Success Stories


Missing: 10/13/20-10/15/20


Cinnamon, a 5 year old Blue heeler, went missing from McGullough Gulch Trail down in Blue River when she ran away when she heard a gun shot. Friends of the owners frantically searched for her and called us right away for help. We gave them our standard search protocols and told them to put out her dog bed and owner's dirty clothes asap. Our AMAZING volunteer Lisa Ferguson hung neon signs right away and flyers were also hung and given out. The next day, she was seen multiple times near Myla Rose lodge. The owner's friends finally saw her, yet she kept running from them since she was in panic survival mode. We coached them on CALMING TECHNIQUES (see pic) and they took our advice and followed every step.  The next day on 10/15, they walked down that dirt road that she was seen on, for about two hours just crinkling the chip bag and singing her name (just as we coached him to) and he saw Cinnamon behind him out of the corner of his eye. So he followed the calming techniques and got down on his knees with his back turned and no eye contact. Cinnamon ran over to his dog and started kissing him. That’s when he turned towards her and she gave him kisses too!! She loves being back home and getting her favorite belly rubs!! GREAT JOB Rich & Doreen!!


Missing: 9/18/20-10/10/20


RUBI IS SAFE after 23 days lost at Heaton Bay Campground off Dillon Dam Rd. John (the owner) contacted us saying he lost his cat while he was moving cross country and stayed over at the campground. Rubi was tethered to him with a harness and collar but when John woke up, Rubi was gone, but the leash and harness were both still there. He spent the day looking for him but eventually had to leave to continue on with his move. He asked if Summit Lost Pet Rescue would help search for him and we agreed. We put his crate with a camera at the campsite they were staying at for a couple weeks and we got nothing. We hung our neon signs (Thank you to our AMAZING volunteer Sherri Martin) and told all the campers but we didn't get any sightings. So we decided to pull our gear and wait for the campground to close. We assumed the campground was too busy for Rubi to come out of hiding, although we still searched all the time for him. Once the campground closed, we then decided to set Rubi's crate exactly where it was the night he disappeared and put our camera back up. Low and behold we got pictures of Rubi that very night. For the next 3 days we got pictures of him along with a big fox who didn’t see to bother him. We decided to set a trap. Since the fox was in the area, we didn’t want to leave the trap unattended so we had volunteers check every 2 hours. At midnight our AMAZING volunteer Tricia Taylor rode her bike in to check the trap, and WE GOT HIM!!! He was skinny, cold and stinky, but Rubi is a survivor and sooooooo sweet. He purred and meowed the whole way back to her house. The next morning we took him to the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter and the AMAZING staff (Thank You!!) took such GREAT care of Rubi until his owner was able to come to town to reunite. We are happy we didn’t give up on him and went back in after they closed, following our instincts. Welcome Home Rubi boy!!!


Missing: 9/27/20-10/2/20


Merlin, an indoor only cat was missing in Breck for 5 days.  Cody & Taylor (the owners) did ALL the right things and did it fast. They passed out flyers immediately all over the neighborhood and our volunteer Lisa helped the hang neon signs, set up a trap and camera. On the 5th day, he came home around 2 am !! They heard him meowing through a baby monitor they set up outside so they could hear him and let him in! Brilliant job by Cody & Taylor!! 


Missing: 9/8/20-9/12/20


Eddie is an indoor/outdoor kitty who has recently become more brave and expanded his outside territory. He normally comes home daily, although this time he didn't return. We reached out to Taryn (the owner) when we saw her missing post on FB.  We assisted her with our search protocols, cameras, flyers, FB campaign and neon signs. After 4 days of adventuring out on his own, he came back at 4:00am and surprised mama!


Missing: 9/9/20- 9/10/20


Pepe the pug went missing while he was visiting family. The family immediately posted on FB and we reached out to them to help. We activated our volunteers who hung flyers and neon signs all over town and assisted with the physical search. The next evening, someone saw Pepe running down the street, pulled over and he hopped in their car. They saw a neon sign and called the owner immediately and he was safely returned!  Neon signs WORK!!! Thanks to our volunteer Jacqueline for getting them out right away!!


Missing: 9/2/20- 9/6/20


Sweet Bella girl went missing in the City Market parking lot and was seen running frantically. Pam, a friend of the owners Nikki & Lakia, shared a lost post on FB right away. We were notified of a sighting of Bella running down behind Qdoba, and we reached out to the owners to give them search protocols and signs. Flyers were made and neon signs were hung right away from our volunteers Jacqueline & Caity. 5 days went by with no sightings at all. Then on the 5th day, they get a call from a fellow neighbor saying that Bella was drinking water on their front porch. They used calming techniques and safely grabbed her and called the owners immediately once they saw a flyer. Bella was SAFE!


Missing: 8/8/20- 8/28/20

Ziva was taken by someone in Dillon and whisked off to Frisco, where she was spotted within the hour. Claire (the owner) called Animal Control right away and her friend posted on FB. We contacted Claire immediately and shared our search tips and protocols. Neon signs and flyers were put up the next morning and our volunteers went out to search. A week goes by with no sightings and then she was spotted on Rainbow Lake trail.  We followed up on that lead but did not see her again. An entire week after that, Claire received a call saying Ziva was picked up and then taken Green Bay, WI. They said they did not report her because they didn't trust Animal Control.  (**It is SO IMPORTANT to call animal control and report a found pet, because somebody is most likely looking for them.)  Long story short, they told Claire that she had to drive to WI to get Ziva back. Thank goodness for good family and friends, because they were able to go get her and return her back home to Claire safely.  WHAT A LONG JOURNEY she had!!  She was SO happy to see her mama when she was reunited.  




Missing: 8/17/20- 8/20/20

Dorito went missing from home and Thea (the owner) quickly made flyers and reached out for help. She did a thorough search in her yard and neighbors yard with no sightings at all. We have been collaborating and training with Bonnie McCririe Hale from Texas Pet Detectives Association while she’s here in Summit! We both have trained with the incredible Kat Albrecht-Thiessen at Missing Animal Response Network!

So on day 4 of Dorito being lost,Thea decided it was time to hire cat detection dog Idabel & Bonnie! We had a very successful cat rescue finding Dorito with Bonnie’s dog Idabel! Dorito was hiding under a shed 3 houses down from home. Idabel trailed his scent to the shed, and we found some cat fur under there. We left a can of cat food there and left the scene. 30 minutes later, Thea went back and sat quietly at the shed and within 2 minutes, Dorito crawled out from the shed and cuddled in her lap. Way to go Idabel and Thea for putting in the effort and staying persistent with the search. Welcome home sweet Dorito kitty!


Missing: 6/4/20- 8/10/20


Nala.... the longest SLPR mission to date. 68 days. Here’s the story. On June 4th Juliet (the owner) was driving west bound on I-70 when she hit a puddle and spun out, rolling her car. Her cat Nala escaped during the medical response. Juliet was rushed to the hospital and emergency crews tried to locate the cat but was unable to. Juliet attempted to try to trap Nala on her own and after a few days she realized that she wasn’t going to be able to. On June 9th, Summit Lost Pet Rescue was notified and sent a team up to the crash site to put 4 unarmed traps and cameras up. On June 10, we got our 1st picture of Nala confirming she was alive. We put sardines and wet cat food out try to keep her in the area but all that did was bring in all sorts of wildlife. Bears, foxes, elk, moose ect. We suspected she went into hiding. We continued to check cameras and threw her normal dry cat food all over the crash site. In hopes she would come out of hiding and eat some of the kibble. 3 weeks went by and Juliet asked us if she should accept that her cat was gone. We said no, lets keep checking. Our gut told us that she went into hiding and that she was still alive. After 5 1/2 weeks, onJuly 17th, we got another sighting of her re-confirming that she WAS still alive!! We decided to pull all the food and try to get wildlife to move on. After a few days all the large wildlife left the area. Sightings of Nala on our trail cameras increased drastically. From only in the middle of the night to mornings and evenings. When she finally acknowledged the traps, we set 4 and volunteers Troy and Kendra Peterson checked them periodically through out the night. After a few days we noticed she was trap shy so we decided to rig the trap doors open to prevent an accidental trigger. After 4 days, we decided she was comfortable enough to re-arm the trap and on August 10th, 2020 at approximately 17:45, Nala was trapped. She slept overnight with Kendra & Troy and was taken to the Frisco Animal Hospital first thing the next morning. Once she received a clean bill of health, she was transferred to the shelter for safe-keeping and great care until Juliet could pick her up a few days later. Nala is a SURVIVOR!!!


Missing: 6/25/20- 7/22/20

Binx disappeared off his balcony on June 25th and was missing for just about a month! Diana (his owner) searched everywhere in her yard and neighbors yards with no luck. She created a flyer right away and we gave her neon signs to hang as well, although we didn't get any sightings of Binx. She tried trapping with a camera, but no luck. A month goes by and she finally got a call from her neighbors saying they had seen a black cat in their yard. Diana went over and scoped out their yard and saw a shed that she was seen at a few times. She figured that she was hiding somewhere in all that, so she parked herself on one end of the tunnel and called and talked and sang to her, with lots of my usual “kitty kitty purr purr murr murr” and shaking some dry food in between. After about ten minutes, she meowed a few times, then she went silent. So Diana put some bits of her food near the shed, and moved a few feet away, still calling and talking to her. Soon, she started meowing again, so she stuck her hand under the shed, and she felt her sniff her. Diana loved on her a bunch, and then grabbed the scruff of her neck and pulled her out. Binx is so happy to be home, is healthy and giving lots of snuggles!


Missing: 7/20/20- 7/21/20

Sweet tabby cat, Rico, went missing from his home when he got scared while being chased from two dogs. Sara & Chad (the owners) searched all over, but couldn't find him so they reached out to us to help. We created a flyer and shared all over our FB networks and gave them tips on what to do on a lost cat search. They followed our advice and did a very thorough search on their property as well as in neighbors yards. (with permission) They looked under their neighbor's trailer and found him there, but he was too scared to come out. We suggested that they leave a trail of treats and let him come out on his own when he felt safe. Rico did just that, and Chad was able to grab him!! Rico was originally rescued from Costa Rica and brought to the US with his bonded brother Jordy. Rico is happy to be back home after his night away from his brother.




Missing: 7/12/20- 7/12/20


In our field we need hero’s anywhere we can get them. Mags with Silverheels Towing company was the hero on this rescue. Here’s the story. We got a call saying there was a roll over car accident out near BV. Usually it takes days or a week for us to be notified but bc of everyone spreading our name we were called in hours. The owner was air lifted via Flight For Life with a broken neck, one dog had a broken leg and the other, Stella, fled into the woods. We asked him to leave the owners clothes out to try to keep her in the area. Thinking he had to leave BUT he didn’t. He stayed there for 3 hours protecting Stella from running back into the highway. We sent 2 team members Coleen Aoibhneas and Lisa Fallon Ferguson to the scene. A relative of the owner showed up and they were able to catch her. Instead of days it took only hours. Thank you Mags, for being Stella's hero!



Missing: 7/4/20- 7/5/20


Bear is a 3 month old german shepherd/brindle mix! He was with his family in a park the evening of 4th of July and he got super scared and ran off once the fireworks started. Becky, a friend of the family, posted on Facebook right away and the next morning we reached out to Angela and Chris (the owners) and started our protocols immediately. We created flyers, neon signs and Chris and volunteers helped hang those right away. The family set out comfort stations as well, but most importantly, they had Bear's twin sibling named Trouble, out there searching and spreading his scent everywhere. One of our volunteers, Jacqueline, strategically placed herself with a flyer on the bike path and told every single biker she saw. A few hours later, Chris got a call saying that they saw Bear near the bike path. He and Trouble walk over there immediately and they saw her in the distance. Bear saw Trouble and ran right up to her twin! The reunion was so precious!



Missing: 6/25/20- 6/27/20


Sweet Lucy girl went missing from her back yard with her leash still attached. Jen & Nick (the owners) jumped into action right away and shared on Facebook and messaged us. We replied immediately with steps to follow- call animal control & shelter, comfort stations with dirty clothes, calming techniques, and we created flyers. A lot of our volunteers stepped up and did a hasty search of the neighborhood and trails nearby, however no sightings came in. Neon posters were hung the next morning and an organized search was underway, but still no sightings. Finally, two days later, a neighbor about 3 blocks away from home, heard barking in his backyard, and there was Lucy, with the leash still attached! Her family is THRILLED that she's home safe!! Our volunteers did a GREAT job organizing and getting out to search!


Missing: 6/21/20- 6/22/20


We had a very successful first joint mission between Summit Lost Pet Rescue & Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG). Sunny went missing while on a hike up in the high country on Lenawee Trail near Montezuma. Karen (his owner) searched all over the area until it got dark. A friend of hers posted on Facebook to get the word out and our team created flyers and suggested that she set out a scent station right away. The following morning, our volunteer Britt Gilbert hung flyers and neon signs all over the area and she & Anna DeBattiste from SCRG led the search out on the trail. They spread the word and told lots of hikers and campers in the area to keep an eye out for Sunny. That afternoon, a biker saw Sunny running on the trail and rode all the way back to the trailhead to get Karen's phone number on the flyer. He called her and she immediately went to the area and soon after she saw Sunny. He ran straight over to her and they were thrilled to be reunited! 


Missing: 6/6/20- 6/10/20


Grundy was lost as his family was driving though town and he jumped out of the car at a gas station in Breck. Krista (the owner) posted on facebook and we reached out to help her. Our Team Leader Lisa, Animal Control & Breck PD went out right away to start searching. We created flyers and neon signs and then sightings started coming in from our amazing community. We found out where he was settling, so we set a trap, camera and the owners dirty clothes to draw him in and keep him in the area so he wouldn't run. Lisa checked the camera and refreshed the trap daily! On Day 5, we had visual of him all day long, thanks to Lisa who dedicated herself to watching him all day for us!! We were able to lure him to the trap by using these calming techniques with our backs turned to him and tossed treats. He actually went half way into the trap but not far enough to trigger the door to close. He slept on his owners clothes for about 3 hours at a time.  He wandered off in the evening and we got a call about another sighting, and Breck PD caught him with a catch pole!


Missing: 6/2/20- 6/6/20


Maverick is a retired sled dog who ran in the Iditarod in Alaska for many years. He escaped from his brand new owner's home, ten minutes after he got adopted. He jumped out of a second story window and took off in Dillon. The shelter contacted us right away and we put our team into action immediately and worked closely with Andrew, (the owner). We delegated tasks to our team of volunteers which included making & hanging flyers and neon signs, putting out scent stations, posting on, and getting out on foot to do a quick hasty search. The shelter staff, set up a trap with scent items and we added a camera. We received multiple sightings of him running nonstop in nearby neighborhoods for the next 4 days. He visited the trap on the 4th night but he was able to escape it. Finally on the 5th night, he came back and we got him trapped! Andrew, the shelter staff and our team worked flawlessly together night and day until Mav was safe back at home!


Missing: 5/27/20- 5/29/20


What an amazing community effort to find this sweet boy Pepper who was lost for 2 days after recently getting adopted. He ran off the day after he got to his new home. The Summit Animal Control & Shelter staff put out facebook posts and then contacted us to help with the search efforts. We organized our volunteers to create flyers and neon signs to hang around town while searching on foot with them. While hanging our neon signs, a man stopped to tell us that he saw Pepper on a trail not too far from his new home. The shelter staff set up a trap with a scent station hoping he would go in that night. The following morning, no Pepper, however many new sightings came in. Our volunteer, Hunter Hammond, went out on the trail again and saw Pepper and she did the calming techniques to keep him from running away. We immediately contacted Lisa Spaulding at the shelter, whom Pepper had a bond with, and she came there right away. Hunter was able to earn Pepper's trust by tossing him some treats and once he saw Lisa, he walked right over to her! Great collaboration and team effort!


Missing: 4/30/20- 5/14/20

Mango was missing for 15 long days while escaping from his house in Dillon. Julia (his owner) and family acted very quickly and reached out to us for help. We created flyers, gave them neon signs, traps, and food and she set out comfort stations. Julia took charge and hung flyers literally everywhere in the neighborhood and sightings started coming in. She then hung the neon signs, set the traps & cameras and went out and searched every single night and saw him a few times up on the hill by I70. She knew the calming techniques so she knew not to chase him, yet he still wouldn't come to her. On the 15th night at midnight, she got a phone call with a legit sighting. She went out and was able to get within 5 feet of him, yet he ran away.  She moved a trap there with some smelly sardines, and success-He was trapped that night!  She brought him home the next morning and he was loved by his family. 



Missing: 5/13/20- 5/14/20


Pippa is a sweet foster pup who went missing in Silverthorne. She ran from her home and there were reports that she got hit by a car, then she ran through the park and up into a remote neighborhood. Eileen & John (her foster family) acted very quickly and got the word out immediately on facebook while our volunteer, Erica Currey, contacted us right away. Eileen, John & Erica searched for hours and hours late into the night, through the neighborhoods and wooded areas. Flyers were made and our volunteers created neon signs and hung them around town. The neighborhood came together and there were a lot of boots on the ground helping them search for Pippa. There was a sighting that came in and John quickly drove up there. He saw her in the woods, called her name calmly and she came and hopped in the car! Pippa and her family were super happy she was home, and we were all so grateful that surprisingly she wasn't hurt!!


Missing: 5/7/20- 5/8/20


Duggie was a fairly new rescue to his family (Cassie & Chris of Alma) and went missing late in the evening while visiting a friend's house and unfortunately ran out the front door. His owners frantically searched for him until 1:30am. At one point he was right next to them, but he ran away again. They posted on FB late that night and we saw their post early in the morning and reached out to them. They live out of our county so we consulted with them and gave the steps to follow when you lose a pet, calming techniques, told them to put dirty clothes out and created a flyer for them. That day they got a phone call saying that Duggie was found, however he ran away from them as well. Cassie & Chris went there immediately and ended up seeing him. They followed the calming techniques and got really low and quiet and did not call or chase. She let him come to her and he eventually got close enough that she could grab him. Duggie is a very lucky boy having such devoted parents!!


Missing: 5/2/20-5/6/20


Kush went missing from her home in Leadville, when she chewed out of her outdoor metal pen. We saw Lisa's (the owner) posts on facebook and we reached out to help her.  We sent her calming techniques, asked her to set out comfort stations, and gave her neon sign supplies. She worked very quickly and handed out many flyers and got those signs up. Sightings started coming in and we followed up with all leads.  On the 5th day, she got a phone call saying that a good samaritan found Kush and held onto her for 2 days and kept her safe. Then she saw Lisa's flyer and called her immediately and they were happily reunited!