The Mission of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin

We want to take a moment to clear up the apparent confusion some people have with what Lost Dogs of Wisconsin does and does not do.  We feel it is important for us to do this because we don’t want anyone to contact us thinking we provide certain services and then be disappointed because we can’t help him or her in the way the individual hoped or thought we could.

Our mission statement is clear and reads as follows:

* Reunite owners with their dogs
* Reduce the number of “strays” in shelters.
* Protect lost dogs from injury.
* Protect the public from traffic accidents caused by loose dogs.
* Educate the public on effective methods of finding lost dogs

We execute LDW’s mission by facilitating the return of lost dogs to their owners by sharing tips, current information and resources on LDW’s Facebook page and website.  We post pictures and information regarding both lost and found dogs as soon as the materials are made available to us so people can immediately be on the lookout for dogs who have become separated from their families and we update our postings whenever new information about a dog becomes available.  And we compare the pictures and information we have at our disposal with the information shared by animal control facilities, rescues and shelters throughout the state to determine if any of the dogs in their care match the descriptions of dogs we’ve been told are missing.

As an organization, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin facilitates, educates and coordinates.  As volunteers with LDW, we also facilitate the return of lost dogs to their owners by keeping our Facebook and website up-to-date with the most current information available about every lost and found dog we know about.  We educate people about what they can do to find their lost dogs, how they can protect lost dogs from getting hurt, and how they can prevent traffic accidents involving loose dogs.  And we coordinate with other animal-care organizations, sharing as much information as possible in our joint effort to reduce the number of so-called “strays” in both public and private shelters.

As an organization, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin does not exist to capture or trap loose dogs or house those that are caught.  As an organization, LDW does not exist to perform services that are the responsibility of animal control officers and/or shelter operators, people who are experts in their trade.

As volunteers with Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, we are grateful for the hard work that every animal control officer and shelter worker does to protect and preserve companion animals because, without their efforts, many lost pets would never make it back to their homes.  And as volunteers with LDW, we will continue to do our part in fulfilling Lost Dogs of Wisconsin’s mission to…

* Reunite owners with their dogs
* Reduce the number of “strays” in shelters.
* Protect lost dogs from injury.
* Protect the public from traffic accidents caused by loose dogs.
* Educate the public on effective methods of finding lost dogs

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