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At times searching for a lost pet can feel hopeless, but don't give up too soon.  Most lost pets CAN be found! Studies have found that between 53% and 84% of lost cats are found, and between 71% and 97% of lost dogs are found.  However, there is a lot of questionable search information on the internet.  Don't waste your time following bad advice.

Learn how to find your lost pet more quickly using effective, science-based lost pet recovery methods

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Lost Pet Research Blog

A recent study found that as many as 15% of cats and dogs will go missing at least once. Unfortunately, there is currently a shortage of accurate information on lost pet behavior available on the internet. The mission of Lost Pet Research & Recovery is to find, organize, and share useful and reliable information relating to the search and recovery of lost pets. This blog contains summaries of research articles obtained from the scientific literature and my own research projects covering numerous topics including cat and dog behavior, GPS & radio-tracking devices, trapping & surveillance techniques, and predator behavior.  Find the full blog menu here.

About Lost Pet Research & Recovery

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Unlike many pet detectives, I am currently focused full-time on finding lost pets and can often schedule services the same day or the following day. A Lost Pet Form is the fastest way to schedule on-site services.

Phone Consultations are available anywhere in the United States or beyond via Google Meet. Consultations can often be scheduled the same day or the following day after they are purchased. 

At this time On-Site Assistance is available within 25 miles of South Hadley (western Massachusetts) with limited services available up to 50 miles.  To request an on-site estimate, please submit a Lost Pet Form

Lost Pet Research and Recovery is a lost pet search and recovery business that provides online resources, consultations and on-site assistance for missing pets. Lost pet consultations are available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Outside of the United States, phone consultations are only available via web-conference.

Disclaimer: Danielle Robertson, owner of Lost Pet Research & Recovery, is not a licensed private investigator (as defined in M.G.L. Chapter 147 Section 22) although she may be referred to as a “pet detective.” As such, she does not provide investigative services and Client is advised to hire a licensed private investigator if they require these services such as if you suspect that your pet has been stolen. Danielle provides education on lost pet behavior, physical searches similar to search and rescue operations, and assistance with capture of loose pets.

Statistics on lost pet recovery are from Weiss et al 2012 and Lord et al 2007.  See Lost Pet Statistics for more information and full citations.

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