Awareness Day

Each year on April 23rd we celebrate National Lost Dog Awareness Day.


On April 23, 2014, Lost Dogs of America created and launched the first National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD), a canine-focused day aimed to bring attention to all dogs that are lost each year, while also celebrating the thousands of lost dogs successfully reunited with their families.

Lost Dogs of America is an all-volunteer organization with the exclusive purpose of providing a free service to help reunite families with their lost dogs.

The tenacious efforts of the combined states’ volunteers efforts, along with over 700,000 fans have helped reunite over 145,000 dogs with their families since 2011.   Getting lost dogs back home reduces stress on owners’, staff at shelters/animal control facilities, other dogs in the facilities, and ultimately saves taxpayers’ money. It also opens up kennel space for truly homeless dogs.

“When a dog goes missing, many families give up looking for their lost pet. National Lost Dog Awareness Day was created to give hope to the families still looking for their dogs and remind the public that “not all stray dogs are homeless dogs”.

Click below to open and print the 2022 press release:

2022 Press Release (PDF)


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  • Shelters and vet clinics can hold a free or reduced cost microchip clinic to promote more pets being microchipped.  Microchips should include free registration at the time of implant for the best effect.

With your help we can share and reinforce the message that “Not all stray dogs are homeless dogs”.

Help us raise awareness to help reunite more lost dogs!