The Purpose ... your Goal
This is a technique adapted from the law enforcement arena. The purpose of the card is to establish a confirmed sighting
of your pet.
When a caller
or witness notifies you that they believe they have seen your dog, it is important to remember that in most cases they have
seen the animal only briefly and are trying to recreate the memory with the help of a photo they have seen of the pet.
The caller wants to help you and genuinely wants this to be your pet so they can rejoice in your happy ending. For this
reason it is important to have a way to verify that the pet the witness saw was in fact your pet. This is the technique
we recommend when a TRACKING DOG TEAM or Scent Detection Dog Team is not on the case or has not been brought in.
The Scent Detection dogs are the best way to confirm sightings as they are trained
to alert on scent as well as to tell us when the scent of a particular animal is or is not in the area.
Designing the card
It is best
to use a card or sheet of paper with the photos of at least five different cats on it that resemble your pet. One of
the photos will be your pet but the photo on the card should not be the same photo that is on your signs or fliers.
The photo you use on the card may even be from a different angle or side.
When designing a line-up card we generally go to the Internet to find pets that are of a similar
color and size to the pet we are looking for. I generally prefer to use
the Google Image search engine. Use a keyword for a breed or similar description that resembles your dog
or her color. It is easy to copy and paste the different photos to a word document and then print it out.
Your card need not be fancy and can be laminated or covered
in plastic. You will use it to show to witnesses to help determine if they have in fact
seen your cat. You will not need many of these cards as you will NOT leave them with people. They are for identification purposes