Category Archives: Friendly Lost Dog Strategies

Successfully Negotiating the Return of Your Lost Dog from a Rescue

Your missing dog has turned up at a rescue and is now available for adoption. How does this happen? A microchipped dog who is scanned may be backtracked to a rescue or may have a rescue as a secondary contact. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Check Nearby Farms for Your Missing Dog

Scared lost dogs will often gravitate to a farm where 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 … Continue reading

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When NOT to Use a Tracking Dog to Find a Lost Dog

The idea of using a tracking dog to find a lost dog is very compelling, but most people who pursue this option do not have a good understanding of how a tracking (or trailing) dog works.  In some cases a … Continue reading

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Our Response to Media Hype about “Dog Flipping and Dog Thefts”

In the last two and a half years, Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin have reunited almost 10,000 dogs with their owners. The vast majority of these dogs are either simply lost; or they have been picked up … Continue reading

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Beware of Scammers!

Even though most people are good-hearted and honest, there is the possibility that you will be contacted by dishonest reward-seekers and scammers when your dog is missing. Just last week, an owner of a lost dog emailed Lost Dogs Illinois … Continue reading

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Why We Say “Never Give Up”

Our motto is “Never Give Up”.  It seems obvious, but there is an underlying reason that we say it. We know that dogs can be recovered weeks, months and even years after they go missing. The key factor in a … Continue reading

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The Problem with Dandelions

One of our long-time volunteers has coined a clever name for some of our missing dogs.  She affectionately calls them  “dandelions” because they are common and they all look alike. The problem with dandelions is that they can present a … Continue reading

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Navigating the Maze of Stray Holding Facilities

Your friendly dog has gone missing and there is a good chance that he has ended up in an animal control facility or stray holding facility. This article will help you understand how the system works and will help maximize … Continue reading

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