The United States has the highest rate of pet ownership in the world, with 65% of all households having at least one non-human family member. Worryingly, an estimated 1 in 3 of these pets go missing – ten million every year – and many never find their way home.
Inspector Spot – The World’s First Virtual Pet Detective – is set to change that as they launch in the United States this week. Inspector Spot’s system recognizes that most lost pet websites and social media pages do not give pet owners the full range of tools they need to successfully locate their pets.
“Most lost pet sites only focus on one part of the missing pet puzzle” says Certified Pet Detective Megan Denize. “They post on social media or phone and fax people in the local area. While this makes pet owners feel like they’re doing everything they can to find their pet, in reality these systems need to do much more to be truly effective.”
Inspector Spot takes a different approach. It is the first system in the world to combine decades of research into missing pet behavior with a powerful advertising system and a dedicated team of virtual pet detectives to provide a highly personalized lost pet recovery system.
Inspector Spot’s system:
- Gives pet owners the support of a virtual pet detective to help guide the search for their missing pet.
- Helps pet owners to pinpoint precisely where their pet is most likely to be, based on each pet’s species, its personality, the area it went missing from and the circumstances of its disappearance.
- Instantly produces professionally designed Lost and Found posters for their pet.
- Immediately distributes copies of each pet’s poster to vets, animal hospitals, rescue groups, shelters and other pet related businesses up to 300 square miles from the location the pet was last seen.
- Immediately sets up online Facebook and Google Advertisements, targeting people up to 300 square miles from the location the pet was last seen.
- Electronically matches lost and found pets, and alerts both parties if the system finds two animals that potentially match.
“Understanding animal behavior is critical to locating missing pets, but lost pet websites are simply not providing this expertise” says Denize.
“The way you locate a missing cat vs a missing dog is very different. The distance they are likely to travel and where they are likely to be found varies by species, is influenced by that pet’s personality and by the circumstances under which they went missing. Inspector Spot delivers this expertise by giving pet owners access to a dedicated pet detective to help them pinpoint where their pet is most likely to be.
“Acting quickly is also critical. Inspector Spot’s system instantly alerts members of the community every time a pet goes missing. This part of the system is completely automated so there is no down time, even if a pet owner needs help at 3am. It is the only system of its kind, anywhere in the world.”
It’s a unique combination of services that Denize knows well. Her background as an Internationally Award-Winning Marketing Director provides the foundation of Inspector Spot’s advertising system. And her dedication to fostering animals in need, combined with her training as a Certified Pet Detective, has provided a wealth of knowledge in the behavior of missing animals. She has fostered more than 100 cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens and ducklings in the last few years.
That unique skill set became the cornerstone of Inspector Spot’s virtual pet detection system – a system that was piloted in New Zealand for three years before being brought into the United States.
Inspector Spot’s services are FREE for pets that have been members of Inspector Spot for 30 days or more and are FREE for rescue organizations or members of the public wishing to issue a Found Pet Alert. Alternatively, a $95 search fee applies for non-members who wish to search for a missing pet.
Annual membership costs $20 per year and includes birthday, adoption day and Christmas cards plus email reminders when it’s time for flea treatment, worming tablets and time to visit the vet.