If you need help finding your missing pet, you may want to find a trained Missing Animal Response (MAR) Technician (also commonly referred to as a “pet detective”). Missing Pet Partnership’s Missing Animal Response (MAR) Technicians are fee-based, professional pet detectives trained in the science of how, when, and where to search for lost pets. MAR Technicians learn how to solve lost-pet investigations using the same law enforcement-based investigative techniques used to solve lost-person investigations. This includes the use of CSI-type techniques, such as deductive reasoning, search probability theory, deception detection, behavioral profiling to predict distances that lost pets travel, and utilization of high-tech equipment (search cameras, amplified listening devices, and humane traps with baby monitors). In addition, MAR Technicians are trained how to collect and analyze physical evidence, how to use DNA testing and forensic anthropologists to solve cases, how to use presumptive blood testing to analyze suspected kill sites, and how to identify wildlife tracks and scat (e.g., coyote droppings, owl pellets).
As of January 2015, there were three MAR certified Technicians in Texas. They are: