On August 31, 1984 at approximately 2:00 p.m., I was standing in the front yard of my new residence. My cat, Bones, was in the yard with me. She was a little disoriented as we had just moved into the house that day. Suddenly, without warning and out of nowhere, a German Shepherd darted across the street. In the blink of an eye the dog grabbed Bones, shook her and killed her instantly by breaking her neck. My family and I were devastated. It was truly one of the saddest days of my life.
I remember every detail of that horrific scene more than three decades later. I loved that cat for a variety of reasons, notwithstanding her fierce independence but loving nature to my children. It was the only cat we ever owned. Over the years, I have had a few dogs whose years caught up with them and they had to be put down. Although painful, it was nothing like losing Bones.
When it comes to finding a lost pet, you honestly have the ability to do everything a PI can do.
I bring up Bones because I love animals, and I understand how heartbreaking it is to lose one.
As the president of a private investigative agency with 5 offices and 22 investigators, we regularly get calls from people that want us to track down and find missing or lost pets. I am very sympathetic, but I will not take your money or your case.
Please put yourself in my shoes. I understand your pet may even mean more to you than many human beings, and that you want an expert, a first-class investigator to find your lost or stolen animal.
The reality is that you don’t need a private investigator. When it comes to finding a lost pet, you honestly have the ability to do everything a PI can do.
To save you time and money, let me illustrate how this all works through an example.
When private investigators take your money to find pets, I believe it’s not only an act of thievery, it’s taking advantage of a grieving person.
Imagine you come to us to find you stolen or missing pet. We will explain the following:
The most important skill that a private investigator can bring to the table of investigation is the art of interview and interrogation. Respectfully, when your dog is lost, I cannot interview other dogs in the neighborhood to ask where you dog may be hanging out. We cannot check our own in-house computer system for dog information since there is no such index.
That’s why we decline all offers to find lost pets. When private investigators take your money to find pets, I believe it’s not only an act of thievery, it’s taking advantage of a grieving person.
There is nothing a private investigator can for you that do you can’t do faster, quicker and better.
If your pet is lost, here’s what you should do:
- Go door-to-door in the neighborhood with fliers.
- Post the fliers in your neighborhood.
- Blast out information and updates on social media.
- Check your local shelters regularly.
Once you’ve found your lost pet, you’ve learned the hard way that the animal has a tendency to escape and wander. At this point, it’s on you to take measures that will prevent it from happening again, and to make sure you’ve done everything you can to find the animal if it gets lost again.
Here’s what you can do to prevent loss with an escape-prone pet:
- Micro-chip your animal.
- Make sure your pet has current identification tags.
- Make sure you have current photographs.
- Consider investing in a GPS collar, so you can track your pet’s location in real-time.
Don’t be fooled by “pet detectives” who claim to have some magic to find your pet. Frankly, if these people had any clue about the PI business they would be vested in helping clients in areas where they can be of value. Pets are not one of them.