Did Your Dog Get Scared By Fireworks? Don’t Panic!

If your dog went missing from the fireworks last night – don’t panic. Immediately put out your dog’s favorite blanket, some food and water, and something that smells like you (a dirty sock or pillowcase). Then file a report with us from this link: https://lostdogsofwisconsin.org/report/lost-dog-report/ .

Our volunteer flyermakers will make a flyer for you to print and share. We will also post it on our Facebook page (60,000 fans) and send it out on our Twitter feed. Tell EVERYONE – to not call or chase or whistle to your dog. Let him relax and he may very likely come home on his own when it is quiet. Do NOT let people congregate in your yard or driveway. Your dog is frightened and will stay in hiding until everything calms down.


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Fireworks and Reuniting Lost Dogs with Their Families


ASPCA Fireworks cover.pngIn preparation for July 4, experts from Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin will give you practical advice to offer support, resources, and tips to worried families searching for their lost dogs. Teaching people how to find their lost pets and avoid common mistakes can avoid heartbreak for many people and animals.

Click here for the webinar…..http://www.aspcapro.org/webinar/2014-06-18/fireworks-rto

LDOA partners with HelpingLostPets.com to get more pets home. If you would like to receive alerts for missing/found pets listed in your neighborhood, you can join for FREE:


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Making Large Neon Signs for Your Missing Dog is Cheap and Easy. Here’s How:

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Check out your local dollar store for inexpensive supplies to make brightly colored signs for your missing dog. Remember that not everyone has a computer, a smart phone or the internet. Big, neon-colored signs will grab their attention and alert them about your missing dog (or cat). Here is an article from our website that gives step by step instructions.

Here are step by step instructions to create effective signs:

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date May 2016

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Despite the Hype, Coyote Attacks on Lost Dogs are Rare


Despite the media hype, coyote attacks on lost dogs are pretty rare. But because of the hype, many owners give up looking for their dog because a neighbor, friend or family member tells them that “a coyote probably got your dog”. Coyote/dog altercations are almost always territorial and lost dogs are usually too scared and confused to be territorial. They will defer to coyotes. Also, predators rarely eat other predators so if a coyote has killed your dog you will find the body.

Read our website article Resurrection for Roo about a dog who had been reported killed by coyotes by a tracking dog service, when in fact, he was alive.  He was safely recovered.

Never Give Up! Unless you have physical evidence that your dog is dead, he is out there waiting for you to bring him safely home.
Check our website for more articles on how to find your missing dog: www.lostdogsofwisconsin.org

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin partners with HelpingLostPets.com to get more pets home. If you would like to receive alerts for missing/found pets listed in your neighborhood, you can join for FREE:

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date April 2016

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April 23rd is National Lost Dog Awareness Day!

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National Lost Dog Awareness Day reminds us not all stray dogs are homeless

Wales, Wisconsin – April 23, 2016 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, each being an all-volunteer organization dedicated to help reunite families with their lost dogs. Since the founding of the Lost Dogs of Wisconsin (LDOW) in early 2010 and with the help of countless volunteers and Facebook fans, 10,000 dogs have
been reunited. LDOW has facilitated these reunions by providing tips and resources to owners, using Facebook pages to share pictures and information of lost and found dogs and by providing free flyers courtesy of HelpingLostPets.com.
By reuniting lost dogs 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 “stray”, and therefore save the taxpayers’ money on stray animal care. These reunions will most importantly reduce the number of unnecessary euthanasia cases and will even open up cage and
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,” said Susan Taney, Co-founder of Lost Dogs America.
For more information on Lost Dog Awareness Day, Lost Dogs of America or to see how dogs are reunited, visit Lost Dogs of Wisconsin on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/findfido or

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is a non-profit all volunteer organization devoted to educating and empowering owners with resources and tools to assist them in locating their lost dogs and focused on reducing the number of strays in shelters and animal control facilities. 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).

Contact: Kathy Poblosie at 262 392 2196 or 281 785 4565 or email lostdogswi@gmail.com


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How Are We Doing? Year to Date March 2016

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AB487/SB450 Signed Into Law, Reducing Wisconsin’s Stray Hold From Seven Days to Four Days

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On March 1, 2016, Governor Walker signed AB487/SB450 into law. It is now called Act 233 and you can read the entire text of the law by clicking on this link.

This bill was drafted with help from  the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). The Wisconsin Humane Society operates 3 shelters (Ozaukee, Racine and Milwaukee) although the Milwaukee shelter does not take in lost pets.  MADACC serves the 19 municipalities of Milwaukee County and houses the lost pets for Milwaukee county.

The original intent of the bill was to improve the outcome for dogs seized from dog fighting situations (often called Court Case dogs) in Wisconsin.  This was a much needed change because the previous law did not give these dogs a chance to be fairly evaluated and possibly adopted into a new home.

Although the bill’s intent was good (to protect the Court Case dogs), a paragraph that was added that would reduce the mandatory stray hold for all lost pets from 7 days to 4 days made the bill a very contentious issue with the animal-loving public.  People felt that 4 days was not enough time to find your lost pet in the shelter system, especially bearing in mind that many lost pets do not end up in the shelter system for weeks or possibly even months after they have gone missing. Also, Good Samaritans that find the pet, may take it outside of the jurisdiction to entirely the wrong stray holding facility.

Our position at Lost Dogs of Wisconsin was that much more was needed to be done to improve the system for lost pets FIRST, before reducing the stray hold. (you can read our position statement here). Unfortunately, because of the reduced stray hold, the animal loving public will be even more reluctant to take animals  that they find to their local shelter, making it more difficult for owners to find their missing pets.

We liked the suggestion made by the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies (WFHS), that a working committee should be formed to discuss changes to  this and other parts of the state’s animal control laws, with input from stakeholders around the state.

Two national organizations, the Humane Society of the United States and Best Friends Animal Society supported the bill although neither of these operate shelters in Wisconsin nor supported the WFHS in their attempt to gather input from the whole state.

All of the proponents of the bill asked their supporters to pass it unamended.  An 11th hour amendment was introduced by six Representatives; Spreitzer, Genrich, Hebel, C.Taylor, Wachs and Jorgenson; that would prohibit shelters from putting an animal down until the 7th day unless it was humanely necessary.  Some tweaking on the wording resulted in the final amendment saying that an animal could be put down before the 7th day if it was for humane reasons or considered a threat to staff, volunteers or public safety.

Proponents of the bill took credit for this amendment in their press release although they had really wanted the bill to pass unamended with full legal ability to put down an animal they deemed “unadoptable” on the 5th day.  If they had truly wanted the amendment they would have proposed it months earlier.

One of the main arguments used by proponents of the bill was that only 1% of animals who entered animal control in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine Counties in 2014 were reclaimed on days 5-7 of their stray hold. Proponents of the bill also suggested that reclaim rates were so low for cats (less than 2%) that it really wasn’t worth bothering to try to reunite them with their owners but instead it was better to  quickly prepare them for new homes.

We took strong offense with this, because although we focus on dogs, we know that cat owners are just as much attached to their cats as dog owners are. MADACC’s reclaim rate for dogs was only 29% in 2014.   We argued  that there was much work that could be done to improve the reclaim rate to bring reclaim rates in line with what other successful shelters are doing.  Other progressive animal control agencies around the country have a 50% + return to owner (RTO) rate for dogs and 9-13% RTO for cats.

The data supporting the 1% claim was never made public and  in fact, the Wisconsin Humane Society refused an Open Records Request to provide statistics even though they receive $250,000 per year from the City of Racine to provide animal services.   Wisconsin is a large state with 72 counties. This statement only referred to 3 southeastern Milwaukee Counties.

The Fox Valley Humane Association which serves Appleton and many communities in Outagamie County and the Fox Valley recently released data that seems to reflect a different scenario.

“In 2015 FVHA had a 68% reclaim rate for dogs and a 10% reclaim rate for cats. Dogs stayed an average of 2.1 days and cats stayed an average of 5.8 days. The Fox Valley Humane Association will continue to hold all strays 7 days as a service to their owners.”  Deb Lewis, Executive Director

It is disturbing to think that if the FVHA data gives any indication of what can be happening in other parts of Wisconsin, given the average lost cat is not reclaimed until after the sixth day, many cats may not make it back home with the new 4 day stray hold.  Return to owner rates around the country for cats are lower than dogs  for many reasons, but not because a cat’s owner loves them any less than a dog’s owner.  It has more to do with the number of feral cats entering shelters, the lack of uniform terminology to describe cat’s coat color,  and the number of indoor/outdoor cats that may take a day or two for owners to worry about them.

We are very thankful that there are shelters in Wisconsin, like the Fox Valley Humane Association,  who are striving to maintain the human/animal bond by getting lost pets back home instead of supporting a cookie cutter approach that may not reflect the current situation in our state.

Since we now have even less time to help owners find their missing pets, we will strive to work faster and smarter.  We thank those shelters who support us and believe in our mission.  We are also extremely grateful to our fans and volunteers who watch our page and make matches between missing and found dogs.  Thank you for your compassion and your support.

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How Are We Doing? Year To Date February 2016


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