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Lost Dog Pet Scams

Beware of Scams

A Few Ways to Protect Yourself From Being Scammed

Use common sense not your emotions when choosing who you give your money to!


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 to take your dog to the local Animal Control Shelter ( you look up the shelter and tell them to bring your pet there) and deal with a Animal Control Agent

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 well as ID on their collar as this preventive measure has proven to be effective in bringing lost pets home.


 Scam #1 - Calls

Let me start off by saying that NOT all Pet detectives are scammers and its up to you to decide who to use

Sadly, there are criminals who see your misfortune as an opportunity to gain money. Do not give out your full name or address. If you receive a tip about your lost dog, do not send money until you have your dog back in your arms. Never go alone to pick up your dog from a stranger. Bring along one or more friends, and tell others where you are going. If it sounds like blackmail then notify your local police Dept.


Scam #2 - Search Dogs / Pet Detectives

We often get asked about tracking dog services for missing dogs.  Some of these services are good, some are not so good and some are out and out scams. They will cost many hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars depending on where they are located and the distance they have to travel. Most will also charge an initial phone consultation fee.  Some services will require that you purchase extra products like flyers and signs from them. Before you hire a tracking dog service to help find your missing dog, please do your homework.  Here are some key points to consider:

 Some people find this a perfect opportunity to get money from someone in a state of panic and confusion by asking for an exorbitant amount of money for their services to help find your dog, They may tell you they have a scent dog, a search dog or a tracking dog and for X-amount of dollars they will have their dog "search" for your lost pet. If this is the case use caution when interviewing them

Some tracking dog services, lost pet services and pet detectives prey on the distraught owner by making unsolicited contact with them from their missing dog flyers.  Be VERY careful. Many of these are scams, or at the very least – very expensive services that do what you can do yourself for a fraction of the cost. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stay calm, do your research and spend your money wisely.

  Generating sightings is the key to a successful recovery. Consider how many flyers, signs, newspaper ads or even Facebook ads could be purchased with the money you would spend on a expensive tracking dog service.  According to the experts your chances will increase with proper technique and good decision making. Remember, your lost dog is depending on you to bring him safely home.



#3 Pet Psychics - Scam or Not?

Pet Psychics- like any other business has Good & Bad If you are being charged for this service to find a lost pet its probably a scam if not then its just advise and its up to the pet owner how to use the advise that is given to them.

On the Scam side: you may get a post or e-mail saying " I lost my dog several Months ago and I used this Pet Psychic and I had my dog back in 30 hours" The e-mail or post may be from the pet psychic themselves using an alternate e-mail address, some even work in groups. Being you are in a state desperation they know what to say and do to pray on the owner of the lost pet being they are in a week frame of mind. We have used their advice in the past ourselves but with no results,



 On the legitimate side: My own personal belief is there is NO legitimate side, however a psychic will usually offer their services for free when it comes to lost pets and children and if you follow what they tell you and do not use common sense methods you will be setting yourself up for disaster. To prove my point I have set up 2 pages one on Facebook on 1/31/2013 (Pet Psychic Challenge) and one on our website (Pet Psychic Invitation) I have contacted over 200 People that claim to be Pet Psychics to help find 6 lost Dogs and NOT ONE has come forward with information

See how some psychics do Cold Readings to gain your confidence and may even cover themselves by saying "I'm telling your lost pet to show themselves", what this does is cover all aspects in case someone finds your pet the Pet Psychic will say its because they told the pet to do so.  "See how Pet Psychics work" and "Do Pet Psychics Work" from The Dog Trainer or just Google: Are Pet Psychic Scammers? and see what you come up with. In my opinion forget the pet psychics that want to charge you and spend your money on something that is proven to work - Lost Pet Amber Alert or Find Toto Some people may find comfort in seeking out a psychic but my opinion is not to stop searching and use the techniques outlined on How to conduct a search page. On the other side of the coin, any information given to you by a Pet Psychic or Pet Communicator should be kept in memory while you continue your search and don't base your search solely on the Psychics words.

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