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Southern California 48 Hour Cat Protocol

Southern California 48 Hour Lost Cat Protocol

Lost Pet Hope & Help

Thank you for contacting us about your lost cat. Here is our protocol when we are contacted within 48 hours of a cat going missing. These are actions we strongly suggest you follow for two reasons: 1. To increase the likelihood of finding your cat on your own. 2. If we bring out Search Dogs, these actions will aid in the search.

We require you follow this protocol if you want us to come out with the Search Dogs and your pet just went missing recently.

For Southern California Searches Only: (With K9 Handler review and approval)

If you want to reserve a search time with Search Dogs, we offer a special Consultation and Pre-Book option only for clients with pets that went missing within a 72 hour window of when the pet went missing. Rate: $400 nonrefundable. Details below.

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48 Hour Lost Cat Protocol

Critical:

  1. Preserve a Scent Article: Not pee, poop, leather items or sheepskin items. We suggest items like: toys, collar, bedding, etc. Put these items up and away. Do not smoke around them and do not clean them.
  2. Be Prepared for Sightings: Make sure you get the exact location, time/day and details of any possible sightings. Write down all details and the person’s contact information.
  3. Stake a Giant Neon Poster Out: Post it in your yard or where your pet went missing from.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 48 HOUR LOST CAT PROTOCOL

#1. Physically Search the Inside of Your Property / Where Your Pet Went Missing From

Use this to check all possible hiding places inside your house or the point your pet went missing from:
  • Under Sofas, Chairs, Beds and Other Furniture 
  • Behind & Inside Appliances 

  • In Drawers, Cabinets & Closets 

  • Basement

  • Attic 

  • Rafters 

  • Chimney 

  • Laundry Baskets 

  • Inside ANY holes in walls, ceilings, roofs, floors, etc. 

  • Favorite Hiding Places

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 48 HOUR LOST CAT PROTOCOL

#2 Physically Search the Outside of Your Property / Where Your Pet Went Missing From

Use this to check all possible hiding places outside your house or the point your pet went missing from:

  • Under House & Deck
  • Garage
  • Sheds & Barns
  • Roof
  • Grills
  • Pools, Pool Filter, Hot Tub, Hot Tub Filter
  • Between Fences
  • Inside & Under Cars & RVs (Engine, Roof & Interior)
  • Inside Boats
  • Inside Feed Bins
  • Favorite Hiding Places

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 48 HOUR LOST CAT PROTOCOL

#3. Personally Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors at 3 Houses / Properties in Each Direction.

  • Get their name and number
  • Be very friendly
  • Ask them questions – do they have any pets, do they go outside, do they have a security camera, etc
  • Make sure they know to contact you ANY time if they hear or see anything at all
  • Make sure they know to TAKE A PICTURE of your cat if they see it – or any cat that looks similar
  • Do they know of any cats that look similar?
  • Do they ever see your cat on their property? (If your cat is outside access.)
  • Ask permission to search their property for your cat and possible hiding spots. (See #4)
  • Ask permission to bring Search Dogs on the property, if needed.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 48 HOUR LOST CAT PROTOCOL

#4. Personally Search 3 Houses / Properties in Each Direction From Where your Pet Went Missing From

Use this to check all possible hiding places in your neighbor’s yard:

  • Basement
  • Under House & Deck
  • New Construction
  • Garage
  • Sheds & Barns
  • Rafters
  • Roof
  • Chimney
  • Grills
  • Pools, Pool Filter, Hot Tub, Hot Tub Filter
  • Between Fences
  • Inside & Under Cars & RVs (Engine, Roof & Interior)
  • Inside Boats
  • Inside Feed Bins
  • Inside ANY holes in walls, ceilings, roofs, floors, etc.
  • Favorite Hiding Places

Consultation and Pre-Book Option: $400 (nonrefundable)

If you want to reserve a search time with Search Dogs, we offer a special Consultation and Pre-Book option only for clients with pets that went missing within a 72 hour window of when the pet went missing. This pre-books a search time without the large nonrefundable deposit immediately due, that is required for booking an in-person search with Search Dogs. If the pet is not found following the 48 Hour Lost Cat Protocol provided above, then you can escalate and schedule the in-person search and provide the additional non-refundable deposit. At that time, we will schedule a start time and day for the in-person search with Search Dogs.

Email us at: [email protected] to get your Consultation and Pre-Book In-Person Search.

Includes:

  • Customized Plan of Action with Full Consultation
  • Lost Pet Recovery Guide ebook
  • Maps of the Search Area with Directions and
  • Notes
  • Reserving the next available in-person search time with Search Dogs. *Please confirm an in-person search can be scheduled in your area.

Testimonial

“When we lost our dog Wolfie, we were afraid we’d never see him again. We received a few false leads which wasted days of our time searching in the wrong areas. Then, we contacted Susan, and she responded quickly. She encouraged us to stay calm and be patient. Susan and her dogs found Wolfie’s trail immediately. They tracked Wolfie for three days, and gave us a real lead. We soon found Wolfie in the exact area she pinpointed. After being lost for eleven days, our beloved Wolfie is home!”

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Pet Search & Rescue Investigations

310-880-8268

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