I met Tracey Dreibelbis on day seven trying to catch Fred whom had escaped from my neighbor’s boarding facility. She was very professional and informed me of Fred’s patterns over the past few days. She came up with a plan to catch Fred using my fenced in yard. We baited my yard with McDonald cheese burgers and she recommended us to grill out on night seven. We did as instructed by Tracey and Fred showed to eat. I was able to take pictures of him. Tracey explained we wanted to build trust with Fred.
On day 8 of Fred’s jail break, Tracey & helper were at my house to create the enclosure with ropes, leads, any and every type of dog treats known; liver, hotdogs, & venison. They spent 2 to 3 hours baiting and setting up how to trap Fred in the least restrictive way. Tracey’s plan included using my backyard fence to trap him and then corralled him into my basement to feed and calm Fred.
Fred showed that evening to eat again. It only took 16 min from that sighting to have him safely in my basement. With the quick capture he did not show any signs of stress due to the capture. Tracey texted myself and helper each step along the way, so everyone knew their part and what to expect. I walked downstairs after Tracey had time to evaluate him, Fred was laying on his back and licking everyone hands & arms. Tracey’s compassion for these animals is seen throughout every step of the capturing process.
I had already been helping my wife Tracey with MAR work and she had won the MAR course during one of Kat’s training seminars. So I decided to take the course and fill in the gaps of what I had already learned and what I was missing. To my surprise I had opened a door to a new understand
A week my 2 indoor only cats got out through a broken window screen. You advised in an article that I should thoroughly search close by neighbors properties and I found them within an hour hiding in a delapetated shed at the back of my neighbor’s property just two houses away. They were completely quiet and would not respond to me at all. I went several times a day for six days trying to coax them out but nothing worked. I obtained a humane trap planning to trap them as a last resort the next day. About midnight both of them showed up in my garage. They had obviously been watching me go back and forth and felt secure enough to leave the safety of the shed. Their behavior was almost exactly as you described it would be in your article that I read. Were it not for you I would not have looked as hard as I did and would have depended on fliers and social media. Thanks for saving my 2 cats!!!
Just wanted to say thank you for posting the information about lost cat behaviour on the web. It was instrumental in finding my cat Duke who suddenly vanished into thin air (or so it seemed) last Tuesday. I did the usual – stuffing lost cat flyers into 200 plus mailboxes in my area, talking to delivery men and mail men – no-one had seen any trace of him. I walked the streets umpteen times over the course of a couple of days hoping to get some inkling of what had happened to him. Thursday, someone posted a link to your information in a FB cat group I belong to. I started yard searching that very night. Friday after work I knuckled down to some more serious yard hunting, trying to work out in a circle from my own house. Numerous backyards later, I was about to call it a night and then decided to do a few more across the street. I had not been calling him as I didn’t want to risk being further from home than he was and confusing him. For some reason at that first house across the street, I called him. There was a faint meow from behind me. I called again, and he went into full on meow mode! There he was, up on the roof of the next house along, huddled by the chimney. What a relief! The weather had been horrible all week – snow flurries, icy, but he was in surprisingly good condition, although from the piles of cat poop he’d left up there, he’d been there the whole 72 hours. I think he may have chased a squirrel up a nearby tree, lept from there to the roof and didn’t have the nerve to try the leap back to the tree. Not sure who was more relieved that he was home – him or I! Thank you again!!
I took Kat’s on line course and it changed my life. Even if you choose to not have a search dog you will learn the science behind how, where and why animals go missing and what you can do to help
I took the class expecting it to be superficial information that I already knew. I couldn’t have been more wrong! This class is in depth, research based, and very professional. I couldn’t wait until the next week’s lesson arrived. I highly recommend it for anyone that is helping to recover lost pets.
I had the opportunity to take the MAR 10 week course with Kat Albrecht over the winter. I found it to be an incredibly in-depth and informative course. Not only in the volumes of well thought out but professionally presented information she presented but also in the weekly telephone support she provided. Kat is truly one of those wonderful people you only get to meet a few times in your life.
I had bought Kat Albrecht’s books wanting to have more information in “Search and Rescue” comparing it with “Map Dowsing” the way I search for missing animals. I was happy when I found out about the Mar 10 week certified course “Kat Albrecht” was teaching. I sure was looking forward to my first class and was not disappointed of having taken this step! Kat is a gem as a teacher, the material, skill, knowledge and sense of humor, made the time fly. Question we could ask regarding homework would be answered in a timely fashion I have never experienced in any other course! I certainly can recommend “Kat Albrecht’s – Mar Course” to anyone who is interested in “Search and Rescue”. You will be learning from the best!
After many years in lost pet recovery, I found this course still taught me a great deal. It was one of the best courses I have ever taken. Kat’s knowledge, skill, experience, humor, compassion, and dedication make this a wonderful learning opportunity. I also find the ways Kat provides for MAR graduates to communicate with each other allowing sharing of information and support to be invaluable.
Loved the MAR training and the insights from my MARs classmates. Very beneficial information in how to up my skills in searches for lost pets!
The knowledge I gained and continue to learn from the MAR training is amazing, I have always tried to find pets. Now I believe I am acquiring proper, proven,skills to reunite more families. The connections made, because of the MAR class, with other like-minded people, to share experiences and advice is irreplaceable. Definitely so worth it!
I was delighted to take a MAR training course from Kat. I was impressed with the details, depth, and the variety of materials shared with us during our course. The classes were convenient, informative and delivered with skill and an obvious passion for passing on her experience and knowledge to others so that more people and animals can be helped. Highly recommend!
The MAR course helped me understand the behavior of a lost pet and the science of a search. The techniques learned through this course are credited for saving many lives and reuniting families.
I found the MAR course incredibly useful and learnt and enjoyed learning about lost pet behavior as well as the behavior of owners and finders. Would highly recommend the training to anyone working in the field of lost pet recovery.