April 23 is the second annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day. Shelters and rescues across the United States use this day to bring attention to the many dogs in their care who have family looking for them. We live in a world where people sometimes assume the dogs they find are unwanted. Lost Dog Awareness Day has the stats to prove them wrong.
Lost Dogs of America (LDOA), a coalition of states, including Lost Dogs Georgia, has documented over 42,000 reunions since 2011. LDOA facilitated these reunions by providing tips to owners, by using FaceBook pages for individual states, and by partnering with helpinglostpets.com and providing free flyers. LDOA makes it possible for dogs such as Capone to find their way home. Capone was lost on December 27, 2014. His owner listed him with Lost Dogs Georgia and helpinglostpets.com. That listing remained on both sites for 78 days. When Capone was found and taken to Fulton County Animal Control in March, his finder searched the Lost Dogs Georgia site and found his listing and was able to help reunite Capone with his owner two months after he was lost.
We invite you to participate in the observance of Lost Dog Awareness Day. LostDogsofAmerica.org has a wealth of information to help people who have lost or found dogs. You will also find beautiful and haunting graphics you can use to help publicize Lost Dog Awareness Day here. Thanks to Cathi - 3-Dog Designs.
Why should you help us create awareness?
Your participation will benefit your community because:
Getting lost dogs home reduces stress on the owner and the dog, and
Reduces work for staff at shelters/animal control facilities and rescues, which
Saves taxpayers’ money for animal care, and
Opens up cage and kennel space for truly homeless dogs.
It also shows individuals with lost dogs that their community cares!
“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” Susan Taney, Director Lost Dog’s Illinois.