
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 pets.
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 becomes lost.
color photographs from all different angles of your pet.
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.
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.
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
Always seat belt
or crate your pet when you travel.
See our web site for photos and instructions on how to do
this. Review our
web site at: www.k9sardog.com for
more SAR and private pet detective references. (Note) we
look for missing people also.
Example # 1.
Very limited information on this poster to avoid scams.
REWARD for MISSING DOG. (Photo of your missing pet).
Please call :
Example # 2.
Very detailed information on this poster. This is given to
law enforcement, animal control, vets, shelters, etc.
MISSING DOG. Name: “LARS”. Breed: MUTT. Long hair chi. mix.
Age: 4 years Weight:
5 lbs. Colors: Tan and white. Microchip: AVID 000-000-000.
Tattoo: “I.K.9.S.A.R. RULES”. Owners: Mrs. Thompson Email: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
a professional K-9 SAR Dog team that uses professionally
trained K-9 Search dog teams to track missing persons or
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.
Q. It’s rained a
lot recently, does this affect the scent?
A. No not at all.
Rain actually helps keep the scent moist and helps the dog’s
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 pet?
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, 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 or less.
Example of a
typical search in Portland, Ore.
$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.
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. They don’t supply their clients with contracts that
protect the client. (We do). They supply after action
reports. (We do).
They don’t testify in court on behalf of the client. (We
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 45
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 12,865 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.
suicides, homicides, accidental deaths, kidnappings, natural
disasters, manmade disasters such as bombings,
transportation accidents, persons who are lost, missing,
presumed dead. Missing children. These are the types of
cases Mr. Oakes handle’s every week.
Being an expert
in his field, many attorneys as well as law enforcement
agencies turn to Mr. Oakes for consulting advice. So do
other SAR units.
Mr. Oakes helped
developed the N.A.S.A.R. and F.E.M.A. K-9 SAR Standards as
well as International SAR Standards.
Media often calls
on Mr. Oakes to discuss current events, cases. Mr. Oakes has
been featured in People Magazine, This week Magazine, CNN,
ABC, CBS, NBC, Nancy Grace, as well as cases discussed on
Oprah and other shows.
If you need his assistance
contact Mr. Harry Oakes at email@example.com Or
through his mobile 503-705-0258.
Order his book on
"Search and Rescue" Harry discusses all aspects of
Search and Rescue. Training the person for SAR, training a
dog for SAR, the politics of SAR, case by case reviews,
photos of his work around the world. He talks about missing
children cases as well as many other cases he's been
There is a large
section of his book dedicated to finding missing pets as
NOTE: If this Lost and Found
Pet info. Helped you find your pet, please let us know. Also
if you want to help us support our web site, feel free to
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Why should you
update your microchip info?
@gmail.com> To: Sardogk91 <Sardogk91@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 9:15 pm Subject: Thanks for help, my
dog is found
HI I 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
E. Oakes Jr.” To: Kathryn Bratcher Date:
Fri, 04 May 2001 11:32:06 Neutering doesn’t keep the sex
drive down for a dog. Does it work for a human male? NO.....
:) So don’t assume because he’s been cut that he’s lost his
sex drive. GO pee allot. Yup that’s right. now don’t get
your britches up in a stir. What I mean is, in all
seriousness aside, drink water, coffee, whatever, makes you
have to do the #1.
Then put it in a
spray bottle and go around to the sightings and spray till
your little hearts content. Then drive home spraying the
“Special scent” of yours all the way home. This is the
strongest scent a dog can track and it’s much more appealing
(The spray bottle that is) then the other options.
Try that. The
most important thing to be concerned about is your dog
getting hit by a car. Try to find someone in the area of the
sightings that will call you immediately when they see him.
Try this, if it doesn’t work, a live dog trap (Box type)
works. but, you may catch raccoons, tigers, lions, cats,
possums, and coyotes maybe even Bigfoot???? So that’s the
last option. If this stuff doesn’t work, call me and I’ll
come up there with my search dog and track the little fella.
Thanks good luck and let me know how it goes. Harry
Tue, 08 May 2001 16:10:44
From:”Kathryn Bratcher” firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Harry: I
picked up your message Saturday afternoon. I
must say I didn’t expect the advice you gave...BUT IT
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 Wasserburger
2006-3794-084(A). Mult. Co. Lost cat. Anita Parth email@example.com Tigard,
Ore Lost cat MILO. You and Valerie came down, and helped me
find my Persian cat all those years ago, yes the one at the
horse track in NE Portland. We did recover him a few days
later. The woman who had him was hording a lot of cats.
Team: H. Oakes SAR Dog Valorie K-9-1.
Vicki L.Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 04-15-06. Harry, Thank you for your
efforts and for you and Valorie giving me hope when I was beginning to fall apart.
Knowing that Tia was alive and that someone had picked her up encouraged me
to continue looking for her. I spent all day Saturday walking around the
neighborhood talking to various neighbors and posting new flyers. I was at work
around 8 pm making additional flyers when I received a phone call that someone
had found my dog and was returning her to me. So they got our address and Tia
was returned to us.
My husband & I took her to vet and she is slightly dehydrated and was covered
with fleas, but she has been treated and is beginning to perk up like her former
self. The vet is Issaquah was very interested to hear about your search & rescue
operation too. Thank you again - you can add Tia Maria to your success list!!
I’ll email you a photo later of her.
06-16-06 email@example.com Harry,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help with
finding Rambo. We could not have done it without you!! You
provided us with an enormous amount of information and a
generous supply of support, which we will never, ever
forget. Although we never met in person, I
know you would just love Rambo. He is a very mellow
Chihuahua, and the sweetest dog we have ever had. He is very
happy to be back home in California!! Best
Regards, Ron, Doreen & Dana Falasca
Jud Landis firstname.lastname@example.org Hello:
Thank you very much for your prompt response, your
informative web site, and your phone call. Our dog showed up
at our back door at 6:15 AM today, after we placed a urine
trail back to our house Sunday night (we’d laid it the wrong
way first). So, thank you so much for that piece of advice.
I am telling anybody who asks about it, even if they think
I’m strange. Sincerely,
Jud Landis Eugene, OR
dog Idaho. Elaine
Peoples <email@example.com 10-28-07 Harry,
I am very thankful to every one that helped.... I have to
mention.... I said a prayer just 10 minutes before I saw
Sparky zipping past me as I came out of that gate on the
culvert side to the mobile home park..... I called him and
he stopped and looked at me.... thought about a minute to
see if it was really me....and then came to me.... of course
I scooped him up and thanked GOD for answering my prayers
and especially so fast.... NOW I also have to give credit to
YOU for locating the actual spot that I left him at...and
the nice people that called to tell me they saw him.....
THEY saw my newspaper add in the Idaho News.... It started
on Saturday...and they called Sunday 7 AM to tell me ....and
I was already on my way to search again today....Happy
ending.... good night......we will all sleep better
YOU HARRY, WILLOW and VAL.
Andria Squires <firstname.lastname@example.org Harry,
We have her! I got a call last night from the AKC number on
her tags and they gave me contact information of the family
who had her. I called them right away and we went over to
get her. They live in Council Crest. The two little girls
said they had seen her running around the neighborhood for a
couple of days, but they finally caught her last night. The
family, by the way, was the Schnitzer family, like in Arleen
Schnitzer concert hall. We tried offering the reward but
they of course would take it so we said we would donate it
in there name to the Oregon Humane Society, since the father
is on the board.
We can only guess
that whoever picked her up from Quizno’s let her lose in the
area or she escaped from them (good girl!) and was found by
the right family. I was glad that I had read you note about
what to do when you find your dog because I knew what to
expect. She didn’t recognize us as first. She was hesitant
to come near me and then when she did she had to touch me
with her nose before she recognized me. She is acting like
she is in shock a bit, but doesn’t have any major injuries.
There is a cut under her eye and she is walking stiff, but
after a bath and good nights sleep, she looks good. I’m
waiting for the vet to open so they can check her out.
Thanks again for all your wonderful help!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Lucy is home!!! Andria
Re: Lost Dog -Carrolton, GA To: email@example.com Date:
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 11:50 AM Harry,
Just an update to let you know that my Pom Pom is safe at
home after having been missing for two weeks. Someone
picked her up off the street and sold her to a couple in
another state. This couple saw a flyer I had posted at an
animal hospital near the GA/AL state line and called me. We
drove to Alabama on Friday evening and were reunited! There
are still some honest people out there. She had been well
taken care of. Thank you, Jesus! Maybe my story can be an
encouragement to others. God bless, Tonya Lawson
Terry Treves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: lost dog ellie To: "Harry Oakes"
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 & Ellie "Ellen
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.
From: Una email@example.com Subject:
Islay found To: "Harry Oakes"
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
and Pet Ambulance Services.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. has started a new business on the side.
Called Pet Transports. Because the airlines kills over 500
pets per year, more and more folks are turning to
professional transport teams to drive their beloved pets
from Point A to point B. Here’s one of the Airlines horror
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.
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."
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.
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
Flight 738 to Hartford arrived at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, when
the National Weather Service said it was 10 degrees. Delta
spokeswoman Susan C. Elliott said she couldn't talk about
specifics because the cat's death was under investigation.
"Regardless of the cause, we understand the impact the loss
of an animal can have on a pet owner. We are turning our
attention now to offering our condolences and discussing how
we can provide some kind of restitution to support her
(Lombardi) during this time," Elliott said.
So if you need us
to transport your pet, contact us for our fee schedule.
If you need more
info. Please go
to our web site at www.k9sardog.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to
make a gift of money to support our Search and Rescue
Please send a
check to I.K.9.S.A.R.S. PO Box# 1472, Longview, Washington
This gift is NOT
Tax deductible. WE
are NOT A NON PROFIT 501-C-3 Organization. We are in fact a
FOR PROFIT Professional business. We do DONATE our own
money, time and efforts during times of disasters.
You can also
order Harry’s book “Search and Rescue” available on CD only.
$20.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling charges. Or You
can order by email for $5.00
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 Oakes.
talks about his career in Search and Rescue starting with
the Boy Scouts, then the sheriff’s office, then working in
the military, then for Mountain Rescue, and eventually
becoming internationally known for his work around the world
with his K9 partners.
He also talks about his own search dogs Kodi, Ranger,
Valorie, Willow, and Tyler as well as the 6,650 other teams
he’s helped trained around the world.
He exposes the
ugly truths of politics and egos and how they’ve cost many
innocent people their lives.
He also talks about how to train as a search and rescue
person and how to train a search dog. How he finds missing
persons, missing children, runaways.
Then Harry talks about pets, lost and found information, and
some of his 11, 930 cases around the world that he’s work.
Oklahoma City Bombing Disaster, Northridge earthquake,
Philippine Earthquake, Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, Joplin,
MO Tornados, as well as many other disasters.
Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr.
SAR Coordinator /
Handler / Instructor.
SCAMS- NOTE: I
strongly recommend that you stay away from most PET
DETECTIVES. These are Private Investigators who claim to
have search dogs, unless you check a minimum of three of
Detectives that we’ve investigated, after receiving numerous
complaints from their previous clients, aren’t trained
properly, and lack experience. They may be great private
investigators, but lack the other skills needed for this
type of work. Most of these folks who state they use search
dogs aren’t search dog handlers at all. Nor are their dogs
trained and tested in Search and Rescue.
Before you hire
anyone, check his or her references. Get
a signed contract for services showing
up front, what they can and can’t do
for your money. Obtain an after “action search report”. If
the company refuses to give you the contract for services,
and a search report, DON’T
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
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
even posted our successes on our web site for everyone to
This is one of
many reasons we ask you stay from her and her M.A.R.S.
trained volunteers and staff. Here’s a copy from her web
site directly. “In
1989, Missing Pet Partnership's founder K. A. began training
search dogs (police Bloodhounds and cadaver dogs) and
ultimately shifted into a career in law enforcement.
Then in 1997, K shifted her work to pioneering the pet
detective industry. In 2005 after nine years experience as a
pet detective, field training officer, and certified seminar
leader, K launched the MAR Technician program, which has
since certified other pet detectives who offer professional
lost pet services. Our History page
explains the process we've gone through to develop this
industry and our Qualifications page
lists the experience and education that allows us to
administer a proper training and certification program for
pet detectives and MAR search dogs.
Missing Pet Partnership is striving to train and certify MAR
Technicians, volunteer Lost Pet First Responders, and MAR
search dogs so that lost pet services will be affordable and
available in all communities. Because of problems that we've
encountered with a few bad apples, we've established a Code
of Ethics for
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
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
has been checked and double checked by law enforcement and
the Dept of Justice and validated. Now more info. From Harry
Oakes. “If the District Attorney’s office has accepted my
documentation and success records as fact
in evidence for
me to testify as an expert witness on Murder and Kidnapping
cases, then who is this pet detective to think she’s more
credible then a District Attorney?.” Fact
in evidence. We’ve successfully tracked scent trails up to 6
months old and older.
concern that we've had from the inception of our training
program is that anyone can take a dog, put a SEARCH DOG vest
on him or her, claim he or she is trained to track lost
people or pets, and scam money from desperate pet owners. Here's
an article where
a man who lost his Mini Pin hired a "self-proclaimed dog
tracker" for $12,000.00. Sadly, his final impression of the
tracker was that, "she milked me for all I had." It’s her
own MARS Pet detectives that have received a number of
complaints. Here are some of them.
Real search dogs
Vs M.A.R.S. Pet detective search dog cases.
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
We flew out there
with a qualified search dog team and determined the client’s
cat was picked up near a play-ground and is very much alive.
This for ½ the fee the PI had charged.
We received another complaint in Wyoming. They had flown a
MARS Pet search dog PI person from San Diego, Ca. out and
wasn’t happy at all with the dog handler’s performance.
Again, no after action report was issued, or receipt issued
for the service. They had paid this searcher over $3000.00
for her search.
We were able to
help the client, just through telephone calls, get their dog
located and returned home safely for free. We also assisted
the client in filing a complaint against the Pet PI search
dog person from San Diego, Ca. with the Better Business
Bureau and get their money refunded.
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 ½ 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 for.
Example# 7. A
client in Canada hired a MARS Pet Detective from Arizona.
She brought them up twice at great expense to search for her
lost cat. The Pet Detective and her search dog, never found
anything. We were asked to come up to BC Canada and do the
search. We did it for 1/8th of
the amount of money the Pet Det. Charged and after she had
failed twice, it took our search dog 5 minutes to locate
where the clients cat had been killed right behind the
clients house in 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 Vegas,
Nv. She had two dogs missing in the desert. She contacted a
MARS Pet Detective who quoted her $4000.00 to respond and do
a search with her UNTRAINED UNCERTIFIED SAR Dog. This client
ended up hiring I.K.9.S.A.R.S. our services. We helped her
bring closure to both of the dog cases for less then
This just came in last week and the client called me
complaining about this pet detective. “Our dog Rudy went
missing on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010. After almost 4 very
devastating, difficult and stressful weeks, he was found. I
never had lost a pet in my life, and never realized how much
I loved this guy. Everyday that he was gone I missed him so
much, cried often and was so worried, sad and unhappy. I
even hired a pet detective despite the cost in the
desperation to find him. (I don't recommend anyone doing
this without FULLY checking out the detective's background,
references, and having a signed contract beforehand). This
person claimed that our dog was traveling towards San Jose
however Rudy was found in Morgan Hill about 1/2 mile away
from our home.
My husband is
still upset of the amount of money and time we wasted on
this service, but in the end at least I realized that this
person was not reliable and turned my focus back to more
probable places. Night after night, I searched by car and
foot further and further from home, thinking to myself that
I would never find him. Then there were the skeptics who
thought someone had found him and were keeping him because
he's cute and he's a puppy. But something in me never gave
up hope. This was the most difficult battle sometimes,
holding onto hope.
would've been easier to just admit the loss and accept that
I would never see him again. Hope that if someone had him
they would love him as much as I did and be taking care of
him. Yet, I just couldn't let go of the thought that he was
gone, and I fought to stay positive and tell myself, even if
it takes a year I know he will come back to me. The last
hope I had was his micro-chip and I thought someday that is
what will bring him home, if it's not my fliers, my rewards
or my searching.
Finally the day came, Sunday, June 6th, we got a call and
someone found him. He was so skinny and dirty that I didn't
even recognize him! But when I said his name he got up (the
frailty and weakness was so obvious) he walked to me and I
knelt down and he started to lick me. I grabbed him right
away and in tears I asked what happened to you?
I hugged our
angel who found him for us and thanked him immensely. Right
away we took Rudy to the vet because he clearly needed
professional care and at least an exam.
The vet told us that it was the second case that she had
seen that weekend of a lost pet found. She said that the day
before a woman came in with a cat that had been missing for
7 MONTHS! The cat was found in someone's backyard, like
Rudy, was very weak and starved. 7 MONTHS!
”I just wanted to
share with you all who are here searching for a pet my
experience so you know that miracles do happen, hope is
important, and even though it is hard don't give up! I hope
my story helps you, maybe give you some strength and bring
some hope in this very difficult and sad time. Below is a
picture of Rudy. I especially want to thank Mr. Harry Oakes
from Search and Rescue whom I called repeatedly throughout
this horrible ordeal. He offered words of encouragement,
tips for finding him. THANK YOU! “.
The person I hired was with the SocialPet.com,
she charged me $65/hr with a minimum of 4 hour search. After
doing research her price is actually reasonable compared to
others, but I don't believe her success rate 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.” Julie
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
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.
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
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
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
Another scam to
watch for. This article from the internet.
You'd have to
sink pretty low to take advantage of the distraught owner of
a lost pet, right? For a month, a retired airline pilot has
searched high and low for Georges, a large tabby he's owned
since he rescued it from a pet shelter in Florida in 1998.
Georges took off after Polverino brought home a new kitten,
Tigger. Since then, Polverino has been running ads in this
newspaper and distributing and posting about 800 fliers in
Southwest Roanoke County. During his search, Polverino has
run into friendly and sympathetic people he otherwise might
not have. Some of that came when he was posting or handing
out fliers. Strangers saw his ad in the newspaper and called
to commiserate and offer support.
"I've met some
nice people," Polverino said. And then there was one caller
who was looking for money. Polverino doesn't know the man's
name. He identified himself as being with "Pet Finders
Alert." The man told the worried cat owner that Pet Finders
Alert could help find Georges using computers and
telephones. "They said, 'We'll work with you every step of
the way. We'll help you find your cat,' " Polverino said.
For $59.95, Pet Finders Alert would call all of Polverino's
neighbors and let them know about his missing cat.
They would call
in an ever-widening circle around Polverino's place, until
everyone who lived within a mile or two had been notified or
the cat turned up. They would give Polverino progress
reports, he says the guy told him. And they would notify
local animal shelters, too. At the time the call came, "I'm
real depressed, I'm at a weak point," Polverino said. So he
coughed up his credit card number.
And that was the
last time Pet Finders Alert called Polverino. While
Polverino has handed out fliers in the Poages Mill area for
the missing Georges, he's asked people if they've heard from
Pet Finders Alert about Georges. The responses were along
the lines of, "Pet who?" and, "Huh?"
As for the animal
shelters, "they didn't contact one," Polverino said. "I've
called all of them. I've visited them. And I've asked." Pet
Finders Alert has contacted other owners of lost pets around
here, however. One of them is Beverly Russell, who lives in
the Carvins Cove area. She's been running an ad seeking Itty
Bit, a Yorkie pup who disappeared in mid-May.
"We don't have
your pet but we may be able to assist," began a message Pet
Finders Alert left on Russell's voicemail. She hasn't
returned their calls. Polverino suspects a scam and it
sounds to me like he's on to something.
Thursday and again Monday I
called Pet Finders Alert at the phone numbers Polverino and
Russell gave me. Those are listed to an address in Las
Vegas. Nobody responded to messages left Thursday and
Monday. The company's Web site, petfindersalert.com,
has been suspended. The Better Business Bureau of Southern
Nevada gives the company an F rating.
business illegally, without a state license," the BBB's
Rhonda Fisk told me. The agency has four complaints on file
since September, and Pet Finders Alert has responded to none
of them, she added.
Polverino is now disputing the
charge with his credit card company. His crusade to find
Georges also has expanded. He's going after Pet Finders
Alert, too. He's scouring bulletin boards on legitimate Web
sites, such as PetFinder.com,
and collecting many warnings about Pet Finders Alert. And
he's contacting law enforcement authorities in Nevada,
encouraging them to go after the company. Let's wish him
luck, and cheer him on.”
Be aware of other
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
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 them.
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.
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
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
If your pet
becomes sick or escapes, the airline staff and search and
rescue crews like myself now have a scent article,
photographs, and a great description of your pet with which
to start our search efforts.
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
immediately when a pet escapes from an airline
1. Call 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.
Searching 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 water.
into the wind. All pets that wander or hunt, head into the
signs in English and Spanish around the perimeter of the
“Reward for safe return no questions asked”. Don’t state the
someone to the animal control shelter in person every other
day to visually check for the pet.
Don’t ever accept
that the animal shelter or humane society doesn't have the
pet without checking. Most shelters are staffed with
volunteers and many of the volunteers don’t know exactly
which animals are at the shelter.
a journal of your search efforts and costs while avoiding
fraud from callers and pet detectives.
you spot the missing pet, don’t
approach it. The animal is in survival mode and is
likely in psychogenic shock. The pet usually won’t even go
to its owner at this point. Bring in a professional animal
capture specialist from animal control.
give or send anyone money until you physically see the pet
and confirm through scanning of the microchip that it is the
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
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.
Recent case. Example. -- From: Julie Bennett email@example.com To:
sardogk91 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 11:22
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 was.
He had been
brought in sometime that day. I also saw there was an
e-mail from a woman at the shelter telling me "it's a long
shot, but it might be your lost dog." Before going to pick
him up Friday morning, I checked my e-mail, and "aiko L" had
e-mailed me that "aiko L" had sent the same info to another
"lost boston terrier" ad which had appeared on Craigslist
the evening of the 21st. This is her ad: I
lost my boston terrier (beaverton/aloha) my
boston terrier got out of the yard this morning and I cant
seem to find him. he has a collar but no tags and an under
bite. If you come across him pleas call Anna at 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
I've tried and
tried on the internet to find out where this person lives,
with no success. Apparently, she is not very computer
savvy. I saw at one site a possible relative of hers with
the same last name, and he lives on SW 196th just across
Farmington where Grizz was picked up, at SW 194th. Do you
know of any way I can get an address for her with her phone
#? All my money is gone until payday on 4-1. Why would the
cops discourage me so much, or was it just this one young
cop's opinion? This woman has caused not just me but
everyone who knows Grizz immeasurable pain. I'd at least
like to try and get my expenses reimbursed.
Oh, well, the important thing is I got my dog back. Thank
you again so much for your help. I had to just let you know
he's safe and sound. BTW, if you ever need any typing or
transcription done, I'd be more than happy to volunteer my
services free of charge for your organization. I've wanted
to help animals, especially dogs, all my life, and that is
something I am excellent at!
Respectfully, Julie Bennett.
trails work) From: Opal Koenig To:
Harry Oakes email@example.com
Sent: Mon, Apr
7, 2014 9:37 am Subject: Re: search for Egret 04-06-2014. Thank
you for all your help, we did the scent trail from that
apartment complex back to our house last night and when we
woke up Egret was mewing on the porch to be let in. He's a
little lighter but appears to be no worse for wear. Opal
Note: Vet Clinics
and Dog Kennels that lose pets.
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. 2014-9111-173(A). 04-15-2014 Lost dog
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. Fabric collar.
female blonde cocker 4 years 7mo. MVA Hwy 6 Green creek
1400hrs. Team; H. Oakes SAR Dog Willow K-9-1. SAR Dog Tyler
K-9-1A. Results: Sent contract. 1000hrs. Arrived 1310hrs.
Maynards tow yard inspected vehicle. 1410hrs. Drove to PLS
did search. Located dog alive 1 mile NW stuck scared wet and
cold in brush. 1610hrs.
04-22-2014 Tillamook Co. Ore. RP: Erin Koenig & Carol
Portland, Ore.97229. “Lincken” 10 mo vezula 46 lbs. red
nylon collar. Black reflective leash 8’. ID and chipped. DLS
yesterday 2130hrs. Hwy 6 MP 28 Elk Creek trail. Situation:
Hker Carol became lost and was rescued by local sar teams.
During the rescue, her daughter’s dog Lincken disappeared in
a very rugged steep mountain terrain. SAR Dog Team; H. Oakes
SAR Dog Willow K-9-1. SAR Dog Tyler K-9-1A. responded to
search for the missing dog. Missing now for 12 hours.
Results: Sent info. 0800hrs. Arrived 1000hrs. Found dog
alive over embankment five miles up trail. Had to rappel to
rescue the cold scared 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 rupert, another
Vsula passed away after a long bout of illnesses, these two
people provide care for Rupert that would rival any dog
owner in caring for a touble animal, I was truly amazed at
the time and money they put forth in trying to keep Rupert
alive and a quality of life, when I heard from Carol that
she was ok, my concern shifted for Linken, both for his safe
return, but also that these two fine people would suffer
severe mental distress if Linken was lost forever. So I
Thank You again for the service you provide and wish that in
the future that your searches turn out like this one. God
Bless you and your dogs Willow and Tyler!
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Karri Hatton <email@example.com To: Harry Oakes
Sent: Tue, May 12, 2015 11:47 am Subject: Re: Yamhill
Oregon Missing Dog appointment at 10:00 am Sunday 5/10/15 Hi
Harry, yes your suggestions on your web site helped
tremendously! We made up flyers posted them all over town,
went door to door and handed them out at the local grocery
store which brought Timber home! THANK YOU so much because I
was at a lose she is my service girl and I only left her
home for about 30 minutes when I got home she was gone!
Again Thank you! K
Hope Shaw Thu,
Aug 25, 2016 10:46 pm Subject: Feedback from a grateful pet
owner Mr Oakes, I am so grateful to you. Thanks to your
list of copious suggestions, I was able to successfully
recover my cat in good health. The list was spot on. I
searched all the places you recommended and finally found
her (a chunky cat) in a small bottom kitchen drawer just
barely bigger than her size. It was filled with folded dish
towels and a cat.
After reading all your material, I was impressed! You have a
lot to offer and I'm saving all your information to share
with anyone who is in need or just curious.
Thank you, thank you. I wish you the very very best. Hope
Wed, Nov 2, 2016
8:21 am Subject: Re: Free lost pet info I hope this helps Hi
thank you so much sending this. These tips literally helped
me find my dog. I did exactly what this said, and kept
track of who told me what. There was one last thing I
hadn't done and that was track with my tribe. So I did, put
it in a spray bottle and went out and made a trail home. He
was back in 20 minutes after having been missing for 36
hours. If it wasn't for that tip it probably would have
taken him much longer to come back. I'm so grateful because
he's just a puppy and he was so scared looking to get home.
Many reported sightings but he wouldn't allow anyone close
enough to him so they could grab him. I truly appreciate
this and the service you do by messaging people with lost
pets! Thank you, Misa Smith
Sent: Thu, Jan
19, 2017 1:13 pm Subject: Re: Free lost pet info Thanks for
your comments. You are so right - it was an awful night of
worry. We found Barney warm and dry in a storage room on our
own property. It seems weird but we had assumed he was lost
in town and we rushed to get there before it got dark
yesterday. A video surveillance camera showed he did NOT get
out there so we refocused on home and had a good
outcome. Thanks for your contact. Nan
release. Breaking news. Don't give up hope despite the
severe cold temperatures, coyotes, etc. Here's why.
01-18-2017 Lost dog Portland Ore.
firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce and Carol Hellebuyck SW Jade
Ave, Portland, OR
dog x 10 days in extreme ice.snow cold storm. White Beige 7
lb. female, poodle, cairn terrier, Shit Zu, and Bichon
Freise microchip Avid 029072834, not currently wearing a
We lost our dog
Bailey last Tuesday (Jan 10) when it stared snowing.
Team; H. Oakes
SAR Dog Willow K9-1. SAR Dog Tyler K-9-1.
1000hrs Started driving from Longview, Wa. office. 1130hrs.
Arrived. SAR Dogs tracked Bailey west on icy roads 1 mile to
where we found her alive. She ran from the dogs and were
picked up after nearly getting ran over by cars on Canyon
Blvd. 1215hrs. Tracked west found dog alive. Recovered
alive. Another fantastic save by Int. K9 SAR Services.