Detective Finds Lost Cats

Trained for lost animal search and rescue situations, Kim Freeman spends her days finding missing cats for heartbroken pet parents.

By Colleen Supan | Posted: July 17, 2014, 12 p.m. EDT

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Lost Cat Detective
Lost-cat finder Kim Freeman is trained in lost cat search and rescue, animal tracking and is very knowledgeable in lost-cat behavior. Photos courtesy of Kim Freeman
Lost Cat Detective
Freeman, a cat detective, makes house calls if you need help finding your lost kitty.
Lost-cat finder Kim Freeman is trained in lost cat search and rescue, animal tracking and is very knowledgeable in lost-cat behavior. Photo courtesy of Kim Freeman

If you've lost your beloved cat or kitten and have nowhere left to turn, you might want to give Kim Freeman, a "cat detective” from Austin, Texas, a call. For a small fee, she'll come to your neighborhood and help you search for your little furry one.

Freeman's story started in 2006 in a training class with former K-9 Bloodhound handler and police officer Kathy "Kat” Albrecht. Albrecht used to track down missing people with her dogs, and then she realized she could help those with missing animals, and started the Missing Pet Partnership. The Missing Pet Partnership is a nonprofit organization that works to educate people on community-based lost pet services. Freeman took Albrecht's course and thought she would wait until she could get a Bloodhound to start using her newfound talent. In 2008, Freeman's cat went missing, and she used the techniques she learned from the Missing Pet Partnership to find her.

Being a pet detective that specializes in finding missing cats has brought her much joy. "It's extremely gratifying to reunite  lost cats with their loving owners. I truly love this work being able to help felines all over the world,” Freeman says.

Freeman's website not only has free helpful tips as well as many purchasable options for those who need help finding their lost kitten. You can get "The Lost Cat Book Search Guide,” a Lost Cat Kit, in-person advice and equipment or an in-person neighborhood search, where Freeman will investigate environments and different areas you may have overlooked.

The first thing most people who lose their cat do is panic. But, according to Freeman, that's not a good start. "The first thing they need to know is what not to do.” Freeman continues, "Do not put food out. Everyone is worried their cat is going to starve, but it's actually the worst thing you can do.”

The next thing you might think to do is walk around the neighborhood calling out your cat's name. "This can draw the cat away from your home,” Freeman explains. "Their instinct is to hide when they're lost, so calling actually does more harm.”

The search guide found on the Lost Cat Finder Web site is where Freeman suggests you start because it is a guide that walks you through all of the steps she walks through as a pet detective.

Do you have a foolproof method of finding your cat when he or she has taken off on an adventure without your permission?

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Susan    Austin, TX

4/14/2015 9:19:32 AM

Kim is amazing - and cat detective Henry is equally awesome. She's convinced me that lost cats are truly recoverable if owners are willing to put in the effort. She's got the techniques!

Hillary    Iselin, NJ

4/14/2015 9:14:42 AM

I'm one of Kim's clients. If it wasn't for her guiding me and helping me, I wouldn't have found my cat and brought him home. Thank you Kim for all you do to help us find out lost cats.

David    Austin, TX

4/14/2015 4:08:33 AM

Kim has helped many lost cats and their guardians to be reunited!

Inez    Round Rock, TX

4/13/2015 8:28:55 PM

This is such an interesting and well written story. I hope we will be hearing more about Kim's success stories.

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