Kathy “Kat” Albrecht is a former police officer, field training officer, police detective, and K9 (police bloodhounds and cadaver dogs) trainer turned pet detective. During her ten-year career as a search dog handler, Kat and her dogs located physical evidence, missing people, and criminals. In 1996, Kat’s bloodhound A.J. escaped from his yard and was missing. Kat brought in another search dog that she used to successfully track down A.J. This is what sparked the idea, “Why not train dogs to track lost pets?” In their first four searches, Kat and her search dog Rachel physically located two lost cats and one lost dog. Since 1997, Kat has effectively utilized law enforcement techniques and technologies to recover lost pets and has trained several other search dogs and many human pet detectives.
In 2001 Kat founded Missing Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization that is working to pioneer the concept of community-based lost pet services through the first-ever pet detective academy. In spite of numerous roadblocks and setbacks (visit our History page for details), she has continued to maintain her vision and pursue her dream to develop lost pet services that are affordable and available to pet owners. Kat is the author of the award-winning book,THE LOST PET CHRONICLES: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective (Bloomsbury, April 2004) which details her quirky transition from police detective to pet detective.
In 2007, Albrecht published her second book DOG DETECTIVES: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets (Dogwise, October 2007), the first book to fully describe the endlessly fascinating “pet detective” profession. DOG DETECTIVES begins with an overview of Missing Animal Response (MAR) work, lost pet behaviors, and includes an intriguing chapter on scent. Featuring step-by-step instructions on how to train a dog to find missing cats and trail lost dogs, the book also describes opportunities to work (or volunteer) in this new industry as a professional MAR Technician. In the final chapter, readers learn about lost pet recovery cases solved by author Kat Albrecht and her intrepid search dogs.
To learn more about Albrecht’s books, her inspirational speaking services for teens, and to read her quirky blog, visit www.katalbrecht.com.
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