Search Dog Referrals

Important Information – Please Read!

Be aware that there is no regulation or certification of search dogs for missing pets, and anyone can call their dog a search dog even with little or no training.  I have worked with the individuals listed below on a limited basis or not at all so I can’t offer specific recommendations of one over the other or vouch for their services.  However, in general I would recommend people that have completed the Missing Animal Response (MAR) technician training.

Before hiring a search dog team, you may want to check out the following articles:

Disclaimer: Lost Pet Research & Recovery (LPRR) makes no representations, warranties or guarantees as to, and assumes no responsibility for, the lost pet services provided by these individuals, and LPRR expressly disclaims all liability for damages or loss of any kind arising out of the use or performance of services provided by these search dog teams.  It should be understood that only a small percentage of lost pets (generally less than 20% and often as low as 5%) are located during the search with the search dog, and in many cases, other search techniques may be required to find and catch a missing pet.

Search Dog Teams in the Northeast US


Summit Missing Animal Response Team (SMART)

Last I knew, SMART was not offering on-site searches.


Lost Pet Tracking Dogs

Owner: Lisa Nazarenko

Phone: (207) 200-8060

Email: use contact form on her website

Location: southern Maine near Portland

Lisa started her business in 2011 after training with Lost Pet Professionals. This company includes multiple tracking dogs and several search dog handlers in addition to the owner. May only be offering services in Maine.


Wandering Tails Pet Recovery

Owner: Amy Simione-Garbarino

Contact: use Contact Form on website

Location: Boston area

According to website, they are not currently offering services.  Search dog is retired, but still offers on-site services.  Amy is a trained Missing Animal Response Technician through the Missing Animal Response Network. She started her business in 2014 and provides phone consultations, physical searches, posters, cameras and humane traps, primarily in the Boston area. 

Wandering Paws K9 Missing Animal Recovery

Owner: Sam Beckman

Contact: message her on Facebook or call 508-431-0439

Location: southeast Massachusetts

Sam started her business in 2015. She has scent-specific tracking dogs and will generally only work scent trails less than one week old. Services are generally available in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Also has a thermal drone.

New York

Long Island Lost Dog Search & Rescue

Long Island, NY - Mostly lost dogs but may also help with missing cats.

Professional Pet Trackers

Kings Park, NY

Rhode Island

Pack Leader Pet Trackers

Owner: Jamie Genereux

Phone: (401) 787-7432

Email: packlabs2018 (at) or Contact Form on website

Location: Rhode Island

Jamie used to operate a dog training business and offer volunteer lost pet searches (as Rhode Island Pet Trackers) since 2009 or earlier. He has several scent-specific tracking dogs that he often works off leash. In general they only work scent-trails that are less than 10 days old.  Also has a thermal drone.


These trackers are farther away, but will travel to New Jersey, New York or New England.

Professional Pet Trackers

Owner: Carmen Brothers

Phone: 540-532-7660

Email: info (at) or Contact Form on website

Location: northern Virginia

Not to be confused with the New York business of the same name. Also called Found, Inc.  Carmen was a former volunteer at Dogs Finding Dogs and starting her own business in 2019 (?). She has several tracking dogs. Carmen has completed the Missing Animal Response Technician Course through MARN. She sometimes works with the non-profit group the Lost Animal Resource Group.

Last updated: 6/25/24

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