How Are We Doing? Year to Date July 2019

July 2019 stats

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Use This Flyer When Your Lost Dog is Staying Reliably in One Area But is Difficult to Trap

Is your missing dog staying in one area but reluctant to enter a humane trap? “Helpful” neighbors may be overfeeding your dog and undermining your efforts to successfully catch him. Lost dogs in survival mode need to be hungry enough to take the risk to enter a humane trap. An overfed dog has little incentive to enter the trap and may contentedly live for months or even years in a neighborhood without ever letting anyone catch them. Cutting off the other food sources will greatly increase your chances of catching him.

If you suspect your dog is being overfed or is being chased by neighbors, we suggest printing and distributing the flyer below. Of course, you will need to edit the text to suit your situation. Use a word program to retype the flyer with text and add a photo.

We have found that educating and informing the neighborhood that a recovery effort is in progress will help get them onboard with your plans. You may only need to print ten or twenty of these – just enough to distribute in the immediate area where your dog is hanging around. Just to clarify: this flyer should NOT be distributed via social media, only by hand to the surrounding neighbors. Otherwise you risk attracting too many curiousity seekers and wanna-be heroes to the location. To create a flyer to distribute via social media please visit our software partner at

And a happy update – Raven the dog pictured in our flyer was successfully caught once they used the flyer to cut off the other food sources and inform the neighbors of their plan. Remember, never give out the exact location of the trap or feeding station. You don’t want curiousity seekers to drive your dog out of the area. Don’t forget to update the neighbors when your dog is caught! Your success will motivate them to educate others on how to successfully capture a shy, lost dog.

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Did Your Dog Go Missing From Fireworks? Don’t Panic!

Immediately file a report with us at so that we can make a flyer and share it to our Facebook page which has over 85,000 fans in Wisconsin.  Different formats of your flyer will be emailed to you so that you can print and distribute them in the neighborhood where your dog was last seen. This is the Number One way that lost dogs are found.  We will also assign a volunteer caseworker to offer advice and support. Our services are entirely free.

Dogs lost from stressful situations like fireworks will usually bolt, but usually don’t go very far unless they are being chased or pressured.  Many times they will hide and may remain in hiding for several hours or days.  Once they feel safe and things have quieted down, these dogs may try to return to the area where they went missing.

If your dog went missing last night- don’t panic.  Immediately put out your dog’s favorite blanket or bed, some smelly food and fresh water, and something that smells like the person the dog is most bonded to (like a dirty sock, t-shirt or pillowcase).  Remind everyone who wants to help you that they should not chase, call or whistle to your dog.

See more tips in our handout below:

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Hayward, Sawyer County Free Microchip Clinic

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin provided free microchips at the Northwood’s Humane Society BBQ in the Bark Park on Sunday, June 9.  Our Sawyer County volunteer, Esther Maina, organized the microchip clinic and had several people helping her.  Thanks to their hard work, many more dogs and cats in the community are microchipped!


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How Are We Doing? Year to Date May 2019

May 2019 Statistics

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Eagle River Free Microchip Clinic

What do 78 dogs and 7 cats now have in common? They are all microchipped!

This was made possible by Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, who donated all the chips, and DR. John Cheslak and his amazing staff at Dr. John’s Dog and Cat Repair in Eagle River, WI. Not only did they donate their time and expertise, but they also share the same passion as LDOW for helping lost pets get back to their owners.

And a huge ‘Thank You’ to the volunteers from Northern Flyers Agility who helped checked owners and theirs pets in, pre-scanned them for chips and provided assistance through out the event.

Most of the attendees were from Vilas and Oneida Counties, but we did have some who traveled over an hour to get their pet chipped.

This was the first Free Microchip Event that LDOW has done in the area and we’re hoping to do another one again next year!

Tracie Van Houten Senicka, LDOW Volunteer

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Lost Dogs of Wisconsin Donates Microchip Scanner to the Genoa City Police Department

Microchip scanner presentation

Thank you to our volunteers, Wendy Siedschlag and Carol Long  for being such  great ambassadors in Walworth County. They saw the need for a microchip scanner and put in the request to have one sent to the Genoa City Police Department. We were very happy to purchase one for them!

Thank you to everyone who believes in our mission! You are saving lives and making families whole again.

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Lost Dogs of Wisconsin Donates Microchip Scanner to Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police


Thank you to our volunteer Esther Maina for being such a great ambassador in Sawyer County. She saw the need for a microchip scanner and put in the request to have one sent to the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police. We were very happy to purchase one for them!

Thank you to everyone who believes in our mission! You are saving lives and making families whole again.

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date February 2019


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Tips for Dogs Lost in a Rural Area


Dogs lost in rural areas can pose extra challenges because of the sparse population.  It is not unusual for sightings to be few and far between or for there to be a long physical distance between sightings. It can also be difficult to get sightings when crops are tall or on roads where the majority of people are just passing through and driving fast.

Why do lost dogs like rural areas? 

Scared lost dogs will often gravitate to a farm where it is quiet and there is a reliable food source like outdoor cat food or spilled grain. Farms provide a multitude of hiding places. Lost dogs will hide in sheds, old barns or under old farm machinery and creep out at dusk and dawn to eat. If the dog isn’t bothering livestock, farmers may let the dogs hang around indefinitely. But they may not proactively look for an owner because they assume that the dog was “dumped” off at their farm.

Therefore it is VERY important to flyer every farm in at least a 20 mile radius of where your dog went missing. Talk to the land owners and put a flyer in their hands. Ask them if they have seen your dog hanging around or passing through. Expand the radius to 30 miles or more if you don’t get a sighting. Use Google Maps and Satellite Photos to look for roads that you may have missed. Make it EASY for people to contact you by making sure that they have a copy of your flyer in their truck or on their fridge. 


  1. Deliver several copies of your flyer to any equine or farm animal veternarians  in the area.  Ask them to pass them out to their employees and post one in the lobby for clients coming through the front door.
  2. Deliver several copies of your flyer to every equine facility in the area. Ask that they be passed out to boarders, trainers, farriers (blacksmiths), etc. who may routinely travel the route to and from the facility.
  3. Give copies of your flyer to all local delivery people including UPS, Fed Ex, United State Postal Service, garbage pick up services, feed delivery, propane and diesel fuel delivery, septic services, etc.  These people travel the back roads and need to know who to call if they see your dog. Don’t expect them to proactively report a sighting without a flyer in their hand. They may not have time to look through listings or post to social media.
  4. Deliver flyers to all farm equipment dealers, farm supply stores and feed stores in the area. Ask to post one at the counter and on any bulletin boards.
  5. Post a flyer at any local gathering places such as coffee shops, diners and taverns.
  6. Deliver flyers to the school bus drivers in the area.
  7. Ask farmers and hunters to check their game cameras for photos of your dog. Leave them a flyer so that they know who to call if they get a photo a week or a month from now!
  8. Use intersection signs at crossroads.  Remember to get permission first!
  9. Ask landowners for permission to search old barns, sheds and silos.
  10. Pay close attention to places where you see outdoor cats.  There is probably a food source that your lost dog may also be visiting. Check for tracks or ask permission to set up a trail camera to monitor.
  11. Run an ad in the local newspaper or shopper.

Never Give Up! Lost dogs are safely recovered weeks, months and even years after they have gone missing. Your dog may be hanging around a farm and is relying on YOU to bring him safely home.


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