Grab your pup and give them a hug in honor of the U.S’s first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day! I know that if my Sunny girl was lost, I would be BESIDE myself upset. She is a member of the family and if she were lost it would be devastating. National Lost Dog Awareness Day was created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloski, who are the directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin. This holiday is designed to bring attention to all dogs that are lost – as well as the thousands of dogs reunited with their families each year.
The Lost Dogs of America, which operates in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, and New Jersey, is a non profit, all-volunteer organization that provides free services and social networking to families who have lost their beloved pooches. Lost Dogs of America has helped to reunited over 21,000 dogs with their families since 2010 – that’s something worth wagging a tail over and celebrating on National Lost Dog Awareness Day! Even better, this opens up kennel space for homeless dogs, which is especially crucial in states that operate kill shelters.
Do you know what you would do if your dog was lost? You may have taken some precautions, like I have, by having your dog microchipped. Don’t forget to update the information on your microchip if you have moved, changed phone numbers, or changed vets, as this can render your microchip worthless if the person scanning your pup can’t get in touch with you.
Lost Dogs of America has some great tips on their website about what to do if your dog is lost, as well as some great tools (like creating your own “lost” flyers). They also provide great information on what to do if you have FOUND a dog and want to help out. So take a moment on this National Lost Dog Awareness day to read up on some tips to help keep your pooch safe and sound, but also to plan what you would do if the worst were to happen.
For more information on Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, please visit www.LostDogsofWisconsin.org or join the LDOW community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/findfido) and Twitter (@LostDogsofWisc).
If you are interested in starting an organization in your state, please visit Lost Dogs of America for more details.