Pet Detective National Network
**SCAM ALERT** Recently, a scam made the rounds on Craig's List from someone using the title "We Search for Lost Pets" and "Scent Tracking for Lost Dogs or Cats" with a website set up through weebly.com. The web site claimed to have dogs trained to find lost pets and instructed pet owners to make a $150.00 "donation" to schedule an appointment with a certified handler with a tracking dog. They insisted that you first make a payment to them (without speaking to them) and then email to schedule an appointment. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM! If you hire a pet detective with a search dog, only hire one that you can speak to first (over the phone) and who you can verify (through references) is properly trained and experienced! We suggest that you carefully check his/her references (including those listed on this web site) and read our Warning and How Long Does Scent Survive pages. If someone claims affiliation (training, certification, etc.) with Missing Pet Partnership but they are not listed on this directory page, use caution. MPP has dropped our affiliation with a few MAR graduates who either generated complaints from pet owners and/or were not abiding by our Code of Ethics. You can research individual pet detectives and read reviews about their services on web sites like Yelp, just like the review of a Bay Area pet detective that is posted here.
There are even companies and services that look or sound credible but should be researched or avoided all together. With any business or nonprofit (even with Missing Pet Partnership) mistakes happen, but companies should be avoided when there is a consistent thread of complaints that a service promised is not offered. Recently a news story reported the services of a national company that claims to be pet detectives that offer phone / post card alert services but failed to provide the services the pet owner paid for. You can watch that video here as well as read a very helpful (and unbiased) blog post that mentions other phone / post card alert services here. Please note that the two defending comments at the bottom of the blog post are from company officials who both have a vested interest in the company mentioned.
Disclaimer: Missing Pet Partnership does not employ or have any contractual relationship with the MAR Technicians listed on this referral page. Missing Pet Partnership makes no representations, warranties or guarantees as to, and assumes no responsibility for, the lost pet services provided by these individuals. Missing Pet Partnership does not benefit (profit) from the services offered and refers only the individuals (not their partners or employees) named on this page as a public courtesy. Missing Pet Partnership expressly disclaims all liability for damages or loss of any kind arising out of the use or performance of the services provided by these pet detectives. Inclusion on and removal from our Pet Detective Network are at the sole discretion of Missing Pet Partnership. Please let us know about your experience using any of these resources by filling out the form on the Submit Testimonial page. If you have a complaint about any resource listed on this page, please let us know by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet Detectives in the USA
PHOENIX, AZ: Missing Pet Detectives, LLC - Deborah Cooke, (480) 751-9700, www.missingpetdetectives.com, e-mail email@example.com. Deborah Cooke is a certified MAR Technician offering phone consultations as well as on-site searches with her search dogs. This team is willing to travel throughout the USA to track lost pets.
LITTLE ROCK, AR: The Feline Finders - Lisa Bukowczyk, (501) 993-1999, www.thefelinefinders.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa is a certified MAR Technician who specializes in lost cats. Lisa offers phone consultations, on-site searches with her search dogs, and is willing to fly to work searches throughout the USA.
LOS ANGELES, CA: Landa Coldiron - (818) 442-2952, www.lostpetdetection.com. Landa is a certified MAR Technician who has successfully recovered both lost dogs and lost cats. Her Bloodhound Ellie Mae is certified by MAR in both cat detection and MAR trailing work. Landa and her search dogs have had many finds, have uncovered witnesses, located physical evidence, and have had lost pets returned up to two weeks after they went missing. She also offers location checks to determine the validity of a sighting and confirm whether a lost dog has been in a particular area. Landa also offers lost cat services by trailing the scent of cats displaced into unfamiliar territories, physical searches using an amplified listening device and humane traps, poster placement services, and shelter check services. Landa is willing to travel throughout California (and other Western USA states) to work cases.
SAN DIEGO, CA: Pet Search and Rescue - (800) 925-2410, www.petsearchandrescue.com, email email@example.com. Annalisa Berns is a certified MAR Technician. She has a successful track record finding missing pets with her search dog Lilly. Lilly is certified as a Specific Scent search dog and is trained to find missing cats, dogs and other animals. Pet Search and Rescue offers a variety of services, including: Trap & Reunite, area searches, flyer distribution, sign posting, shelter checks and phone consultations. Annalisa Berns is willing to travel throughout California (and other Western USA states) to work cases.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Landa Coldiron - (818) 442-2952, www.lostpetdetection.com. and Annalisa Berns - Pet Search and Rescue - (800) 925-2410, www.petsearchandrescue.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Landa and Annalisa are certified MAR Technicians with certified Search Dogs. They are located in Southern California but willing to travel together to the San Francisco area for lost dog and cat searches.
BOZRAH, CT: Marjorie Lineweber - (860) 460-2447, e-mail email@example.com. Marge, is a certified MAR Technician and owner of a dog training and daycare center. Summit, her airscenting dog is a Certified Cat Detection dog through Missing Pet Partnership. Summit has had numerous successful cat finds over the last few years. Marge's lost pet services include phone and e-mail consultations for dogs, cats and other animals. With limited availability Marge and Summit can provide area searches for lost cats and other small animals as well as humane traps. She is willing to respond to searches when available and within a 75-mile radius of Bozrah (which is located 30 miles southeast of Hartford, CT).
LUTZ (Tampa), FL: Angelica Steinker - (813) 787-0034, www.courteouscanine.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Angelica is a certified MAR Technician and dog trainer. Although she does not work a MAR search dog at this time, Angelica is willing to help pet owner/guardians search for lost pets in her community. Angelica is available for phone consultations, e-mail consultations, poster placements, physical searches, and shelter checks within her immediate area.
Southwest Florida: Patricia "Pat" Colony - (239) 272-5213, Email email@example.com, is a certified MAR Technician offering phone/email consultations, physical searches, sign posting, intersection alerts, car tagging, shelter checks, camera surveillance, trap & reunite, & equipment rental within her immediate area. She specializes in cats & dogs but is willing to assist with any species (both domestic pets & livestock).
BOISE, ID: Pam Rouda - (208) 562-1738 or (208) 891-PETS (891-7387), www.locatemypet.net, email info@LocateMyPet.net. Pam is a certified MAR Technician who is available for searches within a two-hour drive of Boise, including cities on the Idaho/Oregon border. Her services include placing effective LOST posters and signs, setting up humane traps and sound monitors, distributing flyers, checking shelters and rescue groups, and other services as needed.
MERIDIAN, ID (serving Ada County): Mark Jorgensen - (208) 830-3580, www.petrackers.com. Mark is a certified MAR Technician who offers web-based tools with online sighting updates to aid in lost pet recovery, consulting, and shelter checks.
CLARKSBURG (Near Washington DC/Northern VA areas): Laura Totis - (410) 236-2788, www.ljttraining.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Laura is a certified MAR Technician. Her lost pet services include: assistance/consultations via email or phone. Although Laura previously trained and worked dogs in pet detection work, she has retired both of her pet tracking search dogs and is no longer available for this service. However, Laura does have a network of additional lost pet resources on the east coast.
SILVER SPRING (Near Washington DC/Northern VA areas): Elizabeth White, (301) 801-5627, e-mail email@example.com. Elizabeth is a MAR pet detective trained by MPP whose search dog was trained by pet detection dog trainer Laura Totis. Her lost pet services include: search dog trained to look for lost cats and assistance/consultations on lost dogs and lost cats via email or phone. Elizabeth will respond on lost pet searches within a 50-mile radius of Silver Spring, Maryland.
SOUTH HADLEY (Springfield), MA: Lost Pet Research & Recovery, Danielle Robertson - (413) 539-3530, www.lostpetresearch.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Danielle is a certified MAR Technician (since 2008) offering phone consultations, physical searches with her cat detection dog Dante, rental of surveillance cameras & humane traps, lost pet poster design & placement, and assistance trapping skittish lost pets. Phone consultations are available anywhere in the US and Canada, and on-site services are available within 150-miles of South Hadley, MA. If you would like to request Danielle's help, please fill out a Lost Pet Form on her website.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP (Detroit), MI: Lost Pet Search Solutions, LLC - (586) 703-1096, email Lori@LostPetRecovery.com, Certified MAR Technician. Lost Pet Solutions offers immediate consultations by phone; trapping and surveillance equipment; contact information for shelters, vets, and rescue groups; and shelter checks. They serve the Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties) and will consider travel requests on a case-by-case basis.
GRAND JUNCTION, MI: Matt Elvin - www.tiptoptails.com/lostpets.html. Please e-mail Matt the information requested on his website so he can determine whether a phone consultation and/or physical search might be appropriate. Matt is a certified MAR technician. His search dog (not certified) Mandy, is a cat detection dog. Matt offers fee-based phone consultations ($25 for 2 phone consults of no more than 30 minutes each), and physical searches with Mandy (for cats only) within a 75 mile radius of Grand Junction, MI ($125 for no more than 3 hours, excluding travel time).
HASTINGS, MI: Forked River Missing Animal Response, Certified MAR Technician Tara Walldorff, (269) 948-4054, www.lostadog.com (click on Barry County). This MAR team services the greater Barry County region of Southwest Michigan and has a background in wilderness skills, tracking, search-and-rescue (for lost people), and training search-and-rescue dogs. They offer support and assistance in searching for any species (both domestic pets and livestock) utilizing a variety of search methods, including scent-tracking dogs and specialized equipment.
EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI: Pat Tuholske, 314-882-6688 - email@example.com, www.K9alliance.info Pat and Morgan are K9 Alliance - a professional search dog team serving the St. Louis area and beyond. Pat is a certified MAR Technician offering phone consultations and on-site searches. Pat has extensive on-the-ground search and rescue experience as a k9 handler and maintains a yearly national certification in scent-specific trailing. Bringing home the lost has been her passion since 1998. Go to www.K9alliance.info for resume, specialized skills, search history and references. Never give up - there is always hope!
PAULSBORO (Philadelphia, PA), NJ: Rob Smith - www.helpfindlostpets.com. Rob is a certified MAR Technician who specializes in LOST REPTILES and assists with dogs, cats, and other pets as well. Rob is knowledgeable in the behaviors of various snakes, turtles, tortoises, iguanas, lizards, and other reptiles. You can reach Rob through his web site where he is available for e-mail and phone consultations. Rob is also available for physical searches for missing reptiles within his immediate area.
ASHEVILLE, NC: Pawsabilities, - Millie Sharpe, www.scenttrackers.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Millie Sharpe is a certified MAR Technician offering email consultations. ** Search Dogs not available at this time **. She is available on a limited basis.
HATFIELD, PA: Detect-A-Pet - Steve Hagey - (215) 997-2687, www.DetectAPetUSA.com, email: info@DetectAPetUSA.com. Full-Time Professional Lost Pet Recovery Specialist & MAR Technician with a proven recovery history. Will travel to your location. Steve Hagey is one of the very first certified MAR technicians (certified in 2005). Steve has extensive lost pet knowledge, expertise, and years of experience in detecting and recovering lost cats and dogs. Services include consultations by phone/email with full plan of action; flyer & poster services involving creation, distribution, and placement guidelines; camera surveillance; and conventional trapping. Also specializing in the recovery of elusive, shy and skittish pets, Steve was the first pet detective to bring the innovative techniques of "Surveillance and Enclosure Capture" to the lost pet situation. Specialized Capture Services by Detect-A-Pet is a proven solution for the recovery of many lost pets. Visit his website for more details and photos.
AUSTIN, TX: Kim Freeman at LostCatFinder.com, e-mail LostCatFinder@gmail.com. Kim Freeman is a certified MAR Technician specializing in lost cats. Available for phone and email consultations, shelter searches, flyer posting and on-site physical searches in and around Austin, Texas.
DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX: Lost Pet Specialist: Bonnie Hale, (314) 369-2784, www.LostPetSpecialist.com, email email@example.com. Bonnie Hale, a certified MAR Technician, provides lost pet services in the North Texas area. Her search dog Murphy, an Australian shepherd, is trained to detect cats, dogs, and other small animals. Bonnie is available for phone consultations, onsite consultations, lost pet poster design and placement, physical searches, humane trapping, and shelter checks. Although this team works mainly in the greater DFW metro area, they are sometimes available for more distant travel within the U.S.A.
BOTHELL, WA: Amy Adams, Lost Pet Resources email firstname.lastname@example.org Amy is a certified MAR Technician who has successfully recovered lost cats with her cat detection dog Harley. Based in the Puget Sound area, Amy is available to do on site searches for lost cats within a reasonable distance. She offers consultations by phone/email, neighborhood searches with Cat Detection dog, humane trapping, shelter checks and equipment rental.
DES MOINES, WA: Chris DeLaRosa, www.HelpingLostPetsWA.com is available for phone consultations, e-mail consultations, lost pet poster design & placement, assistance with public awareness campaigns for your lost pet (intersection alerts & tagging cars), wildlife camera and trap rentals, and physical searches within 30 mile radius of Des Moines WA.
NORTH PIERCE COUNTY, WA Bonnie Beltz, Volunteer with Missing Pet Partnership. email email@example.com. Bonnie is a certified MAR Technician with a certified cat detection dog Rita May. www.facebook.com/RitaMayAndLostPets Bonnie will provide consultations by phone for both lost and found cats and dogs, assistant in humane trapping, wildlife camera placement, tagging of car windows, advice on poster placement and intersection alerts. Equipment rental also provided (through Missing Pet Partnership). Physical searches will be limited to North Pierce County on weekends only, based on volunteer team availability.
SEATTLE, WA: Jim Branson, Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, email firstname.lastname@example.org Jim is a certified MAR Technician who has successfully recovered lost dogs and cats with his dogs Kelsy and Komu. Serving the Puget Sound area, Jim is available to do on site searches for lost dogs and cats. Jim offers consultations by phone and email, neighborhood searches with a Cat Detection dog, dog location with a Scent Trailing dog, humane trapping, and equipment rental.
CENTENNIAL (Laramie), WY: Cathy Orde, Cold Nose Investigations, (307) 761-1799, e-mail: email@example.com. Cathy is a certified MAR Technician as well as a certified search-and-rescue and drug detection dog handler. She has over six years of experience in working search-and-rescue dogs (area search, human remains detection, drug detection, and trailing), including response to disasters. Cathy is available to assist with shelter checks, trap-and-reunite, phone and email consultations, and physical searches. Cathy's dog Zoe is dual purpose trained and is used to detect lost cats, trail (track) the scent of lost dogs, and search for various species like hamsters, reptiles, ferrets, etc. If they are available and are called out within two weeks of the pet's disappearance, Cathy and Zoe are willing to travel anywhere in the USA.
Pet Detectives Outside the USA
MANITOBA, Holland: Liz Oliver, (204) 526-2844, www.lostpetassistance.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Liz is a certified MAR Technician and offers telephone consultations which include lost pet behavioral profiling, the development of search plans, advice on public awareness campaigns, poster design and placement guidelines, advice on handling calls and sightings, and discussing recovery techniques. She is available in some areas of southwestern Manitoba for on-site tracking with her scent-specific trained tracking dog, a black labrador retriever. Liz also rents out surveillance cameras, humane cat traps, and humane dog traps in her area and is available to help set them up. She takes an special interest in the recovery of skittish and scared cats and dogs and regularly studies not only their behavior but techniques related to their detection and capture.
ONTARIO, Kitchener/Guelph: Ronda Fraser, (519) 893-0986, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ronda, a certified MAR Technician, provides lost pet consultations services in Ontario. Ronda is available for phone and email consultations, including lost pet poster design and placement, recommended search activities and other information.
DUBLIN: Robert Kenny, Tel. 085 7360806 or Tel. 087 9130277, www.happytailsdetective.com, email email@example.com. Robert Kenny manages the first ever pet detective agency in Ireland. With employees strategically located throughout the country, Happy Tails Detective agency conducts hand-on physical searches for lost dogs, cats, and other species using various techniques. Robert received his MAR Technician certification in 2007, two years after launching his successful agency. Happy Tails plans to incorporate MAR search dogs into their services.
If you did not find lost pet resources in your area, check the petdetectives4u blog, a network of pet detectives maintained by MAR Technician Millie Sharpe. While some of these resources have been trained by MPP, others have not; thus, we cannot verify their authenticity or credibility. Do your research!
Disclaimer: Missing Pet Partnership does not employ or have any contractual relationship with the MAR Technicians listed on this referral page. Missing Pet Partnership makes no representations, warranties or guarantees as to, and assumes no responsibility for, the lost pet services provided by these individuals. Missing Pet Partnership does not benefit (profit) from the services offered and refers only the individuals (not their partners or employees) named on this page as a public courtesy. Missing Pet Partnership expressly disclaims all liability for damages or loss of any kind arising out of the use or performance of the services provided by these pet detectives. Inclusion on and removal from our Pet Detective Network are at the sole discretion of Missing Pet Partnership. Please let us know about your experience using any of these resources by filling out the form on the Submit Testimonial page.
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