49 SAR years experience.
We've responded to calls from Private families, friends of the missing, government agencies, Federal, State, City, County Law enforcement agencies, Medical examiners. Since 1972. With SAR Dogs since 1986.
Blog updates on Google.com also facebook.
For the last 36 years I've donated an average of $46,000 in services to help finding people and lost pets during disasters.
Armenia quake, Pacific NW Fires, Pacific NW Floods, Oso Mud slide, Northridge Quake, Philippine Quake, Hurricane Mitch Honduras, Hurricane Katrina, Oklahoma City Bombing, (Consultant for 911 missing pets in restricted areas in NY). Shadeville, Ohio flood, Numerous Fires California. (Searching for human and animal remains). Both of the Turkey quakes. Just to name a few of the 29 disasters I've assisted on. I pay my own way, donate my own time and expertise.
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A message to all the Harry Haters out there. In my 50 years of working SAR around the world, my success has been documented by State, City, Federal, and County law enforcement agencies and other agencies such as the FBI, DOJ, IRS, CIA, DOD.
Every one of my successful cases have been validated and verified. The credibility comes in the courtroom, not on social media such as facebook, or Yelp where people who are jealous of my success can post what ever BS statements they want to make themselves look better.
I have over 14,400 positive references from people I've helped over the years.
Every client receives a contract that explains in detail what I can and can't do for them and how much I'm going to charge them for my professional services.
With 50 years of service, I've risen above the TROLLS making their stupid false comments that "I'm scamming people". When I ask these trolls to provide one single piece of documentation to support their statements, they never have been able to provide one piece of evidence to support their statements. Yet I have provided thousands of successful documented cases to the courts proving I'm 100% legit and credible.
Respectfully Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr. K9 SAR Coordinator/International Instructor/ Consultant.
As one of 150 private contractors, we charge for our professional services. This is no different than Police, Fire, Medical, Nurses, Doctors, Tow truck drivers, Medical Examiners, and all Federal K9 teams. They all provide a service and are paid by the folks needing their assistance. FEMA, ATF, State and County law enforcement, US Military all are paid for their services by the public tax dollars. If you read my book "Search and Rescue" it explains in detail why I went into the private SAR sector after 25 years working as a volunteer SAR member. You can order my book for free at email@example.com
Besides documenting each and every call that comes into our headquarters, we write clear, concise, accurate reports. They've held up in both the criminal and civil trials that I am brought in to testifty in. I have a 100% conviction rate on criminal trials and a 100% win rate in civil trials.
REFERENCES. Lost Pets.
Laura Braa to International K-9 Search and Rescue Services
Harry is the real deal! We live in a rural location in the middle of the woods. Our daughter had our golden retriever on a leash and it slipped out of her hand when our dog chased another dog off the property. Our dog has never ran away before. Within 5 minutes we were in the car and searching with no signs of her in the area. Our concern was that she still had a leash attached to her and were extremely worried she may be caught up in brush or the woods and be at a disadvantage if faced with a cougar. After several hours of searching the woods around our house we began to discuss alternative options. We determined prior to contacting Harry that whatever information he was able to provide would give us peace of mind. Once I had reached out to Harry, he was in touch within just a few hours. I didn't think he would make the drive to us, but after discussing our story he was willing to drive three hours to us! (I might add, we felt his rates were very appropriate.) He sent us an email that included what he was able to do with his tracking dogs, recommendations, stories, as well as other options we could pursue. At no time did I ever feel uncomfortable with the information provided or his services. He kept in regular contact on his drive to our house as well. Upon arrival he again explained what his dogs would do. They followed her scent up the road about a half mile from our house. Her scent never traveled into the woods; we were relieved to say the least. With the information he had found it was determined that she was most likely picked up. Given this news, we immediately went into action. Had we not had his validation in what we thought had happened we wouldn't have taken the additional steps to get our dog back. To wrap up this long review, our dog was 100% stolen. This story has a happy ending! Our dog was returned to us within 2 days, someone dropped her at the bottom of our property, she came running into the house and had clearly been bathed and combed. We are forever grateful to Harry and his dogs for their services; again, we attribute getting our dog back to Harry! Thank you from our family! Additionally, our family and friends really enjoyed the time that Harry spent sharing his incredible expertise and stories!
Some of our thousands of references re Missing pet searches.
Re: Missing persons.
Emilee O'Neil Jul 12, 2020 I wish all who serve could be as exemplary as Harry, sadly not the case. This man has integrity, honor. He can see from both sides of the isle. He has seen and heard things that I couldn’t imagine. It is also important to note that if it wasn’t for Harry, the white supremacist who murdered my beloved Saffa would have never been brought to justice.
Babette C. Deer Trail, CO 12/4/2019 I lost 2 dogs that chased a bear off our property. On day 4 of missing, Harry gave me specific instructions on to who to call to report the missing dogs. It was along list and took a few hours but totally worth it. He saved me thousands of dollars by giving me advice and guidance on gathering resources to help. On day 5 my dogs were found because I made the calls I otherwise would have thought pointless. The only thing Harry asked for in return was to let me know if I found them. He followed up with emails during the search and I was grateful he had offered to help. My experience was great.
Ashley T. Everett, WA 4/28/2019 My dog had been missing 12 hours I exhausted all hope posted on every forum had fliers up every where so many man hours on the ground! My husband had thought of search and rescue dogs the night before I honestly expected thousands of dollars and no results. I found Harry online and I emailed the night before he called me back on Sunday and came up 4 hours from Longview to Everett the same day. He brought 2 dogs and a bonus pug. We went to the last known location and he was very professional. The dogs did their job and we hiked up a steep incline forest hill behind a trailer park and found my lil chihuahua huddled in some brush. He was so scared he didn't want to move. I was instructed to move slowly and talk softly if he might bolt my husband went around the back and got him. The dogs sniffed him out with the guidance of Harry! I know we were so very lucky! I know not all people are! I was so relived I never want to let him go! Thanks to The dog team lead by a well trained man got the job that all the work I put in couldn't have done! I couldn't be more thrilled!
Happy family reunion
o Melissa D. San Francisco, CA 4/22/2018 Our dog went missing around 6 pm on a Saturday night. Harry was recommended to us and we called him around 9 pm, and he agreed to come right out with his dogs to help us search, even though he was about an hour away. He arrived asap and got right to work. No nonsense, no time wasted. His dogs picked right up on my dog's smell and were ultimately able to find him deep in the woods behind my house (he'd fallen down a ravine type thing and couldn't get out). Without Harry and his dogs, we would never have found our baby, because you could barely see him, even two feet away because of the thick underbrush and he wasn't making any noise (fear of predators?). It was his dog that found him through smell and I can't thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to finding our boy!Bottom of Form
o TJ J. Bellevue, WA 4/18/2018 I have worked with International K9 Search and Rescue twice. One animal went missing after being "taken" by a neighbor in financial distress looking to sell a Siamese cat quick on Craigslist. Taking to CL to stop the sale of the cat for quick cash prompted the release of the cat, which then led to the recovery of the cat a short distance away from where it was tracked by the dogs. And recovery back to the owner within 24 hours of capture. The cats owner a disabled veteran had a special bond with this cat and was devastated when it went missing and immediately felt there was no hope. Once the SAR team determined the animal was "Alive" it allowed for the owner to not give up the search and rescue and offered "hope" for recovery. And in this case it was a harrowing story to get the cat back but a happy ending. Cats go missing for many reasons, but in this case, Harry's team tracked it to the exact house of the people who took the cat. Within 2 months after the cat theft, these people had been evicted by the Sheriff's office and were forced out of the neighborhood. The point here is that animals are "taken", sold and profited from, attacked by other animals and killed, hit by cars, etc. when left to roam outside. It's the chance you take. The second time Harry was hired the dogs determined a death scent. Coyote scat in the area contained cat fur. Sad ending but closure to knowing the cat was not coming home. My efforts to post info. on my lost cat separate to Harry's work only brought lots of false leads to cats that were not mine, wasted time and frustration in general. I think you have to keep the perspective that "nothing" is a guarantee in search and rescue. Even if you have multiple animals in your house and the scented item for the lost pet has other animal scents on it can throw SAR dogs off the main scent of the lost animal. Many variables go into the work of these animals. It's sad to see so many negative comments and sour grapes when there are "real" people who have gone on to find their pets. If you don't ever want to pay a SAR company, keep animals indoors and on leash equipped with GPS collar trackers for recovery if they get off leash accidently.
Jeff C. Shelton, WA 4/7/2018 Harry was fantastic and provided us with the tools to find our dog. She had been missing for 3 days before we decided to use a tracking service. He was fortunately available so he came out the next day. We know our dog but he knows their behavior in these situations. Great service well worth using. He is honest and well informed. He was very concerned for our lost pet and I believe any post that says otherwise is mistaken.
Vanessa S. Hillsboro, OR 1/13/2018 My partner and I called Harry and his crew out to Hillsboro today to help us find our missing cat. He was very knowledgable and professional, and has years of experience with searching for missing beings. While unfortunately we were unable to find our cat, we did obtain some very valuable information about what could have possibly happened to her and what some next steps are in order to help lead her back home. His price was very reasonable and he was honest with us throughout the search on what his thoughts were. We would definitely recommend his services.
o Carol B. Bend, OR 1/5/2018 I am writing this review in response to a number of less than positive reviews made by people on Yelp. Claims have been made that Harry Oakes takes advantage of people, is a scammer and a fraud. Nothing can be further from the truth!
My experience with International K9 Search and Rescue spans the last several years. Mr. Oakes has assisted me on numerous occasions in finding friends lost pets. His methods are sound and successful. He has never once given me bad advice. To date, all of the pets that I have requested assistance for were located alive! Including my own dog!
Harry has "GIVEN" me invaluable assistance in training my dog. I know for a fact that he donates a great deal of his time and expertise to help others. I am one of those people. I have used his methods successfully!
There is a process to Search and Rescue. The results are not guaranteed. Ever! Mr. Oakes needs specific information unique to each client he serves. Without it, chances of success are diminished.
There have been certain negative claims against Mr. Oakes made by a person on Yelp who lists herself as a certified dog trainer. Upon investigation, I learned that her certification through CDPT-KA was "purchased" from an organization that is not truly recognized. Source: dogtraining.world, access CDPT-KA and draw your own conclusions.
What I will say, is that should either I or any of my family or friends were to become lost, I would want Harry Oakes and any one of his associates looking for me. He is the real deal.
o Doxy T. My experience was amazing. Our cat got out yesterday and we were distraught. Stayed up all night making signs and walking around calling for her. I randomly found Harry online and called without even looking up reviews. He came by a couple hours later and within 15/20 min his dogs Willow and Tyler had tracked my cat down. I was in shock and was so relieved to see my baby again....Its gotta be a hard job, because there is no guarantee that you will get the outcome you are looking for...but I am a total believer and do not doubt the intelligence of animals and a good trainer. Thank you Harry, you truly saved us.
Requesting a Contract and paying for the search services.
When you request a contract, we'll obtain through an email from you your name, address, city, state, zip code and telephone number and search location. We'll then call you and discuss what we can and can not do for your case. When making your required deposit after we've talked and the contract has been completed you will need to make your deposit on our secure Venmo.com ACCOUNT. Harry-Oakes-2
You must first email us the information so we can determine the cost of the search.
If you are an Client wanting to discuss professional SAR consulting services then email us your name, home address, city, state, zip code, telephone#, and all the information regarding your case. We'll do a consult with an 85% success rate. Note: We'll have to take your credit card information over the phone to pay for the consult. (This until we can make our Link below work with our square account). Consult cost $20.00 dollars US.
As a SAR and K9 SAR Expert, I'm considered an expert witness in the courtroom regarding SAR matters, death investigations, accident investigations, and K9 SAR issues. Scent evidence. Please email me your name, and contact information. I charge $50.00 per fifteen minutes of case review. If I testify then I charge $1,000.00 per day plus any and all travel expenses.
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A Call to Duty. Story about Search and Rescue through the eyes of my search dog Ranger. Training, testing, actual work cases. Email me and I'll send you the book via email. Cost $10.00 dollars.
This book is written for Civilians, beginners, Intermediate and experience K9 handlers, SAR Coordinators, Police officers, SAR Coordinators, Judges, Attorneys. Explains the politics involving SAR, how to train yourself as a SAR person. How to train your dog in all aspects of SAR. Cost is $20.00 I reveal all the BS that really goes on in SAR and how egos have cost dozens of lives in the NW.
This book teaches children how to be safe in the woods, items they should carry depending on their age. A fingerprint card. This program has saved 16 lives to date. It's free. Email me and ask me for a free HUFY Coloring book.
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