ASPCA’s Position Statement on Shelter Responsibilities Regarding Lost Pets

The ASPCA has recently released a Position Statement on Responsibilities of Animal Shelters. We are very pleased that they have put a high emphasis on shelter transparency and proactively reuniting lost pets with their families. Below are some excerpts from this Position Statement. Does your local shelter or stray holding facility do these things? We […]


Helping Lost Pets Provides One National Website for All Missing Pets

An old saying “like two ships that pass in the night” has been the biggest hurdle to increased return to owner rates for shelters and successful reunions of lost dogs and their owners.  The popularity of internet and social media sites have been a wonderful resource for missing dogs but all too often, the finders […]

The Microchip Maze – Buyer Beware! (Part 1 – The 900 Chips)

No one will dispute that microchips can be a valuable tool in helping reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners. In our day-to-day work at Lost Dogs of America, we have seen many cases where microchips have resulted in wonderful homecoming stories and may have possibly even saved the dog’s life. But there are […]

How To Trace Dead End Microchips and Tag Information on Found Pets


We would like to thank Marilyn Knapp Litt, the Director of Lost Dogs of Texas for the information in this article. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marilyn formed a group of volunteers which successfully reunited animals that had been displaced by the storm with their families.    If you could spend ten minutes researching a […]

Use Facebook to Help Increase Your Shelter’s Return to Owner Rate

Many animal shelters in America have contracts with local municipalities to hold “stray” dogs for the state-mandated stray hold to give owners an opportunity to reclaim their lost dog. This period of time varies from state to state. A shelter typically has two windows of opportunity to help people find their lost dog: When a person who […]

The Dangers of a Dog Bite

Although the title might seem obvious (of course dog bites can be dangerous!) we want to point out some of the not so obvious issues with dog bites and lost dogs. One of the greatest dangers of a dog bite can be to the dog himself. Lost dogs are usually scared and running on high adrenaline. […]