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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How Are We Doing? Year to Date December 2018

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Prince’s Story – Thought to Be Deceased, Prince the Pug is Alive and Back Home!

As told by David Woods, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin caseworker for Marathon County

Prince the pug, lost from Wausau, Marathon County in November and reported as deceased is actually alive and was reunited with his owners yesterday.  Last week, the Fire Department could not safely reach what owners thought was his deceased body under a bridge.  The owners felt it was Prince and changed his status in our system to In Memoriam so we closed the case and posted his Forever in Our Hearts flyer.

BUT, we have learned that unless a body is recovered, an owner should never assume their dog is deceased.  Lost dogs continually prove to be resilient and resourceful and can survive even the harshest conditions.

We received several sightings of a small dog running the area. It turns out that Prince was being fed for the past few days by a Good Samaritan who when shown Prince’s photo confirmed that it was Prince.   Unfortunately he was hit by a car shortly after he went missing and will need an eye removed but is otherwise in stable condition.

Here is a message received from the owner:

“Prince is reunited with best friend and family!  He is in pretty rough shape but is ALIVE and happy to be in her arms none the less!  A huge thank you to Dennis for making his home a place he felt safe to come to every night and also thank you for everyone’s effort in searching for him!  Prince’s injuries are non life threatening at this time however he will still need his eye removed.  He is currently at home getting comfortable with his best friend at his side!  We are continuing pain management until his surgery.  Until then, prayers are still appreciated! Thank you for all of your kind words.  “

Never Give Up! Unless you have definite confirmation that your dog is deceased, continue to look for them.  Lost dogs have been recovered months and years after they have gone missing.  Welcome home, Prince!

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How Are We Doing? Year to Date October 2018


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How Are We Doing? Year to Date September 2018

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