She must also disillusion owners with bad advice from others, such as putting animal litter outside, in the hope of luring them into their home. All that’s going to do, she says, is attract feral cats and other animals looking to mark the box as theirs.
She and her team also advise owners on how to make the most of lost animal posters and social media – and, most importantly, not to give up.
“I have seen married couples fight like cats and dogs,” Herman-Harsch said. “No, no. You can’t fight. You have to be united on this.”
“Every search is different. It can be frustrating, but often you just need to reorient yourself,” added Tina Fini, 39, a nurse and member of the Herman-Harsch team. At the end of the day, she said, the rewards are great: “It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to help a distraught pet owner get their baby back. “
Many animal rescues will help owners find lost pets that have been adopted through them; and some, like Delco Dawgs, will help owners find lost pets, no matter where they were obtained from. Herman-Harsch has partnered with these and other members of the animal rights community to help locate the missing pets in Chester County.
“I can’t say enough good things about his dedication and commitment,” said Dru Campbell, director of LaMancha Animal Rescue of Coatesville. “When Cathy and her team are called in, they immediately begin the search and rescue effort. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, rainy, or hot.”