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Lost Pets Recovery Stories

You have come to the right place to find help with your missing pet. 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. Whether you’re looking for in-person Search Dog help, phone or email consultations or tips and tricks to find your lost pet, we can help!

“Our dog was missing 46 days when Susan came out with her scent tracking dogs. She gave us so many good tips of what area the dog’s caught his scent. Nice, professional, and understanding that we had lost our dog while visiting family. Two days after Susan was here we found Blake, 48 days he had been out there! If thinking of using scent dogs yes, it is costly but well worth it. I don’t know if we would have found him without their help. Five star rating from me!” 

Robert, Michael, Judy, and Blake

Blake - FOUND!

Lehigh Acres, Florida, Search Dogs Identified Target Search Area & Blake Was Trapped! (K9 Handler Susan Long)

Hear Mary Tell of Susan Long's Help Finding Lost Dog, Blake

“It was eleven days of pain. Gus went missing the afternoon of February 12th. After searching, posting posters, flyers and driving all over, we called Annalisa.

She came over on February 22nd, with Search Dogs June and Hope. As she tracked Gus’s scent trail, she kept us posted with GPS maps that reflected his exact route he took over the last 10 days.

It rained almost everyday he was gone and even hailed one day (in Southern California no less).

When finished, Annalisa and her dogs reduced the whole city of Escondido, down to 2 streets. She said it was very probable, that Gus was hunkered down in this area.

The next morning we set up signs and posters in the area. About 10 minutes pass and a woman stops and says Gus maybe in her yard. Boom baby, she was correct. I used a squeak toy, called his name and then Gus caught our scent and walked right over to us. He was just as excited as we were. He had a few bruises, lost a few pounds, but was in pretty good shape.

The skill that Annalisa has, combined with the dog’s ability to track, is definitely what got our Gus back. He was gone 11 days, was found 1.6 miles from home and will soon be wearing a GPS tracking collar, just in case. Thanks for doing what you do Annalisa. We all appreciate it, especially Gus. The miserable weather and eating hobo buffet must’ve been horrible. Thank you SOOO MUCH.”

Kyle, Chorlotte and Jeff

Gus - FOUND!

Escondido, California, Search Dogs Identified Target Search Area & Gus Was Found! (K9 Handler Annalisa Berns)

Hear an Owner Describe Finding his Lost Dog, Gus


“When we lost our dog Wolfie, we were afraid we’d never see him again. He was wearing a collar and tags, but he is shy, and we had almost no hope he’d approach people who were unfamiliar to him. 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. Susan had to leave, but we soon found Wolfie in the exact area she pinpointed. After being lost for eleven days, our beloved Wolfie is home! Thank you Susan!”

Wolfie - FOUND!

Virginia, Search Dogs Identified Target Search Area & Wolfie Was Found! (K9 Handler Susan Long)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! You were a huge part of this successful operation! Could not have done it without you! You rock! You were a calming force in a very stressful time. You responded quickly to our situation, and drove quite a distance to where we needed you, which ultimately saved Gary’s life! You gave us expert level guidance regarding the best strategy to get our dog home safely…and it worked!! We can’t thank you enough for your help and will be forever indebted to you and your amazing team of dogs. We can’t recommend your services enough.”

Gary - FOUND!

Kelli and Dan, LIVE Walk-up Find with Search Dogs (and a hamburger!) (K9 Handler Annalisa Berns)

Found Dog Gary - Owner Voicemail


“I lost my pet Tucker because a door in my house was unlocked. We searched the whole neighborhood and did every common sense thing. After calling Susan, she freely helped and gave us advice on how to bring Tucker home. It worked!! We found Tucker at our door, thank the lord. We are very grateful for your help and the next person we know that can’t find a pet we’ll give them your advice and lead them straight to your rescue team! We would have been devastated if he was lost forever, so I’m happy I contacted Susan looking for professional help.”

Tucker - FOUND!

John Gallagher, Coaching Find with PI Susan Long

“I’ve been unable to sleep since the day Napoleon went missing. As a Mom our duties never ends. It’s hard to grieve when you have a million things going on. even with tears in my eyes I kept my day going. Camps, tutoring, volleyball, house renovation, meetings, etc. Unable to truly focus on my tasks… I’m thankful for my husband doing his best at consoling me. Somehow even then, I STILL felt inconsolable. I was so overwhelmed for the entire 4 days before I contacted Pet Search and Rescue. I had bags under my eyes with the lack of sleep from being up all night on a look out or the false sounds of barks I thought I heard that had me popping up every hour.

When you and your team came out and helped me that night was the first night I was able to sleep through the night.

You gave me hope. For that I’m grateful and I know it’s made me doing even more to get my boy Napoleon back.”


Britney, Searching in Poway, California

When we lost our dog Gopher, we were inconsolable. After a week of searching local shelters, handing out flyers, and social media searches we did not know what else we could do. Thankfully we found Annalisa and Landa with their team of bloodhounds and search dogs. They came and helped us with big signs, pointers on proper posters, and some direction. Their dogs gave us a direction as to Gopher’s last scent and it was completely in a different area than all our flyers. The following weeks were crucial as Annalisa and Landa would check in with us. When we were losing hope they would encourage us and keep us motivated. Local businesses and neighbors knew us since Landa and Annalisa were on foot going to each one to tell them about Gopher. Gopher was found after 23 days and we know we could not have done it without Annalisa and Landa. The lovely couple who found her told us they saw our giant posters which were posted in the direction that the bloodhounds searched. (Click here to get the supplies that Gopher’s family used: Pacon 104234 Neon Color Poster Board, 28 x 22, Green/Orange/Pink/Red/Yellow, 25/Carton & Marks-A-Lot Jumbo Chisel Tip Permanent Marker, Black, 12 Pack (24148)) Thank you Annalisa and Landa, so much for giving us hope, support and advice to bring Gopher home. To all those with lost pets, don’t give up and believe. Again, Thank you for everything.”

Gopher - FOUND!

Carol & Pan & Gopher & Kimi & Senna, FOUND with Search Dogs and Consultation!

“Annalisa Berns is a true detective who works methodically but also empathizes with pet owners and can think like a lost cat! She got in touch with us immediately, created a map (specific to our neighborhood) to guide our search, developed likely scenarios preventing our kitty from returning home and gave us a plan of action that was personalized to our situation and our cat’s historical behavior. Our kitty had been missing for three days and we found him within hours of receiving Annalisa’s materials. When we were filling out Annalisa’s questionnaire, we knew she was focusing on the individual characteristics of our area and pet. She did not feed us boilerplate advice or repackaged tips from the internet. That is for sure. I would recommend her to anyone going through the ordeal of searching for a lost pet. Even if you think you’ve done all you can do, get some coaching from Annalisa.”

Enrique - FOUND!

Tiffany & Roey, FOUND with Consultation!

“I wanted to let you know that the case is closed! We found Harvey in a nearby neighbor’s run down hot tub. We are happy to have her home, safe and sound. The coaching services and information that was provided to me was instrumental in finding my cat. The detectives were easily accessible, responded in a timely manner, were able to answer all of my questions, and provided information that eventually led to finding my furry friend. I am very pleased with the services they provided me! Thanks so much for all of your help!”

Harvey - FOUND!

Melissa, FOUND with Consultation!

“We found Marley!!!!! Now that Marley is safe, fed, and warm, we feel forever indebted to certain people who came into our lives less than a week ago. Pet Search and Rescue provided us with invaluable advice about how to find Marley, knew more about lost animal behavior that anyone I’ve ever met, and were so kind. They consistently checked in with us, provided advice how to change up the search tactics, and kept us from making mistakes that we surely would have made.”

Marley - FOUND!

Rick and Amy, FOUND with Search Dogs and Consultation!

Ozzie was FOUND with Animal Behavior Search Consultation! NO LEADS for FIVE DAYS! Ozzie was home the next morning! “The family that rescued Ozzie fed him, bathed him and even put him in a little Christmas sweater. The best Christmas gift ever was when I got the phone call he had been found. Thank you so much…it was your phone consultation advice about animal behavior that got him home. I had not even considered some of the techniques that you had recommended!”

Ozzie - FOUND!

Dawn, FOUND with Search Dogs and Consultation!

“After your consultation about animal behavior, we regrouped and took your advice to heart. On our FIRST SEARCH OUT at 11:00 p.m. tonight (pursuant to your instructions), WE FOUND HER trotting down the sidewalk about 200 yards around the corner. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!”

Mochi - FOUND!

Marta and Robert, FOUND with Coaching!

“After my phone call with Annalisa I immediately felt better. She gave me insight as to the behavior of a cat and more importantly just listened….. I was also impressed by the timeliness of her phone call. The consultation provided an organized search area and a plan of attack. The map provided by Pet Search and Rescue showed a larger search area than where we were looking previously. My little London girl is now home!”

London - FOUND with Coaching!

Mindy, FOUND with Coaching!

“Seeking help from the people at Pet Search and Rescue is probably the only reason we got our dog, Jack, back. Jack had gotten off his leash on November 4th and was away for 15 days in total. He was frequently seen in the area at night, but we could never pinpoint his location. We had lost all hope in getting him back, especially since we live in an area packed full of dangerous wildlife. Someone recommended I reach out to a tracker to see if they could help, and I found Pet Search and Rescue online. I called Susan and she gave me great advice on how to pinpoint Jack and get him to come to me (he had previously run away from my husband and friends who were helping to look). She told me what to do, and I did exactly that. That same day, I spotted Jack in this location, got down on his level (as recommended by Susan), and he came right to me! I reached out to Susan to let her know that we got Jack back due to her advice. She even gave me training advice for the future as we did not want this to happen again! We are very grateful for Susan and Pet Search and Rescue. Do not hesitate to call them if you need help getting your pet back!”

Jack - FOUND!

Megan Gallegos, Coaching Find with PI Susan Long

My beautiful Yorkie Mercedes went missing and was gone for 7 long horrible days. Susan Long and several volunteers came to search with her scent dogs. After she located the area my Yorkie was, the final miraculous ending came!This is the final minutes of a seven day and night search….

Thank you for all your help! You took us to Mercedes hideout! She was wondering around the camera all night whimpering. Woke up at 3 so I headed out the door early. Got McDonalds smelly sausage and headed out in the dark with a soft lantern flashlight. (Going to the area,) she came forward and turned. I dropped to the ground with my head down whispering her name. She whimpered more and I softly whimpered back. I started to cry. I couldn’t help it, I was bawling. She came near cautiously and I slowly moved the sausage closer to me staying down. She smelled my hand and licked wagged her tail and quickly crawled to me jumped on my tears and licked my face all over! I grabbed her. She was in shock, shaking and crying while panting. We laid on the ground and cried then I took her back to the car!! Miracle!!! Thanks for your help!!!”

Mercedes - FOUND

Cynthia Majewski, Lost in Lehigh Acres, Florida, Search Dogs Identified Target Search Area & Mercedes Was Lured by Owner with Coaching (K9 Handler Susan Long)


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