Kat Albrecht ( Kathy “Kat” Albrecht) a former police bloodhound handler, crime scene investigator, search-and-rescue manager, and police-officer-turned-investigative pet detective.
Kat also manages the Missing Animal Response Network (www.missinganimalresponse.com), the first-ever online pet detective academy, where she trains and certifies Missing Animal Response Technicians and search dogs to track lost pets.
Since 1997, Kat has solved lost pet investigations by using law enforcement-based techniques and strategies that are normally used to solve lost person investigations. What began as an “experiment” to see whether or not her search dog Rachel could be trained to track lost pets, quickly led to other discoveries.
Kat uses high-tech equipment such as infrared cameras, amplified listening-devices, and search cameras. She pioneered the use of “search probability theory” and deductive reasoning for missing cats and Feline Behavioral Profiling, a system of predicting patterns of feline behavior similar to how FBI profiles criminal behavior.
Kat discovered that behavior is a critical barrier to the recovery of lost pets and has identified predictable patterns of behavior in lost pets such as “The Silence Factor,” “The Threshold Phenomenon,” and “The Lost Pet Triad.”
Kat’s memoir Pet Tracker: The Amazing Story of Rachel the K-9 Pet Detective has received incredible reviews and was a 2017 Silver Medalist for the e-Lit book awards. Available as a softcover, e-book, or audiobook, Pet Tracker tells the inspirational story of Kat’s struggle to make the risky and unusual career change from police detective to pet detective.
Kat was not the first person to train a dog to track lost pets, but she was the first to pioneer the proper application of search dogs for lost pet investigations.
This is based on Kat’s understanding of search-and-rescue dog applications and protocols. Kat determined that cat detection dogs should be used to conduct what is called an “area search” of a cat’s territory for lost cats and “trailing dogs” trained in scent discrimination trailing should be used to follow (track) the scent trail of lost dogs.
She also incorporated the collection and analysis of physical evidence to solve cases, such as using a DNA test on a cat whisker to solve one lost cat investigation and a forensic anthropologist to solve another. She identified “high probability evidence,” such as the accumulation of cat hair fibers on objects that often indicate where a lost cat is likely to be found.