” How can I possible describe your service other then totally efficient, the out reach was amazing and you did make a miracle happen! How else does a small lovebird make it from Daly City to Petaluma in three days and then find herself back in the arms of her family in San Francisco! “

Clients Personal Story: I received a phone call from a man named Chris in Petaluma CA. At5:30pm. He told me he thought he had my bird . This is his story: he was attending a wake for his father in law in Daly City on March 19. He heard a group of crows squawking outside a window and looked down to see a small green bird starting to be pecked at. He opened the window and she flew in and landed on his brother inlaws arm. He went out and bought a cage and some food for her. One of his wife’s cousins took a picture of this bird inside the cage with her phone. Chris took the bird back to his home in Petaluma and bought some more toys and pellet nibbles for her. […]

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Losing a pet is a devastating experience. Many reports have been received about scammers who are defrauding heartbroken pet owners in order to line their own pockets and we advise pet owners who have issued an amber alert to be wary of the following pet scams:

“Scammers play on your emotions”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB. “Pet owners who have lost their animals are easy targets for those whose sole intent is to make a quick buck.”

The Pay-Me-First Scam: The lost pet owner receives a phone call from a person claiming that they have the lost pet in their possession. This person asks that the reward money be sent to them before they return the pet. If the pet owner refuses, they will often threaten to hurt the pet in order to pressure the pet owner into sending money. Once the scammer receives the money, they are never heard from again.

The Truck Driver Scam: Someone claiming to be a long-haul truck driver tells you that he came across your pet while on his route. He then asks you to send him money so that he can send your pet back to you, or he may ask you to wire him money to board your pet until he can send your pet back with another truck driver who’s heading your way.

The Tag Team Scam: You receive a call from someone who says that they think they have your pet. After talking to you for a while and getting information about your pet, they apologize and say that they’re sorry, but it turns out that it’s not your pet after all. They then give all the information about your pet to a partner. This is a set-up — in a short time, the scammer uses the information received about your pet only to have a second person call and claim to have found your pet who will try collect any reward money in advance..

The Airline Ticket Scam: Someone calls and claims that your pet somehow ended up in another state. They ask you to send money for a kennel and an airline ticket in order for them to ship your pet back to you. Once the pet owner sends the money, the scammer walks away with it, leaving the owner without their pet and with less money in their bank account.

BBB provides the following tips to keep from falling victim to a pet loss scam:

1. If you must place an ad, include only essential information. Refrain from providing information about unique markings or physical attributes.

2. If you get a call from someone who claims to be out-of-state, ask them for a phone number where you can call them back.

3. If a caller claims to have your pet in their possession, ask them to describe something about the pet that wouldn’t be visible in pictures which may have been posted.

4. Never wire money to anyone you don’t know.

Many pet owners have also had their pets microchipped, as this preventive measure has proven to be effective in bringing lost pets home.

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lost catJack the cat, at large at John F. Kennedy International Airport since escaping from his cage in the American Airlines baggage claim area two months ago, has been found.

The missing cat got loose in the airline baggage center at JFK on Aug. 25, after Karen Pasco checked Jack and another cat in as cargo. A day later, parts of the airport were shut down in preparation for Tropical Storm Irene.

Since then, more than 16,000 Facebook fans of Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK have been following search efforts that have included at least two Jack the Cat Awareness days, a PetAmberAlert and the hiring of a pet detective.

“I’m relieved and happy that Jack has been found,” Pasco said. “He needs some time to get back in health after the ordeal, but is in good hands with the vets who are taking care of him.”

On Tuesday night, American Airlines announced the good news on Facebook:

“American Airlines is happy to announce that Jack the Lost Cat has been found safe and well at JFK airport. American’s team of airport employees have been focused on the search effort since Jack escaped on August 25, 2011. Jack was found in the customs room and was immediately taken by team members to a local veterinarian. The vet has advised that Jack is doing well at present.”

Bonnie Folz, a New York-based search coordinator, saw Jack last night. “It was great to know it’s him and to know he’s safe,” she told msnbc.com. “He looked fabulous to me. His eyes are big and beautiful and bright, although he’s lost some weight and he needs some grooming. He’s on IV and is having some tests to make sure he’s OK.”

American Airlines said once Jack is ready to travel, the airline will fly him to California to be reunited with his owner.

In a report of the incident filed with the Department of Transportation and included in the Air Travel Consumer Report issued this month, American Airlines reported that, “The clerk responsible for transporting the kennels to the FIS area loaded one kennel on top of another, and while the kennels were stationary and waiting to be loaded on the aircraft, the kennel positioned on the top fell to the ground. The impact of the fall caused the kennel to separate and the cat escaped.” JFK Aiport Lost and Found

by Harriet Baskas

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Keeping your pets save on the 4th of July with fireworks.

Whether the neighborhood teens are throwing firecrackers on your
street… or your entire community is enjoying “the exuberant splendor” of a big fireworks display, your pet
can become frantic and run away, trying to find a safe haven.

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year,
and noisy fireworks are to blame.

According to national statistics, animal control officials across the
country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th.
In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters.

Mark Jakubczak, Certified Pet Detective and Founder, PetAmberAlert™, is
committed to increasing the chance of beloved lost pets returning home.
He said, “Sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners,
according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are
euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to
their owners. That’s why we’re hoping to reach more pet owners and
reduce these trends with our infographic.”

PetAmberAlert’s July 4th Lost Pets Infographic called “Afraid on the 4th – Keeps Pets Safe”
puts a spotlight on the alarming statistics and provides tips on how pet
owners can protect their pets.

Here are 4 simple tips on how to keep pets safe… plus a bonus tip on how
pet owners can have a better chance of finding a lost pet.

1) Stay inside: Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday
celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. Also keep
your dog leashed when going out for walks.

2) Make them feel safe: Comfort your pets with petting, hugging, talking
to them in a soothing voice, providing a treat and staying nearby if
possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.” Also
ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming
products, anxiety wraps and other products that can help.

3) Avoid the noise. Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as
possible by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.

4) Act normal! Your pet takes cues from your and your family’s actions. It
will help if you go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing with your pet
as usual.

5) Protect your pet before the fireworks begin. There are a number of lost-pet devices and services
available today, and it’s wise to be proactive in case your pet gets lost. Among the various pet-finder
services available, the Pet Amber Alert ID Tag/Pet GPS combines Amber Alert technology with a QR
Code and pet GPS to help MORE lost dogs, cats and even birds return home safely.

By following these tips, hopefully fewer families will face the heartbreak of losing a pet during the July 4 th

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Has your treasured feline joined the ranks of missing and lost pets in Phoenix, Arizona? Acting quickly is imperative and you are ready with your search plan – whom to contact, flyers ready to post, registering on lost pet notification websites, like PetAmberAlert.com can all help in the safe recovery of your missing cat.  It might be helpful to also follow your cat’s escape route, review lost cat behavior, and learn the Probabilities Categories of recovering your lost cat. 

Missing and lost cats in Phoenix need their people to start searching for them – right away!  Enlist the services of PetAmberAlert and send out an Alert to get your entire neighborhood looking. Then the best place to start is by reviewing the habits and environment of your missing cat.   An experienced pet finding specialist recommended taking these important steps when searching for your indoor (or indoor/outdoor) cat:

Ask, “Where is the cat hiding?” when you are searching for your escaped indoor cat:

  • First, ask neighbors for permission to enter their yards to search for your cat.
  • Assess the escape point:  did your cat escape through a door or a hole in a window or door screen? This will be the starting point of your search.
  • Think Cat:  your indoor cat is probably frightened to find itself at large outside.  Unless something happens to startle it into flight, it will follow a path along the side of the house.
  • Search for potential hiding places close to the house:  look up, down, left, and right of the escape point for the first structure that might be a hiding place.  It could be a deck, storage area, an open garage, access to open area under the house.
  • Place a humane trap in the area near the point of escape.  You can also set out a plate of food and position a wildlife camera to film any potential sightings if your cat is making covert searches for food in the vicinity.
  • Cats frequently come out of hiding after dark when the area is more quiet.  Search during both day and night hours.

“What happened to the cat?” is the primary question if yours is an indoor/outdoor cat.  According to the specialist, there are eight probabilities (Probability Categories) of what happens to missing and lost cats in Phoenix (or any area):

  • It is trapped
  • Rescued
  • Stolen
  • Injured, sick, deceased
  • Death by predator
  • Displaced in an unfamiliar area (by panic or danger)
  • Intentional transport out of area
  • Unintentional transport

If there is good news for missing and lost cats in Phoenix, it is this:  1) a well, sick, or injured cat may likely be within a 5-house radius of home – cats tend to remain within their territory; 2) the chased or startled cat generally remains within a few houses to a few blocks of home.

Among the more valuable steps you can take in facilitating your cat’s safe return is to have it microchipped and register the chip with the issuing organization.  Registering with a service like PetAmberAlert.com is another way of circulating lost pet news in a timely fashion.  PetAmberAlert..com acts like a telephone tree that broadcasts a lost pet alert to area residents that your cat is missing.

If your cat has returned home after being out in hot weather, be sure to check it for signs of dehydration.  Offer it small amounts of water at a time, gently cool it (apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the fur between its shoulders) to help your cat’s core temperature return to normal, and monitor it for 24 hours to be sure there are no additional side effects of prolonged exposure to heat.  If you have any concerns about its post-rambling condition or behavior, contact your veterinarian at once.

To recap:  Think like your cat and follow its probable post-escape route.  Look up, down, left, and right – from the point of escape to identify possible hiding zones.  Remember the Eight Probabilities.  May you find your treasured feline companion safe and sound – and soon!

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When you pet becomes lost in the city, it is important that you act quickly. Pet Amber Alert is your one-stop resource in helping with lost and found dogs and cats. After we have put together a comprehensive list of contact information and other identifying characteristics of your pet, we issue an alert that very same day. With our recognizable name and large social media following, we work to ensure that no lost dog in Los Angeles stays that way for long.

Lost pets move fast—moving quickly out of your neighborhood to unknown areas that pique their curiosity. We create a professional lost dog poster that we then send via email and fax to animal shelters, pounds, vets, media outlets, animal control, pet stores and other agencies that are inside a 100 mile radius. Using the latest technology, we can contact thousands of your neighbors to alert them of your lost dog. California is full of people willing and eager to help return lost pets to their owners—we let them know of your need.

With too many lost dogs in Los Angeles, the animal shelter does lethal injection when its owner cannot be located. However, with Pet Amber Alert, your lost cat or dog is in our database, which means that you have a much better chance of someone recognizing your pet so that it can return safely to your home.

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PetAmberAlert.com has successfully reunited hundreds of lost pets with their owners, even in huge places like New York City. If you have lost your beloved pet, we can help you put the word out so you won’t be alone in your search. We reach out to your neighbors and all the usual suspects (shelters, pet stores, animal control, etc.) and involve them all with your efforts.

Lost pets can move really fast, so you have to act quickly to increase the chances of bringing them home safely. Even in New York, a lost dog could easily wander for miles. Once you submit your information to us, we will immediately send out the phone and poster alerts with photos, descriptions, and any other relevant details to make sure that people will recognize your dogs or cats and know exactly who to contact.

The process is simple. We will gather the necessary information about you and your missing pets and use it to create and send an effective poster to shelters and other pet-related businesses. The phone alert will also go out with your personalized, recorded message. Within minutes, hundreds or even thousands of people will know about your missing cat or dog, and you will have a much better chance to get your beloved animals back safe and sound.

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