About Us

Lost Paws, LLC
Our approach assesses the individual animal’s profile, environment and history. Once we’ve used this information to rule out unlikely scenarios, we can determine the most appropriate recovery plan. An animal’s individual plan may include a number of approaches, including a physical search of the area, surveillance, live traps, drop traps, and/or a detection dog. (Refer to services page for further details)
Lyndsey Sturgeon ABCDT, CPDT-KA, Missing Animal Repsonse, MPP Graduate
I am a certified dog trainer that has been working in the animal welfare field for 10 years. I have been so fortunate to have Namiko Ota-Noveskey, MS, CPDT-KA, as my mentor. I have learned so much about dog behavior from her! I am currently  the Canine Enrichment Coordinator for the Humane Society of West Michigan, assessing behavior and creating enrichment programs for dogs. I also teach group classes as well as work with clients one-on-one. After seeing the countless clients come through looking for their missing pets and going home empty handed and empty hearted I became interested in the science and mechanics of what actually happens when pets go missing.
While attending a conference with HSUS I had the privilege of attending a seminar with the world-renowned author Kat Albrectht founder of Missing Pet Partnership. The information presented in her seminar was pivotal in my change of direction from the animal welfare field to missing animal recovery. At that moment I saw the potential value of this service to the public at large. I completed the 8-month Missing Animal Response course and have been working with clients to bring their family members home since 2014. I have assisted in the recovery of upwards of 52 pets across 4 states! 

Madison- CGC, Cat Detection Dog
Madison (Maddie) is a 7-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She was adopted from Isabella County Animal Control at 8 weeks old.  She received her Canine Good Citizen in 2010 and started tracking in 2014. She absolutely adores cats, and since she doesn’t have any feline siblings of her own, she loves spending her time sniffing them out and bringing them home. (Not her home, theirs!)
Retired!! Maddie is now retired and enjoying long car rides and relaxing at home. She is 11 years old now and not handling new situations as well as she used to. Now it is time for her to kick back and relax! 
Toby- Magnet Dog
Toby is a 1.5y old mutt! He was adopted from Humane Society of West Michigan at 5 months old. His presence on site can be the key factor in making a shy dog feel comfortable enough to approach.
Hodor- Dog Trailing/Cat Detection 
Hodor is a 1.5y old Lab mix that was adopted from a cat rescue in Eaton Rapids, MI. He is bold, confident, and has a great nose! In May of 2017 we traveled to Mystic, CT to train work with MAR trainers from all over the world. Hodor is off to a great start in learning to sniff our dogs and cats that have become displaced. Pictures and details on his training to come!