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

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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, NLDAD also celebrates the thousands of lost dogs successfully reunited with their families.

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin (LDOW) is an all-volunteer organization created for the exclusive purpose of providing a free service to help reunite families with their lost dogs. With the help of popular social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and their extensive connections throughout Wisconsin, LDOW is able to facilitate a statewide alert as soon as a lost or found dog report is received. By working to recover lost dogs, LDOW helps to decrease the number of homeless animals brought into shelters and animal control facilities, thereby preventing unnecessary euthanasia. Lost Dogs of Wisconsin offers an invaluable service when many feel helpless otherwise. The Lost Dogs mission has been so successful that the concept has been accepted and put into practice in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and Iowa under the umbrella organization Lost Dogs of America.

The tenacious efforts of these combined states’volunteers along with over 150,000 fans have helped reunite over 21,000 dogs with their families since 2010. Getting lost dogs back home reduces stress on owners’, staff at shelters/animal control facilities, other dogs in the facilities, and ultimately saves taxpayers’ money. It also opens up kennel space for truly homeless dogs.

“When a dog goes missing, most owners do not know how or where to begin looking. Our specially-trained volunteers make them a flyer to distribute and offer helpful support and advice tailored to their situation and locale.  We also constantly remind the public that not all stray dogs are homeless and that there is likely an owner looking for a dog that has been found” explains Pobloskie.  “One of our recent success stories was a lab mix named Abner.  He was missing nine weeks during really bad weather.  We never gave up, and neither did Abner’s owner.  She read the articles on our website and followed the advice of her LDOW caseworker. Abner was successfully lured into the home of some kind Good Samaritans who patiently gained his trust.  Never doubt a dog’s ability to survive.”

For more information on Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, please visit http://www.LostDogsofWisconsin.org or join the LDOW community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/findfido) and Twitter (@LostDogsofWisc).

If you are interested in starting an organization in your state, please see our website Lost Dogs of America  www.lostdogsofamerica.org for more details.

 

 

 

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date March 2014

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Place an Ad in Your Local Newspaper When Your Dog is Missing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the most overlooked ways to get the word out about your missing dog is placing an ad in your local newspaper or shopper. Social media has taken the world by storm, providing a cheap, easy way to spread the word; but you must always remember that there are still many people that don’t use computers or social media. It doesn’t do any good to have your dog posted only on Facebook if the person that has found your dog isn’t a Facebook user.  So it is really important to use as many different communication methods as possible including flyers, signs, social media, Craigslist, newspaper and radio ads.

The following is a list of Wisconsin newspapers per township.  Remember that lost dogs can travel far and wide. Don’t limit yourself to just one area. Cover surrounding counties as well.  Your dog is depending on you to bring him safely home.

Click here for a list of Wisconsin newspapers:

http://www.usnpl.com/winews.php

 

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Securely in Your Yard

1004968_723077971056885_1883505027_aThe neighbor’s husky pup can’t get past the buried landscape timber. An hour later he made his way into my yard. He found a spot where there was no barrier. 

by Barb McDonald, LDOW Volunteer and Founder of the Lost/found Husky Dogs Facebook page

Here are some ways, many cheap and still very effective ways to keep your dog from getting through the fence and getting lost. Dogs that jump over, climb over, dig under, squeeze through gaps, etc. Some ways can also help keep coyotes and other animals out of the fence as well. Most of these will work for almost any type of fence

DOGS THAT CLIMB THE FENCE- Use Coyote Rollers or Lean Ins. Coyote rollers are mounted at the top along the entire fence and they literally roll so it’s impossible for your dog to get a grip on it to get over the fence. If you’re a handy man you can make these out of PVC pipe for cheaper. Just make sure they ROLL and that you place them high enough to keep your dogs paw from getting stuck but low enough to keep your dogs head/body from getting stuck. These can be installed on pretty much any type of fence and also work great for keeping coyotes and other animals out of your fence and keeping your animals safe.Lean ins are simple and cheap. You can use welded/chicken wire for these. It’s just angled fencing attached to the top. This makes it impossible for a climbing dog to keep a grip to get over the fence. Both of these methods are used at wolf hybrid rescues to keep them from escaping. Both can also be taken down and moved if you ever move to a new place.

DOGS THAT DIG UNDER THE FENCE- Use a “no dig” fencing/L-footer system. For no digging wire/fence you can use welded wire literally dug into the ground and buried at a slant but enough left out to connect it to the fence. If you have to cut the wire for any reason be sure to keep the sharp edges facing where the dog won’t come in contact with them or you can dull the ends of them. You can also use welded wire and lay it directly on the ground along the fencing still connecting it to your fence though like an “L.” To secure it to the ground use lawn staples. You can always use concrete to make a no dig “fence” or footer too. Same concept but with concrete.

DOGS THAT SQUEEZE THROUGH SMALL SPACES- If your dog is squeezing through small spaces such as the spaces in a picket fence you can do a couple things. You can buy a puppy bumper. They connect to the collar so as long as the collar fits correctly the bumper won’t fall off. Do not make your dog wear these 24/7 & make sure there is nothing around your dog can get caught on. Use them when letting the dog out to potty or just to run around and play for bit. They are light weight but your dog may need time to get used to it because it may be a little “uncomfortable” at first but it’s better than having a lost dog. Besides a puppy bumper you can use a Bar Harness, these are just a few dollars more but will work better with wider gaps and probably more comfortable. They make these for large dogs as well.If you don’t want to use a puppy bumper/bar harness you can always line the fence with a mesh wire, they do sell some mesh wire that is hardly even noticeable. If you don’t like the look of wire you can use bamboo rolls to line the fence with.

DOGS THAT DASH THROUGH THE FENCE DOOR WHEN OPENING IT- Simple and quick fix. Make an Airlock Fence Entrance. This is just a small extra fenced area/barrier attached to your fence entrance (inside the fence or outside the fence) so if your dog dashes out it prevents him from running off by keeping him inside the entrance. Making it easier on you to keep your dog in the yard. Also great for people that have kids that don’t always pay attention when opening the gate and causing the dog to get loose. If your fence doesn’t stay latched, buy new latches and/or locks. If you’re worried about your dog dashing through the front door and it’s a small dog a wrap around baby gate as an “airlock entrance” may do the trick for inside the home.

FENCE JUMPERS- Remove anything the dog can use to help them jump over the fence… tables, dog house, etc. Install an extension either to make the fence taller by using welded wire or to put a flat barrier to block them from getting past where they jump.

*If your dog is just squeezing under a chain link fence that has gaps under it or just isn’t secured to the ground… you can buy some lawn anchor/staples for $15-$25 and secure the bottom of the fence to the ground.

*If your fence has a hole patch it up or if it’s possible remove that section of the fence and replace it with a new section.

OTHER TOOLS: 

COYOTE ROLLERS- http://www.coyoteroller.com/

LEAN IN’S- http://www.inetdesign.com/wolfdunn/containment/barbarms.html

NO DIG FENCING/L-FOOTER-http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/digging_animals_fence.html

PUPPY BUMPER- http://puppybumpers.net/shop.htm (might be cheaper on Amazon)

BAR HARNESS- http://www.dog-gamutt.com/store/

AIRLOCK- (Can’t seem to find anything online explaining how to make one of these for a fence. If you look at the picture I’m sure you’ll be able to make it just fine.)

LAWN STAPLES- http://www.radiofence.com/pet-fence-staples/?zmam=59663114&zmas=1&zmac=4&zmap=SS-100&gclid=CNHNmLPg4LwCFa9FMgodlyAAJg

http://www.amazon.com/A-M-Leonard-Anchor-staples-Pack/dp/B001FA9SBG

HEIGHT EXTENSION FOR FENCE JUMPERS- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYcqVBA0WKA

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11 Year Old Girl Asks for Donations for Lost Dogs in Lieu of Birthday Presents

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McKenzie and David Woods, LDOW Marathon County caseworker

Via David Woods, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin Marathon County caseworker: “I just met McKenzie Roo at the Weston Dog Park who handed me the donations and supplies she raised. She asked for donations instead of birthday presents for her 11th birthday for the purchase of equipment for Lost Dogs of Wisconsin’s efforts in Marathon County to get more lost dogs reunited with their owners.

This young lady ROCKS ! A huge thank you to all of those that donated. Donations totalled $1500 cash, a dog travel transport carriers, two bags of dog food, and paper towels. Your generosity is very much appreciated. “

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date February 2014

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date January 2014

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date December 2013

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Abner’s Story

Mary and Abner.  Photo Credit: Dorla Mayer

Mary and Abner.
Photo Credit: Dorla Mayer

On December 8th we received the fantastic news, that Abner, missing since October 5th was finally safely contained at a home in White Lake, Langlade County; about 65 miles from where he went missing.  You can read the newspaper accounts of his adventure at these two links:

Antigo Daily Journal: “Abner Back Home in Madison After a Wild Journey” 

Wisconsin State Journal: “Doug Moe: Looking for Abner” 

We would like to share with you an email received from Mary, Abner’s owner that she sent to our volunteer caseworker, David Woods, who covers the area where Abner was lost.  We think it has a lot of good suggestions and hopeful encouragement for people who are missing a dog, especially one that may be shy or has been lost a long time.

Thank YOU, Dave. The information and support from Lost Dogs of Wisconsin was incredible, and gave me the tools I needed to get Abner home. I submitted the form, and would like to share more what I think worked the best in my situation – a shy, smart dog lost away from home in a rural area where people do not have internet access at home.

1.Flyers – exactly as you said – door to door (or to mailboxes behind the flag or in the shopper stopper box)

2. Flyers and personal contacts at key businesses – the town store, bar/restaurant, hardware store, etc.

3. Ads in local newspapers with picture of the dog – quite economical and effective. (and now I am going to put in ads thanking everyone and notifying them Abner is found)

What brought Abner in was not a trap, but that he found a place where he was fed regularly, and the people who lived there built his trust and did not pressure him. They created a “safe space” in this woodshed, where he knew he could find food, shelter and water (and warmth). They acknowledged him (Hey, buddy) but did not chase or call him, so little by little he relaxed in their presence. Their sweet dog (pictured in the woodshed, attached) befriended him.

Then I was on their property and in their house, so he smelled me and heard my voice (although just as your articles said, he did NOT come to me when I saw him and called him!). We left his blanket in this woodshed. I befriended their sweet dog as well. And of course – grilled out a whole mess of bacon & cheese hot dogs (the Dave Woods trick!!). Somehow, it all came together and broke through, and the day I left, that evening he followed their dog into the house.

The couple who live in the house also prayed quite a bit that day to bring Abner in, and I believe their good energy reached out to Abner and he knew he was safe. He was so relaxed when I got there – he greeted me just like always,wagging, licking my face, and then (as in picture) ran to get a toy to bring to me! If you think this can help others please share this information! Thanks again – your help and encouragement really helped me keep hope alive and keep going! Mary

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly…. Tips to Remain Jolly and Keep Your Dogs Safe

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Statistics show that many dogs become lost during the holiday season.  With the holidays fast approaching Lost Dogs of Wisconsin would like to remind you to keep your dog safe during the hustle and bustle:

Traveling with your pet

  • Be sure your dog is wearing a current ID tag that includes your cell phone number.
  • Carry a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate in case your dog gets lost and is picked up by Animal Control.  It is proof of a current rabies vaccination and your ownership.
  • As an added precaution, simply take a piece of paper and packing  tape, write the address/phone number of where you will be staying and  tape it to the collar as a back-up or attach a temporary ID tag with the same information.
  • To keep your dog safe while driving, please read our article: Safe Driving with Dogs
  • If your dog does escape while you are traveling, please read our article: Tips for dogs that are lost from somewhere other than home

Hosting parties or gatherings

  • Including your 4 legged friend is great, but if your dog is not one who goes with the flow, be sure to provide them with a nice quiet place away from the crowds to relax and feel secure.
  • If your dog is a party animal and wants to be in the midst of the party – great!! ..Just be sure that someone keeps an eye on them or in a separate room and no escape routes like doors or gates are accidentally left open.
  • Remember dogs that were unfazed by Uncle Joe giving them a kiss on top of the head or Grandma pinching their cheeks last year-may be terrified this year. Err on the side of caution.

Happy Holidays!

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