Kat’s most frequently asked questions and answers
Who is Kat Albrecht?
Kat Albrecht ( Kathy “Kat” Albrecht) is a former police bloodhound handler, crime scene investigator, search-and-rescue manager, and police officer turned investigative pet detective. Since 1997, Kat has solved lost pet investigations by using law enforcement-based techniques and strategies that are normally used to solve lost-person investigations. What began as an “experiment” to see whether or not her search dog Rachel could be trained to track lost pets, quickly led to other discoveries. Kat uses high-tech equipment such as infrared cameras, amplified listening devices, and search cameras. She pioneered the use of “search probability theory” and deductive reasoning for missing cats and Feline Behavioral Profiling, a system of predicting patterns of feline behavior similar to how the FBI profiles criminal behavior.
In 2005 Kay Albrecht developed Missing Animal Response ( Lost Pet Recovery Training) or “MAR”, she is a leading pioneer of the lost pet industry. MAR training breaks down the process of a pet being lost, then shows us how to understand lost pet behavior along with time-tested techniques for recovering those lost pets.
Q: Your book is filled with stories of how you responded with your search dogs to find lost pets. Are you still doing that?
A: Sadly, the answer is no. The lost pet rescue stories in my book reflect a period of my life (1997 – 2000) when I was actively searching for lost pets and was physically able to do so. Now that my book has been published, I have shifted from the role of responding to searches as a pet detective to training and certifying other pet detectives through my pet detective academy K-9 Pet Trackers. If you’re looking for a trained pet detective, go to https://www.missinganimalresponse.com/mar-directory
Q: Your book Pet Tracker mentioned you and your dogs moved into a “promising new season as pioneering pet detectives.” Do you plan to write a second book about your pet rescue searches?
I am currently working on new spiritual pet memoirs that will be a sequel to Pet Tracker as well as a pet detective mystery for young adults. In addition, my second book DOG DETECTIVES: Train Your Dog To Find Lost Pets (Dogwise, November 2008) does record some of my lost pet cases, primarily those solved by my bloodhound Chase.
Q: I want to train my dog to find lost pets. Can you tell me how to do this?
Yes. My book DOG DETECTIVES: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets (Dogwise, November 2008) offers instructions on how to train your dog while also describing opportunities to work or volunteer in the emerging pet detective industry. Plus, Missing Animal Response Network offers dog training events where qualified MAR K9 instructors help evaluate, train, and certify dogs to find lost pets. For more info visit my Training page.