Jamie Katz: Ace Pet Detective Reveals How She Finds Your Pets
If you're pet goes missing and you don't know what to do...who you gonna call? Well, it ain't going to be Ghostbusters, but it might be Jamie Katz, ace pet detective! A super cool job tackling a very serious subject, I met this real life Pet P.I. in my very own ‘hood. What is life really like for a Pet Detective? We had to find out! So, go grab your favorite beverage, pull up a cozy chair and let's go. You never know when you might need her.
Read more on the Bark & Swagger Blog!
Licensed Private Investigator Jamie Katz is the best in the biz when it comes to reuniting lost pets with their loved ones. Jamie has traveled across the country at a moment’s notice and successfully found missing animals in rural towns as well as in big cities. P.I. Jamie Katz is the only private investigation agency in Florida that specializes full-time in reuniting lost, missing, and stolen pets with their families with the aid of scent specific tracking dogs.
Jamie had a humble upbringing in small town Sharon, Massachusetts where she grew up with her Great Dane Rex and three cats, J.J., D.J. and Blackjack. An animal lover since birth, Jamie started working with pets officially at the age of thirteen as a young volunteer assisting the local police department with annual rabies awareness clinic events encouraging owners to bring their pets in for their yearly vaccinations.
It was not until she left the comfort of her small town and moved to the big city of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 14 with her family that she found out that not all animals have homes. Jamie was overwhelmed with the amount of stray animals roaming the streets. This experience changed her life, and she made it her mission to help rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for animals.
From 1998 to 2003 Jamie was working as a veterinary technician assisting with vaccinations, hygiene, feeding and basic caring for pets. Although she enjoyed this experience, she felt a calling to make a bigger difference, so she returned to working with stray animals that needed medical attention or loving homes.
Jamie then joined a large rescue group that traveled the dark allies and back streets from midnight to dawn feeding and providing medical attention to the City of Baltimore's many stray and feral cats. She was on-call for animal emergencies, and in many cases was recognized as the “go-to” person by the police department when they received calls regarding injured animals. They knew she could get to the animals and facilitate the care needed until an officer arrived at the scene.
Jamie’s passion to investigate led her to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Baltimore County in hopes of combining her two passions - animals and investigations.
Her original intention was to become an Animal Humane Officer until she realized that becoming a Private Investigator was a better match for her skills.
In May 2014, she had an eye opening experience, which unbeknownst to her, would change her career path forever. When a friend’s cat went missing, she hired an animal rescue company to help find her beloved pet. The company was supposed to bring their tracking dogs, and never showed up to perform the search. This friends experience left a great impact on Jamie.
Soon after, in July of 2014, Jamie saw that she could apply the same profiling and investigation techniques that she learned with people to animals, and was able to combine her two passions at last. Jamie started working for a firm where she specialized in the recovery of lost, missing, and stolen pets, playing a key role in the safe return of 90-plus animals.
And in September of 2015, she opened P.I. Jamie Katz, her own licensed private investigation agency based in South Florida.