PET PI Lost Pet Specialists

Helpful information to help find a Lost Cat provided by Florida Pet Investigators at PET PI

  • Contact local Veterinarians, Animal Emergency Clinics, Rescue Organizations and pet related businesses to make them aware your pet is missing. Email, fax or deliver a flyer.  

  • Call authorities responsible for deceased animal removal from roadways every other day. (This information can be obtained by calling Animal Control or Animal Shelters within your area).

  •  Thoroughly CONTINUE TO SEARCH within the neighborhood or area your pet went missing. Knock on all doors and advise neighbors and businesses you are still missing your cat. If not previously given, provide them with a flyer. Ask for permission to search their premises again.

  • PLEASE answer phone calls and investigate all reported sightings. (Some people do not like leaving messages).

  • Keep a JOURNAL record all sightings. Include the person's name, phone number, date of sighting and sighting location.

  • Consider using Every Door Direct Mail(EDDM). A service provided by the U.S. Postal Service, designed to send mail directly to specific areas or locations, reaching every home.

  • My CONSULTATION SERVICE provides one-on-one guidance and instruction in your search. Each lost pet case is individually profiled, aerial views studied then a strategic plan of action is discussed ensuring that you are searching for your cat as I normally would in the most effective method possible.

  • If your cat is missing in the Volusia and Flagler County area i can provide a thorough Search of the area where your cat went missing, set-up and monitor luring equipment and provide Humane Trapping Services. For more information please see RECOVERY SERVICES.


  • When making posters, flyers or postings…keep 1 obvious identifier out of the information. When someone calls claiming to have your pet, ask questions pertaining to that particular identifier so you will know for sure it is your pet.

  • NEVER wire money to someone claiming to have your pet unless you are absolutely positive and have absolute proof they have your pet and it is not a scam.

  • Always have someone accompany you when meeting a stranger to pick up your pet and try to meet in a very public location. 

Please remember to take care of yourself, try to rest, think encouraging thoughts and regroup when needed. Jeopardizing your health will not help you or your pet.

  • PLACE FLYERS at all local businesses that will allow. 

  • Advertise that your cat is lost: include the best picture or description of your cat, location lost and best contact information on all possible social and media venues available. Such as Newspapers, Craigslist, Facebook, Nextdoor Neighbor App, Pawboost (Free), Twitter etc. If your cat is missing within the Volusia and Flagler County area and you have a Facebook account place a post to the following pages:   

Under normal circumstances, an "Outdoor Access" cat would know how to come home.

Here are several routine possibilities that could occur that may lead to an outdoor access cat's disappearance which may also help in determining what might have happened and how to search: possibly sick, scared, disoriented, injured, trapped, contained, unintentionally transported, intentionally transported, chased by a person and/or animal or simply visiting with neighbors. If a cat is sick, injured or has been chased and scared by someone or something he/she will most likely hide in silence somewhere within their normal territory unless scared away farther.

I recommend performing a thorough search of your cat's normal territory. Go door to door a
sk permission to search neighboring yards, empty lots and business properties of the area your cat went missing in case he/she is sick, injured or trapped. Begin your search in the immediate area where your cat went missing, working outwards in a 1 to 7 property radius. Search "YOURSELF….METHODICALLY"... every square inch! Look in ALL possible hiding and under sheds, under porches/houses, bushes, in trees, woodpiles, critter holes, garages & etc. When calling for your cat, use your happy indoor voice. Each time you call his or her name…stop and listen for a very faint sound before proceeding. Use a high-powered 2 million candlepower spot light while searching into and under everything and anything….EVERYWHERE! Keep your eyes open for any signs of hair on the ground, attached to fences, bushes and around the openings of hiding areas.

Provide flyers to all Postal Carriers, Delivery personnel, waste collectors and contractors working in the area your cat went missing.

If you have not found your cat after performing this methodical search… expand your search radius farther. Consider placing a wildlife camera with night vision capabilities and a feeding station at areas of possible sightings when these sightings occur. (Most Walmart Supercenters carry wildlife cameras in the Sporting Goods department). Obtain tye property owner’s permission prior to trespassing on private property! 

When you have established that your Cat is in a certain area, spend time sitting near this area talking to your cat using your soft, indoor happy voice as if your cat was in the house sitting in front of you. Even talking to someone calmly on the phone for long periods in this area has helped to make a cat feel comfortable enough to eventually allow them to come out of hiding.  Make sure to bring some of their favorite treats with you. consider gaining access to a Humane Trap if your Cat will not come to you.

HUMANE TRAP: Ask your local Animal Control agency or Animal Shelter to borrow or rent a trap, you can also purchase a trap at your local pet or hardware store. Ace Hardware and Harbor Freight sells traps inexpensively. Make sure the trap is big enough for your cat!!! Test and re-test the trap several times prior to setting, make certain there are no defects and it will work properly when your cat does enter! Upon catching your cat...DO NOT OPEN THE TRAP to release your cat until you have the trap in a secure, contained environment!

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Your cat will most likely want to eat a lot
Feed only small portions in intervals each hour and have your cat examined by a Veterinarian as soon as possible to make certain your cat is not suffering from dehydration or bacterial and parasitic infections.​​

How to find my lost cat


  • If your pet has a Microchip, call the manufacturer to ensure your contact information is correct.

  • PHYSICALLY go to and walk throughout all local Animal Shelters to look for your cat. (Most Animal shelters in Volusia County have a stray hold policy of only 72 hours! After 72 hours the animal becomes the property of the shelter allowing the animal to be adopted, transferred into a Rescue Organization or euthanized). Inquire concerning your local animal shelters stray hold policy and physically check the shelter accordingly. PLEASE DO NOT rely on just calling the shelter, most shelter staff answering phones are not aware of every animal located within the shelter at any given time and database information on incoming animals could be incorrect when running a data search.

  • Call your local Animal Control agency and file a "LOST" pet report.

  • POSTER-POSTER-POSTER: Place posters at all intersections, stop signs, entrances and exits of the neighborhood where your cat went missing. Expand poster placement if no leads are produced. Place posters immediately in all areas of possible sightings. Placing posters on the rear and sides of your vehicle can be very effective also.  MAKING POSTERS: Use the best available picture of your cat, crop the picture to show ONLY your cat. Limit the information you place on the Poster/flyer, make your cats picture as big as possible. Place “REWARD” if offering a reward or “LOST CAT”, and your best contact number.

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