April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 23 will be observed as the third annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day. Lost Dogs of America celebrates this special event to shed light on the number of dogs that are lost each year and to bring attention to the many dogs in care of shelters and animal control facilities that have family looking for them.

Lost Dogs of America, co-founded by Susan Taney (Lost Dogs Illinois) and Kathy Pobloskie (Lost Dogs of Wisconsin) is a coalition of individual state organizations, including Lost Dogs Arizona.  Each state organization is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to reuniting families with their lost dogs. Since Lost Dogs Arizona was started in 2013, with the help of our volunteers and the dog-loving community, over 10,000 dogs have been reunited.

LDAZ provides networking of lost and found dogs, expertise via its website, one-on-one support from volunteers and free flyers courtesy of the Helping Lost Pets organization.

When lost dogs are reunited with their families, stress is reduced on the family and work is reduced for staff at shelters, animal control facilities and rescues. These reunions reduce the number of dogs that come into facilities deemed “strays,” and therefore save the taxpayers’ money on stray animal care. These reunions, most importantly, reduce the number of dogs that are euthanized by freeing up kennel space for truly homeless dogs.

“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, co-founder of Lost Dogs America, said in the release.

National Lost Dog Awareness Day was created by Susan Taney (Lost Dogs Illinois), Kathy Pobloskie (Lost Dogs of Wisconsin) and Marilyn Knapp Litt (Lost Dogs of Texas).

For more information on Lost Dog Awareness Day, Lost Dogs of America or to see how dogs are reunited in Arizona, visit Lost Dogs Arizona on Facebook or visit its website.

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