Successfully Negotiating the Return of Your Lost Dog from a Rescue

Your missing dog has turned up at a rescue and is now available for adoption. How does this happen? A microchipped dog who is scanned may be backtracked to a rescue or may have a rescue as a secondary contact. If you were unable to be reached, the microchip company may have called the rescue […]

When Your Dog is Missing, Notify Animal Shelters and Vet Clinics in Person

Print out copies of your flyer and hand deliver them to all of the local shelters and vet clinics in your community. Expand the radius as time goes on. Leave two at each clinic – one for the public bulletin board and one for the staff. DON’T rely on third party services who say they […]

When it Comes to Microchips – Does Size Matter?

Are smaller microchips better?  Not necessarily.  There has been a trend towards very small microchips in the animal sheltering and veterinary world.  Smaller microchips can be easier to insert for very small dogs, puppies and kittens.  The drawback? “Mini” microchips have a shorter copper antenna.  The size of the microchip antenna impacts the read distance […]

The Power of ONE – How a Centralized Database Can Get More Lost Dogs Home and Save Lives

Can you imagine if there was ONE place where every lost and found pet in North America was listed? Can you imagine if every shelter, vet clinic, police department and animal control facility listed all of their found pets in ONE database? Can you imagine if all of those places directed owners who had lost […]

Let Us Help You Track a Dead End Microchip

The good news: The found dog turned into your shelter, animal control facility or vet clinic has been scanned and he has a microchip! The bad news: The microchip reaches a dead end. Either it was never enrolled by the shelter, rescue, vet clinic or owner or it was not updated with current contact information. […]

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 […]

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.  Lost Dogs of America has a trained team of […]