About Us

About Pet Search & Rescue

We have one focus in mind – helping the animals. Through our extensive experience, we have helped many people in the recovery of their missing pets.

Annalisa Berns

Annalisa Berns

Owner, Search Dog Handler & Licensed Private Investigator (California)

Annalisa Berns, owner of Pet Search and Rescue and Pet Search and Rescue Investigations, dreamed of working with animals from a young age. She found her life’s work when she read Kat Albrecht’s book, “The Lost Pet Chronicles.” She is passionate about educating people about how to bring their lost pets home. Annalisa works two to three Search Dogs on lost pet cases and specializes in consultations to coach people how to find their lost pets. She is a licensed Private Investigator in California and completed California Association of Licensed Investigator training NLITE. She has trained with K-9 Search and Rescue, expert dog trainers and volunteer K-9 Sheriff Search and Rescue. She focuses her studies on animal tracks, lost pet behavior, crime scene investigation, search management techniques and advanced urban trailing. She has completed the President’s DNA Initiative and received a certificate of completion in “Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts.” She was a guest speaker at the Western States Veterinary Association twice and the American Veterinary Medical Association conference. Recently she completed FEMA training with the Emergency Management Institute in Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness and Animal in Disaster: Community Planning. She also completed Introduction to Animal Psychology Certificate on Pet Behavior. Direct cell: 310-880-8268

 

  • Active Search Dogs: Juniper, Rhodie & Hope
  • Trained Search Dogs: Ellie Mae, Diana, Glory (AHA Hero Dog of the Year, Search and Rescue), Mellie, Zep, Apache, Sky, Pepper & Cowgirl
  • Retired Search Dogs: Rainbow & Lilly
Jim Berns

Jim Berns

Search Dog Handler

Jim Berns uses his knowledge of  animal behavior and experience on hundreds of cases (and talking to thousands of people) to help train people to find their own pets. He works with Samantha, a smart hound mix. He has added two additional hounds to his team – Bloodhound Hank and Foxhound Radar. He primarily covers areas in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. However, Jim is willing to travel further to help find lost pets. Jim works hard when searching for a lost pet, and helps to recover many. He uses a combination of Search Dogs, coaching and working with volunteers. Jim has an extremely high success rate. Direct cell: 513-708-0815

 

  • Active Search Dogs: Samantha, Hank & Radar
  • Retired Search Dogs: Bo, Hercules, Chloe & Lucius
Susan Long

Susan Long

Search Dog Handler & Licensed Private Investigator (California)

Susan Long is tenacious when it comes to finding lost furry family members, and has an extreme attention to detail. She works a team of two dogs that include a husky named Sailor and a dachshund mix named Tracker, who is the perfect size for tight spots. Susan primarily covers areas in Texas and the Southern Region of the United States, but is available to travel further to help find lost pets. Susan worked in law enforcement for over 20 years and worked her first lost pet case in 2008 with Pet Search and Rescue before taking time off to focus on family. She has been a Private Investigator in the State of California for over 10 years. She focuses on Animal Behavior and Search Dogs in lost pet cases in the Southern States. Direct cell: 850-737-1348

 

  • Active Search Dogs: Sailor & Tracker

Certifications

Training, License & Certifications

Extensive training and certified Missing Animal Response Technician with retired policewoman Kat Albrecht and Missing Pet Partnership: Annalisa Berns in 2005, Jim Berns and Susan Long in 2017.

We take lost pets seriously. This isn’t a hobby for our Search Dog Handlers. They have countless hours of training and keep one focus in mind – helping to find lost pets.

Coached and critiqued by Butte County SAR members: Annalisa Berns in 2007.

Advanced Urban Training seminar with expert SAR K9 trainer Marcia Koenig: Annalisa Berns in 2007.

California Licensed Private Investigator, Annalisa Berns in 2014.

Animal Movement / Tracking Training seminar with published author Jim Lowery: Annalisa Berns in 2006.

Experience

Experience & Qualifications

  • Trainer:
    • Annalisa Berns: Hosted training in New York, 2006.
      • Trained 12+ Search Dogs in-depth and coaching their Handlers.
      • Trained & Certified Scent Specific Search Dog to find lost pets in Southern CA (retired.)
      • Trained multiple Trailing Search Dogs. Two certified with Missing Pet Partnership (retired.)
  • Search Dog Handler:
    • Annalisa Berns: 12+ years working lost pet cases with hundreds of finds, live and deceased.
    • Jim Berns: Worked over 465 cases and thousands of consultations, and most pets are back home safe!
    • Susan Long: 20 years in Law Enforcement and over 10 years as a licensed Private Investigator in California.
  • Clients:
    • Annalisa Berns: Hired by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Petsmart, CBS Studios, and celebrities.
    • Jim Berns: Hired by inventor of the flashlight app and anchor of Channel 19 Fox News.
  • Training:
    • Annalisa Berns:
      • FEMA IS-010.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness & Preparedness, 2017.
      • FEMA IS-011.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning, 2017.
      • Introduction to Animal Psychology Certificate on Pet Behavior, 2018.
      • Animal Movement / Tracking Training seminar with Jim Lowery, 2006.
      • Coached and critiqued by Butte County SAR members, 2007.
      • Advanced Urban Training with expert SAR trainer M. Koenig, 2007.
      • Missing Animal Response Technician with retired policewoman Kat Albrecht and Missing Pet Partnership, 2005.
      • California Licensed Private Investigator, 2014.
    • Jim Berns: 
      • Missing Animal Response Technician with retired policewoman Kat Albrecht and Missing Pet Partnership, 2017.
    • Susan Long:
      • Missing Animal Response Technician with retired policewoman Kat Albrect and Missing Pet Partnership, 2017.
      • California Licensed Private Investigator.

memberships

Memberships & Alliances

National Search Dog Alliance Member & Member Education Board NSDA (2009), 2007- 2017.
Missing Pet Partnership Member, www.MissingPetPartnership.com, 2005-2017.