The 2023 National Lost Dog Awareness Day is coming up on April 23.

In the world of animal advocacy,  adoption efforts of “homeless” dogs in shelters and rescues is a major focus.  National Lost Dog Awareness Day places a new focus on lost pets and reminds the public that “Not All Stray Dogs Are Homeless”.   An estimated 40 to 60% of “stray” animals in shelters are actually lost pets who really don’t need a new home.  They just need some help to get back home.  Increased awareness of lost pets helps reduce stress on owners through hope and resources, and works towards reducing intake and shelter deaths at shelters and animal control facilities.

This canine-focused awareness day was created by Lost Dogs of America to bring attention to the multitude of dogs that go missing from their homes, each and every day, while providing resources and hope to reunite them.  This day and these efforts to reunite lost pets with their owners is a tribute to the human-animal bond.

Click here for 2023 info!

2023 Press Release (PDF)

Lost Dog related story ideas:

  • Action plan for owners of lost pets
  • The connection between strays in shelters vs. lost pets in need of being reunited.
  • Prevention Tips to keep pets from getting loose.
  • Free Microchip Help to help find an lost animal’s family from a dead end microchip or a rabies tag.

If you would like to contact Lost Dogs of America for other story info and to schedule any interviews please email one of the following who can also assist in State specific contacts:

Susan Taney (Co-Founder of Lost Dogs of America & Lost Dogs Illinois) or Kathy Pobloskie (Co-Founder of Lost Dogs of America & Lost Dogs Wisconsin) at