NEVER Follow, Chase or Pressure a Lost Dog

Based on thousands and thousands of cases, our three main causes of death for lost dogs are 1. Hit by a car 2. Hit by a train and 3. Drowning (often falling through thin ice). Lost dogs who aren’t being pursued or pressured will make very wise decisions and may survive indefinitely. Lost dogs that […]

Do Not Allow Family, Friends, or Volunteers to “Search” For Your Dog. Ask Them to Flyer Instead…

In the early hours and days of the dog going missing; volunteers, friends and family may want to rush to a sighting location to “search”. This is almost always a bad idea. Their energy should be used for quickly flyering the area – going door to door and trying to speak to as many people […]

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 […]

Helping Lost Pets (HeLP) Can Help Your Shelter Reunite Pets and Families

Why would a shelter want to improve their RTO (Return To Owner) rate?  Goodwill, positive press and donations are generated when an animal control agency or shelter takes a proactive approach to reuniting lost pets with their families. Heartwarming stories and photos (easily posted on Facebook) elevate the reputation of the facility from “dog catcher” […]

Map-Based Website Helps Lost Pets Get Home

The number one way to recover your lost dog is  the old-fashioned tried and true method of using flyers and signs to generate sightings. Going door to door with flyers in the area where your dog was last seen has brought the majority of our lost dogs home. But new technology is constantly giving us […]

Lost Dogs of America Announces the First Annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD). Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims to bring attention to all dogs that are lost each year. On a happier note, […]

Tips For Dogs Who Are Lost From Somewhere Other Than Home

It is not uncommon for a dog to go missing from a location other than home. These situations  can include but are not limited to dogs who go missing from a: Vacation or camping trip Pet sitter Vet clinic Groomer Animal Shelter Foster home Rescue transport Car Accident This sounds horrifying, but with a good […]