If you have been involved in lost pet search and recovery for a while, then you have probably heard of Missing Pet Partnership, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners/guardians. Otherwise, you may have seen the name mentioned on this website or other websites related to lost pet recovery. However, you may have found that the website links are broken or refer you to other websites. So what happened to Missing Pet Partnership?
Missing Pet Partnership (MPP) was founded by pet detective Kat Albrecht, a former police officer, canine handler, and manager of search & rescue operations. From 2005 until 2008 MPP offered on-site seminar training for Missing Animal Response Technicians (MAR techs). MPP discontinued the seminars, but Kat Albrecht created a series of online Missing Animal Response courses that were offered through her business. Missing Pet Partnership also offered on-site assistance in the Seattle, Washington, area and phone support from MPP Lost Pet Consultants, but these services were eventually discontinued.
MPP is actually a DBA (doing-business-as) name, and the actual name of the non-profit is the Lost-A-Pet Foundation. The Lost-a-Pet Foundation still exists and now operates under the name Mission Reunite. The non-profit changed its name when (in 2018) it changed its focus to providing lost pet consulting, training and support primarily to animal care and welfare organizations. Unfortunately, during this process, Mission Reunite changed their website domain name and removed many of the original MPP articles including the Pet Detective Directory.
Kat Albrecht, the founder of MPP, parted ways with Missing Pet Partnership in 2017 and started a new business and education website: the Missing Animal Response Network (MARN). MARN focuses on providing Missing Animal Response training for pet detectives and lost pet volunteers and also offers lost pet search dog training. The majority of training is provided online, but regional on-site seminars are occasionally provided. The MARN website also includes a Pet Detective Directory and articles on lost pet behavior and recovery. You can learn more about MARN training opportunities here.
My experience with Missing Pet Partnership and the Missing Animal Response Network
I originally felt the need to write this article because numerous pages and blog articles on my website mention Missing Pet Partnership. I tried editing some of the pages, but some items (such as my original MAR tech certification) just didn’t make sense to change. So for anyone that is really interested, here is my history with MPP and now MARN.
I first took an in-person Missing Animal Response Technician training offered by MPP in 2008 in Seattle, WA. The original on-site seminars were a week-long and concluded with a final exam. If you passed the exam, you were a “certified” MAR tech. In 2009 I started my own pet detective business Compassionate Pet Services, which I later changed to Lost Pet Research and Recovery. When MPP and Kat switched to online MAR tech trainings, a certification was no longer offered and you just received a certificate of completion. I re-took the MAR tech course in 2013 using the new online format. From 2013-2015 I served as Secretary on the MPP Board of Directors and continued as a website volunteer through 2017. I attended the MPP Missing Animal Response K9 Boot Camp in 2014 and 2017 in Mystic, CT. In 2017 I was also a presenter at the MPP Lost Pet Recovery Seminar in Mystic, CT. And in 2016-2017, I was involved with the University of Queensland (Australia) and MPP’s Missing Cat Study and I am a co-author on the published research paper: Methods Used to Locate Missing Cats and Locations Where Missing Cats Are Found. In 2018, I served as an instructor at the MARN Northeast Regional Training in Mystic, CT. I’m currently a charter member of MARN, and I’m looking forward to continuing education and research opportunities with them.