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Specializing in Missing Pets
Professional Pet Detectives specializing in the location and recovery of missing animals 

 Participating Investigators in the network are licensed and  bound by the requirements enforced in the states where they are licensed. Most states require extensive background checks, fingerprinting and strict adherence to the statutes, laws and regulations of the licensing agency in the respective states. 
 As individuals and as a professional group, we recognize that we have a duty to our clients to conduct ourselves professionally, ethically and within the law. The families and pet owners experiencing the crisis of a pet gone missing, deserve the best the industry has to offer. MAIA was founded on this premise and for just this purpose.


email Karin TarQwyn

Call: 888-569-5775
Pet detectives hot line 

Karin TarQwyn
Licensed Private Investigator since 2005 

CA license #PI 28194  - Nebraska...license #656 -  Florida License # C1700085  A 1700050  - Missouri License # 2014 012295 - Iowa  #112638 & # 1557NE

Specializing in Lost Dogs

K9PI Web site

Lost Pet Professionals Web site

pet detectives Angie Rutherford

Pet Detectives Specialize in Lost Dogs

Angie Rutherford
Licensed Private Investigator since 2015 

Arkansas CMPY .0002390 REP.0004733 


Specializing in Lost Dogs

Call: 888-569-5775
pet detectives hot line 

Lost Pet Professionals Web site

pet detectives K9 Olivia

Call: 888-569-5775
pet detectives 

Pat Totillo
Licensed Private Investigator since 2015 

Licensed Private Investigator State of Florida  # C1700061
  #A 1700050

Specializing in Lost Dogs and Cats

Pet Detectives Specialize in Lost Dogs and Cats

Lost Pet Professionals Web site

K9 pet detectives

Pet Detectives Specialize in Lost Dogs and Cats

Judy Britton
Licensed Private Investigative Agency

Specializing in Lost Dogs and Cats

  • Qualified Tracking Dog TEAM 
  • Available to travel west coast and Pacific Northwest
  • Judy's Credentials and History
  • MASDN Qualified
  • Certified SAR Handler and Evaluator

Lost Pet Trackers Web site

Pet Detectives Brenda Basiley with Ringo

Call: 888-569-5775

Brenda Basiley
Licensed Private Investigator
Lic. #CC 1700148 A 1700050 

Specializing in Lost Dogs and Cats

Lost Pet Web site

FYI... the Pet Detectives Dillemma
by Karin TarQwyn
Private Investigator Specializing in Missing Pets
President Lost Pet Professionals, LLC 
What are Pet Detectives?  Are They All the Same?

 Pet Detectives... Jim Carrey and ‘Ace Ventura' made us famous but the work is very serious.

  In 1994, the series of movies made famous by Jim Carrey hit theaters and the phrase pet detectives sky rocketed into the English language. It was initially associated with "the silly" but over the years, the phrase pet detectives would transform and take on an entirely new meaning.


Pet Detectives, Inc.

In 2005, when I switched my investigative agency from humans to missing animals, I decided to name my company Pet Detectives, Inc. The phrase although popular, was not being used seriously by anyone involved in missing pets. I took a chance on using the phrase because frankly I could find no other moniker that explained what I did. The risk turned out to be worth it, and over the next few years I was able to overcome the comedy of the phrase pet detectives and begin to establish credibility as my repurposed title took on a new meaning in a new industry.


Fast forward a few years...

An organization that had been training lost pet consultants began to use the term pet detectives for their training. I opted to stop using the term. However, the term, "pet detectives" was now forever ingrained in popular culture as someone who looks for lost pets.


Not just any Ace

Today, when a pet goes missing many pet owners google "pet detectives" as they search for someone who can help them find their lost pet. Many, however, may not understand the difference between a professional when compared to a hobbyist. Those that do this work professionally can be lumped in with those who have limited or no experience finding lost pets.


Getting help from pet detectives... or anyone.

When a pet goes missing, pet owners should consider many factors before allowing anyone to help them in the search for their missing family member. I have re-worked countless cases where the pet owner was sent in the wrong direction by well meaning "pet detectives" or volunteers. In some cases, free help can turn out be the most expensive. In one case it resulted in the death of the missing dog while in many others, the time wasted in those first crucial days and weeks resulted in wasted efforts as the families were sent in the wrong direction based on the lack of training and experience of self imposed pet detectives.

 Here is a link to an article about  pet detectives  as well as situations to be aware of.


The Missing Animal Investigators of America (MAIA) is a private and independent resource made available to the public. The private investigators and pet detectives featured are Independent Contractors who work on an independent basis in different parts of the U.S. and Canada. MAIA, its Founders, participants or others who may participate or assist are released from all liability for damages or loss of any kind arising from the use or performance of said Independent Contractors or this web site. MAIA makes no representations, warranties and there are no guarantees either expressed or implied as to the success or results in the location and recovery of a missing animal. MAIA and/or its participants assume no responsibility for the services provided by the independent contractors featured.