Rescues have the responsibility to make sure that the dogs they are rehoming are truly homeless. If they aren’t, they are simply selling someone else’s property, a criminal offense in all fifty states.
If you are fostering or have recently adopted a dog and your dog goes missing here is a checklist to get you started.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here is an easy to print, clip and hang poster for your shelter or vet clinic that explains good microchip scanning procedures. (Courtesy of Animal Sheltering magazine)