Detect-A-Pet
Professional Lost Pet Recovery Services
215-997-2687

Cat Services
For The
Lost, Missing, Stray & Feral Cat

Detect-A-Pet provides a variety of services relating to Lost, Missing, Stray, and Feral Cats.
 
Whether you're in need of a full compliment of recovery services for a Lost Indoor Cat, desire a consultation for the Missing Outdoor-Access Cat, or require special trapping services for Stray and Feral Cats, whatever your needs may be, I'm here to help.

"I prayed alot and truely believe Steve was the answer to my prayers. Jo is home and safe because of Steve. I am forever grateful!"
        ~Jennifer Kane

Recommended
Services Grouped by Scenario

For your convenience, services are categorized in this section
based on the needs of your missing cat scenario.
 
Find the statement that best matches your current situation.
The most critically essential services are listed first, as well as
other services which may be valuable to your needs.
 
A detailed of explanation of what each service entails is described farther down
on the page in the section entitled "Individual Services Described in Detail".
 
 
*** Discounts are available when requesting packaged services ***

If your Indoor Cat Has Been Missing Less Than 5 Days, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Consultation, with On-Going Telephone Support
  • Camera Rental Service for Night Surveillance
  • Flyer Design Service
 
  • First Time to Home Time Professional Trapping Service
 
Additional Services That May Be Beneficial To Your Needs:
  • Flyer Distribution Service
  • Poster Design Service
  • Poster Creation Service
  • Poster Distribution Service

If your Indoor Cat Has Been Missing Between 5 & 18 Days, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Consultation, with On-Going Telephone Support
  • Camera Rental Service for Night Surveillance
 
  • First Time to Home Time Professional Trapping Service
 
  • Flyer Design Service
  • Poster Design Service
  • Poster Creation Service
 
Additional Services That May Be Beneficial To Your Needs:
  • Flyer Distribution Service
  • Poster Distribution Service

If your Indoor Cat Has Been Missing More Than 18 Days, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Consultation, with On-Going Telephone Support
  • On-Site Evaluation & Advanced Personal Instruction
  • Camera Rental Service for Night Surveillance
 
  • First Time to Home Time Professional Trapping Service
 
  • Flyer Design Service
  • Poster Design Service
  • Poster Creation Service
 
Additional Services That May Be Beneficial To Your Needs:
  • Flyer Distribution Service
  • Poster Distribution Service

If your Outdoor-Access Cat Has Gone Missing, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Consultation, with On-Going Telephone Support
  • Flyer Design Service
  • Poster Design Service
  • Poster Creation Service
 
Additional Services That May Be Beneficial To Your Needs:
  • Camera Rental Service for Night Surveillance
  • First Time to Home Time Professional Trapping Service
  • Specialized Capture Services
  • Flyer Distribution Service
  • Poster Distribution Service

If your Cat is Missing Somewhere Inside of Your Home, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Consultation, with On-Going Telephone Support

If you are in need of Help To Catch a Stray, Feral, or Other Extremely Trap-Shy Cat, then the following Services will best meet your needs:

Critically Essential Services:
  • Specialized Capture Services

    Transforming Heartbreak Into
    Happy Homecomings

    Individual Services Described in Detail

    Consultation By Phone: $75

    Get Critical Knowledge Now and Make Your Efforts Count, Knowledge is the Key to Bringing Your Cat Home.
     
    If you want to take action on your own, a consultation is the best way to get started.

    I will be happy to talk with you about your lost cat situation and to
    provide you with reassuring, yet vital knowledge to help you act effectively
    in your search. After talking with me, I assure you, you will be informed and
    empowered with (at least) the following items:
     
    Benefits to a Consultation:
     
    • Get an organized plan of action
    • Learn about your missing cat's expected behavior
    • Understand environmental influences
    • Understand the methods of detection
    • Understand the aspects of recovery
    • Learn how your cat will cope with the weather
    • Get answers to all of your questions
    • Receive unlimited telephone support
     
    During our conversation, be prepared to discuss the following topics:
     
    • The escape scenario -- when, why, how your cat became lost
    • Your cat's personality, lifestyle and living environment
    • Your cat's history and prior learned behaviors
    • Your cat's state of health
    • The efforts you have made to locate your lost cat
    • The environment where your cat is lost
     
    At the conclusion of our conversation, you will be able to do the following:
     
    • Act effectively on your own in your search
    • Implement an action plan immediately
    • Know when to hire professional help
    • Comprehend the individual phases and the overall recovery process
    Testimonial
     
    I called a couple of nights ago frantic about my lost indoor cat. I live in Philadelphia in a very urban environment, and after a few days of searching knew that there was going to be a very difficult task ahead. Steve returned my call and helped me create a plan to try and lure my cat back using a scent trail and strategic search. He was extremely patient, knowledgeable, and helpful- above all else he understood my anxiety and helped calm me down. I was delighted to find my cat returned to my backyard this morning :). I really don't think we would have been reunited without Steve's advice. Thanks so much!
     
    ~Caity Tingo

    Camera Surveillance Services: $95

    You’ve left out a bowl of food and are hopeful that your lost cat is eating the food, but how do you know for sure what animal, such as your cat, or any other animal, such as resident wildlife, are capitalizing on your free food? Camera Surveillance is the answer.
     
    "There is nothing better for building and advancing
    a recovery strategy than definitive photographic evidence".

    Camera Rental Service
     
    This service provides you with three (3) motion activated night vision cameras
    for monitoring your food placements, 24/7. I will deliver the camera(s) to
    your location, help you with setup, and provide instructions on how you can review the photographs on your computer.
     
    You will have the all the equipment necessary to make surveillance a convenient process. Saves you the time, effort, and substantial expense of purchasing the equipment and the hassle of the learning curve.
     
    Day in, day out, you will be able to monitor your feeding stations and review the photos all on your own.
     
    • Camera Rental Package Pricing: Three cameras for a three week period, $95 (Prorated for early returns)
    • Delivery and pickup fee applies, based on miles/tolls to destination.
    Let the Camera Be Your Eyes In the Dark of Night!
    Cats can see in the dark – actually your missing cat will prefer the dark of night for exploration. We as humans do not see well in the dark; let technology be the solution, the night vision cameras are essential for detecting your cat.

    Testimonial
     
    A true hero! This man is amazing! Truly committed to his life's mission and way too modest to accept the accolades that he deserves! Steve, you will always hold a special place in my heart. "THANK YOU" seems inadequate.
     
    ~Marilu Phillipp Devone

    Flyer & Poster Services

    Flyers and Posters are essential tools for generating feedback from your neighbors and area residents. The eyes and voices of the public are everywhere all at once; that is your most prevalant resource.
     
    Don't let a single sighting go unreported; gain the information you need about your missing cat’s whereabouts through effective use of flyers and posters.

    Flyer Services
     
    Flyer Design Service

    Design and Format an 8.5x11 Flyer with Your Cat's Information. PDF master file sent to your email.
     
    Design Fee: $20
     
     
    Flyer Distriubtion Service
     
    This is an on-site service where I will distribute flyers door-to-door to a specific set of streets/residents based on the current advertising/awareness needs of your situation.
     
    Color Flyers: 0.52 ea
    Distribution Fee*: $25 per hour ($50 min)
     
    *subject to travel fee based on miles traveled.
    Poster Services
     
    Key Features of Posters:
    *** Design & Format are a Detect-A-Pet Original Innovation ***
     
    • Large Overall Dimensions - Appropriately sized for street display
    • 60% Larger than the typical 11x17 poster offered by other organziations
    • Highly visible and eye catching - Constructed with bright fluorescent colors for maximum attention
    • Easy to Read - Printed with large lettering, visible from moving vehicles
    • Easy to Understand - Text is message focused, written to the point
    • Weather resistant - withstands the heat, cold, moisture, and wind
    • Energy saver - Your time goes into finding your pet, not fabricating posters
    • Smart Investment - Low cost solution with high value benefits
     
    Poster Creation Service

    Posters completely assembled and ready for distribution, delivered to your door.
     
    Qty                      Price/ Unit Cost
    20.........................$60 ($3.00 ea)
     
    (Sold in lots of 20)
     
    Delivery Options and Fees:
    • Direct delivery (subject to travel fee based on miles traveled).
    • Shipping via UPS (subject to UPS shipping fees).
     
    Poster Distribution Service

    This is an on-site service where I will distribute posters, placed on street poles, based on the current advertising/awareness needs of your situation.

    Distribution Fee*: $25 per hour ($50 min)


     
    *subject to travel fee based on miles traveled.
     

    First Time to Home Time Trapping Service: $125

    What is "First Time to Home Time" Trapping?
     
    Wouldn't it be fabulous to know that the first time a trap was set for your missing indoor cat that your kitty would ultimately be caught that very same night and be home safe before morning?
     
    This is not only the aim of the First Time to Home Time  Trapping Service, it is the likely outcome backed by a 96% success record on night #1, 100% by night #2.
     
    (some prerequisites must be met before a trap will be set)

    Trapping, Capture and Recovery strategies are the cornerstone of my business.
     
    This is where it all comes together, finally bringing your cat home!
     
    Every bit of knowledge, every plan, and every task were all chosen and implemented to strategically progress forward in order to ultimately culminate in a successful capture and homecoming for your cat.

    Testimonial
     
    THANK YOU, STEVE HAGEY!!! You are an absolute genius! When Judy and I were ready to give up, you got involved and brought Smokey back to us!!! She was missing for 2 1/2 weeks. We thought she was gone forever. What you did, in our eyes, is nothing short of a miracle. We cannot thank you enough!!!!!!! You are a calming presence, which helped both of us get through a distressing time. Thank you so much. We are eternally in your debt!!
     
    ~Gary Johnson
    When it comes time to trap your cat, why take risks?
     
    The humane trap – a wire metal cage with a foot plate trigger – is the
    default tool for most pet owners, volunteers, and most other professionals,
    for trapping cats, but there is a catch...and it's not your cat...
     
    I concede that it is cheap to purchase and easy to setup, but those
    conveniences come with a bigger price – risk! The conventional humane
    trap has several disadvantages, including the reality that your missing cat
    is unlikely to enter the trap on their first visit -- maybe not at all.
     
    If you would like to expedite and insure your cat’s homecoming; I offer the
    First Time to Home Time trapping service, which has a proven history with
    phenomenal success: with my method, 96% of missing indoor cats have been
    recovered on the first trapping night, and the remaining 4%, home within
    two nights. That's 100% success for you and your cat! (Prerequisites Required).
     
    • On-Site Trapping for the Lost Indoor Cat: $125
    • A travel fee applies, based on miles/tolls to destination.
     
    *If trapping requires more than one night, there is no additional charge for multiple nights  of effort. A travel fee does apply.
    **Prerequistes required: 1) Photo evidence required establishing your cats presence. 2) Cat must pass the Anxiety-Appetite Test.
     
     
    Note: For strays, ferals, and trap-wise cats, please see Specialized Capture Services described below.
     
    Stray and Feral cats
    can be some of the toughest cats
    you will ever try to catch.
     
    Survival isn't just about being 'smart', it's
    about being naturally 'skeptical' too.
     
    When it comes to catching that way too
    cautious cat, my Specialized Capture
    Service can help!

    Specialized Capture Services

    Is your cat wary of a trap or reluctant to enter?
     
    Are you trying to catch a crafty feral or stray cat?
     
    What can you do…You know chemical darting is risky,
    you know tranquilizers hidden in food are dangerous and
    problematic, you know nets are expensive and difficult to deploy,
    you know leg traps & snares are illegal. So the question remains,
    “How do you catch your cat, which you can see and feed but can’t quite reach out and touch"?

    Testimonial
     
    Steve said to me if you want to catch a cat, you have to think like a cat....WOW! On 4/9/15, Steve made the 2.5 hour ride to catch our crafty mom and Tom feral cats. These two evaded every trap and trapper for 5+ years. He caught them. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable and smart, patient and caring person. He catered this trapping to the topography of the land, which is extremely rocky. He used top notch electronics that proved to be very effective. If you have a crafty feral, lost dog or cat please give Steve a call and watch the magic!
     
    ~Jacki Martini
     
     
     
     
    My Specialized Capture Services were designed precisely
    for this scenario involving the shy, skittish, wary, “trap smart” cat.
     
    Based on your cat’s behavior pattern, feeding routine, profile,
    and environmental factors, I can devise a capture plan and recover
    your cat.
     
    I rate capture scenarios based on the complexity demand by your
    cat in order to achieve success. There are five levels of complexity.
     
    Rates are quoted per individual scenario. Please call to discuss your specific situation.

    Packaged Services
    For Your Convenience

    Packaged Services
     
    Help You Save Money While
     
    You're Saving Your Cat!

    Wouldn’t it be great if recovering your missing cat was as easy as doing simple math?
     
    Your Dedication + Night Vision Cameras + Detect-A-Pet Trapping = Homecoming Reunion!
     
    Well, it can really be that simple. Combine your dedication, some specialized equipment, and my expertise, then you will have the very best and absolutely most reliable system for recovering a lost indoor cat; this isn’t a sales pitch, it is the simple undeniable truth.

    Testimonial
     
    We brought our two beloved indoor-only cats outside for a taste of fresh air. In a split second, our female cat, Minnie, escaped from her harness and ran into the woods behind our home. There are no words to express the panic and helplessness we felt.
     
    It was such a skilled operation: we met with Steve on Tuesday, and by Thursday night we had Minnie back in our arms. There are no words to express our heartfelt gratitude to Steve for his compassion, positive reinforcement, diligence and hard work. Should you be going through the same unfortunate circumstance, we cannot implore you enough to call Steve at Detect-A-Pet. Don’t waste the time we did by trying to do it on your own. We know that Minnie is only home due to his efforts. Our only regret was not calling Detect-A-Pet sooner. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
     
    -Alex & Jamie Mercado,       
    Verona, NJ

    Lost One Day...
    Surveillance Another...
     

    Home the Next!
     

    The Following Service Packages Help You Save $$$
     
     
    Popular Package #1
     
    • Consultation (Normally $75)
    • Camera Rental Service (Normally $95)
     
    Package Price: $145 (Savings: $25)
     
     
     
    Popular Discount #1
     
    Obtain any on-site service and receive an additional $25 discount on the First Time to Home Time Trapping Service when it comes time to trap your cat.
     
    • First Time to Home Time Trapping Service (Normally $125)
     
    Price After Discount: $100 (Savings: $25)

    Service Exceptions & Terms
     
    Service Restrictions
     
    For best results, services must 'fit' appropriately with the conditions of your missing cat scenario. Most on-site services available tend to yield the best results in suburban environments, and reasonable results in rural locales. Services are less likely to be effective or even practical in urban envrionments due to the consequence of high human activity or lack of access to secure private property.

    Payment Terms
     
    Payment is expected at time of service. For services that are expected to take more than one day to complete, such as specialized capture services, a 50% deposit is required. Remaining charges are billed weekly or upon the completion of all services, which ever comes first. Complete payment is expected at the conclusion of all services.
     
    Please be advised that you are paying for effort, not necessarily success. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances beyond all human control and that means there are no guarantees of results. (Exceptions are made if trapping guarantee is applicable).
     
    Methods of Payment
     
    For Consultations, Posters, and Deposits ordered by phone,
    payment accepted via paypal or by credit card (Visa, MC, Disc).
     
    For On-site Services, payment accepted via cash, check,
    paypal, or by credit card (Visa, MC, Disc).

    Note: All Services Subject to Current Availability and Scheduling Committments.