If you’ve ever lost a pet, even for a few hours, you know that gut-gripping feeling of fear. The Missing Pet Partnership, founded by the woman who has broken new ground in pet rescue Katherine Albrecht, is the organization leading the way to help us all find missing pets. If you and your furfriend want to help other dogs and cats get home safely, you can participate in one of the MPP’s seminars in 2008.
Here is some information about MPP:
Our mission is to reunite lost pets with their owners/guardians. To achieve our mission, Missing Pet Partnership (MPP) provides unique lost pet recovery tips to pet owners as well as educational materials to the staff and volunteers of animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal welfare organizations. MPP launched the first-ever pet detective academy that trains and certifies professional “pet detectives” (known as Missing Animal Response Technicians) to use search dogs trained to locate lost pets and CSI-like investigative techniques. Ultimately, MPP plans to develop an academic partnership to study lost pet behavior patterns to better predict the distances that dogs and cats travel when lost. Our long-term goals also include building a national training center where we’ll house former shelter dogs that we train to locate lost pets and then issue to shelters, veterinarians, and entities that offer community-based lost pet services.
Here’s some information about MPP’s seminars in 2008. Sol and the rest of the pack are all barks about wanting to go!
In 2008 MPP has plans to offer a new option with our seminar. We will offer an abbreviated (2 day) low cost, non-certification MAR seminar shelter workers, rescue group and TNR volunteers, and people who simply want to volunteer to search for lost pets in their community. Our courses includes training in:
How to evaluate and train dogs for MAR work How to identify, collect, and analyze MAR physical evidence How to detect deception when interviewing people Search strategy applications Deductive reasoning to process clues High tech surveillance equipment and techniques Search probability theory Why owners fail to reclaim lost cats at shelters How shelters can increase their RTO (return to owner rates) How to reduce feral cat populations through TAR (trap-and-reunite) How human and animal behaviors influence recovery efforts How and where to search for various species How to approach stray dogs Proper use of animal capture and detection equipment Shelter and neighborhood checks Loose Dog Recovery (LDR) training for disasters and 4th of July Grief counseling for pet owners How to offer community-based lost pet services in your area.
At this time, MPP plans to hold both MAR certification and non-certification courses in the following cities:
Tampa, Florida – Jan 25-30,2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan – May 17-22, 2008
Seattle, Washington – TBA (June 2008)
Santa Cruz – TBA (July 2008)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – TBA (Oct. 2008)
Denver, Colorado – TBA (Nov. 2008)
To request registration materials, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which seminar you’re interested in attending.