Pet Detective FAQ for lost cats : Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What does a "pet detective" do exactly?
A: Each pet detective is different, but basically a pet detective put together all the clues on what happened to your lost pet, then assesses probabilities and strategies to get your lost pet found using various tracking and search techniques from the world of missing persons search & rescue.
Will a pet detective guarantee to find my lost pet?
Ethical pet detectives rarely solicit owners and if they guarantee anything, be skeptical.
If a pet detective guarantees they will find your missing pet, they are probably out for top dollar rewards as a bounty hunter as opposed to working as an ethical pet detective doing their job of search & rescue. Like with other animal-related services based on time and energy like groomers, pet sitters and vets, pro pet finders need to be paid for their time and use of certified search protocol to help you find your pet.
How do I find the best pet detective near me?
First, look for a pet detective who specializes in either lost dogs or lost cats. You can Google "pet detective in my area" or find a lost pet finder who works nationally. Once you find a certified pet detective, ask them for "lost pets found" testimonials on a missing pet they found directly, not as a result of posters. Ask how many "walk-up finds" they average a year. Ask to talk to at least two of their clients from the past year.
Here are a few who pay to be listed but there are others who are trained and certified with Missing Animal Response who are not listed in the network.
How much do pet detectives and lost pet finders charge in 2019?
The average rate for a pet detective in the US is between $150 and $1200 for a typical three-hour search. Rates can vary depending on their experience and success rate. Pet detectives with search dogs, tracking dogs AKA "sniffer dogs" sometimes charge more although their success rates are no higher than experienced pet detectives with proper training and equipment.
Can you come help me find my lost pet?
If you are searching for a lost cat, the lost cat finder is can come to these 35 states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana · Iowa · Kansas · Kentucky Louisiana · Michigan · Mississippi · Montana · Nevada New Jersey · New Mexico · New York · North Carolina North Dakota · Ohio · Oregon · Pennsylvania · Rhode Island, South Carolina · South Dakota ·TennesseeTexas · Utah * Virginia · Washington · West Virginia and Wyoming .
Lost Cat Finder services are also available in Canada, England, Spain, France, Italy, and Africa.
How far do lost cats go?
A missing cat can be as close as your closet or as far as another state. A pet detective is trained to assess your cat's personality profile, situation and home terrain to determine the distance and most likely area the cat is lost or hiding/trapped.
My cat has been lost for two weeks. is it too late to find my cat?
No. Two weeks is well within the average time a lost cat will hide before they emerge and start being seen, so don't give up on your missing cat so soon! Make sure you have the word out so when your cat does start appearing in public, people know it is YOUR lost cat and how to reach you.
Did a coyote kill my missing cat?
Probably not. Even in cases of coyote sightings within the same yard of a missing cat, pet detectives have still recovered the lost cat unharmed as long as the owner has not left food or a litter box outside which can draw coyotes closer than they might usually come and into the area your lost or escaped indoor cat is hiding.
What happened to the "Missing Pet Partnership"?
Missing Pet Partnership was a non-profit organization founded by Kat Albrecht to help educate shelters and pet owners to find their missing pets. She nobly made MPP a non-profit so it would continue long after she was gone. Albrecht was a police officer and K9 Bloodhound handler who brought missing persons protocol and police procedurals to lost pet recovery work.
The original MPP (Missing Pet Partnership) pioneered many techniques on "How to find a lost pet" and Kat was the first person to train dogs to find lost pets. The original name of Missing Pet Partnership was the Lost-A-Pet Foundation, which is now Mission Reunite with a new focus on offering lost pet tips and consulting to animal rescue groups and shelters.
Kat Albrecht left Missing Pet Partnership in 2017 to start MARN, the Missing Animal Response Network to train pet detectives and offer virtual lost pet search dog training. The MARN page includes a Pet Detective Directory for certified pet detectives who pay for listings.
What is the best way to find a lost indoor cat compared to missing outside cat?
Each situation and cat personality requires a different technique for the highest success rate, Thre is no cookie-cutter lost cat trick that works for every missing cat!
The best way to find a lost cat for each type is all covered in detailed easy to follow steps in the video tutorial "How to Find a Lost Cat" which is on-demand at and dehis page: