King County animal control agency needs volunteers to find runaway pets

June 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.

Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets. The program aims to reunite separated owners and pets.

“We’re excited to once again join with Missing Pet Partnership to offer this valuable training,” Sarah Luthens, Regional Animal Services of King County volunteer program manager, said in a statement. “And while Mission Reunite will help bring lost pets back together their owners, it’s also important for people to license and microchip their cat or dog. A pet that is licensed and microchipped has a much better chance of being reunited with its owner.”

Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.

The animal control agency is hosting a training session from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent. Volunteers can learn how to give strategic advice to pet owners searching for a lost cat or dog, and how to show pet owners the tools to use to aid in the search.

“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” Regional Animal Services of King County Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”

Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, contact Luthens at or 206-296-3946.

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5 Responses to “King County animal control agency needs volunteers to find runaway pets”

  1. Fifi Tinkerbell on June 28th, 2012 12:29 pm

    What a joke.

    When my dog ran away, I called King County Animal Control several times to report sightings people had reported in real time. First they tried to tell me that “we don’t search for lost pets” (um, what?) and then when I pressed them some more, they said they had no one to send out or couldn’t do it until the next day or so and by then my pet “could be anywhere.”

    And this is after I called them multiple times to tell them boundaries of exactly where my dog had been seen repeatedly. No wonder the rate of return is so low!

  2. Marianne on June 28th, 2012 8:45 pm

    Fifi Tinkerbell- it is not the job of Animal Control to find your lost pet.

    What a waste of money! People needs to keep their pets inside around the 4th of July.

  3. Fifi Tinkerbell on June 29th, 2012 4:27 pm


    If finding lost pets was not something Animal Control was interesting in doing, then why did they run this article?

    Also, if an animal escapes from its home/owners and begins roaming the neighborhood, after some period of time it goes from being a “lost dog” to being a “stray dog.” I do believe it is Animal Control’s job to “control” the stray animal population is it not?

  4. m on July 5th, 2012 12:58 am

    this article would have been more helpful if it at least gave us a clue as to what should be done if you find a lost dog or lost a dog. found a sad dog without a collar today (4th of july) and after a number of calls, found that most vets will scan for a microchip, and some will actually accept a lost dog if you bring it to them. animal control isn’t helpful in any of that process, but at least that is something. get your dogs licensed and microchipped!! and don’t forget to update the contact info in their databases when you move or change numbers.

  5. D on July 7th, 2013 4:33 pm

    M I’ve been searching for my little pitbull mix female, collar was lost in confusion
    She does have a microchip If this sounds like the dog found please contact me at
    206-3711856 thank you

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