WHAT IS A SLEUTHHOUND?

“Sleuthhound” is another word for “detective.” Retriever sleuthhounds search for lost dogs online.

WHAT DOES A SLEUTHHOUND DO?

If a dog is stolen or picked up while lost, it may be sold or rehomed—sometimes within hours—through
listings and word-of-mouth in social media. Also, after a stray hold, a dog may be transferred to a
rescue and listed for adoption online. The purpose of the sleuthhound role is to ensure that a thorough
search of social media and online sale/rescue listings begins as soon as we learn about the missing
dog.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Search online for missing dogs
  • Track where and when search was conducted
  • Collect screen captures and links of potential matches
  • Share findings with the team in our private Facebook group
  • Work independently with no supervision or management needed

REQUIRED

  • Ability to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a week
  • An account with and/or access to the following sites:
    — Craigslist
    — Facebook
    — Instagram
    — SnapChat
    — Oodle
    — Petfinder
    — PetHarbor.com
    — AnimalHumaneSociety.org
    — ClassifiedAds.com
    — Others as needed
  • Highly computer/mobile savvy
  • Self-starter personality, driven to get results
  • Strong knowledge of search techniques using search engines and hashtags
  • Highly visual, able to recognize pattern matches between dogs
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Attendance at the team’s annual meeting held in the greater Twin Cities metro area

OPTIONAL

  • Assist on the ground with feeding station maintenance, trap monitoring and ground searches
  • Help out at occasional Retrievers public events