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Events LDI will be attending.

You Did It! Oh Yes! You Did

Yes, LDI Fans, because of generous donations from supporters like you, Lost Dogs Illinois was able donate over 500 microchips and 400 id tags to under served areas last year and we cannot THANK YOU enough! We also provided hundreds of free microchip scans and educational handouts about Managing Your Microchip.

It is easy to forget that LDI is more than just our lost/found posting service on Facebook; your donations enable us to support our mission by microchipping/tagging pets, especially in under served areas, so all pets can go home should they become lost.

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We hope to continue the Microchip/ID Tag program but we can’t do it without your continued financial support.   Please help us continue this truly lifesaving program by making a tax deductible donation through:

Direct Donation to LDI

Check to find out if your Company has a matching donation program.

OR participate in our Shop 4 LDI (a portion of your qualifying purchase will be donated to LDI)

Amazon Smile Program

Good Shop

US BONES

Again, THANK YOU for supporting Lost Dogs Illinois. Let’s continue bringing dogs back home!

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Lost Dogs of America Announces the First Annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day

get-attachment.aspxOn April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims to bring attention to all dogs that are lost each year. On a happier note, NLDAD also celebrates the thousands of lost dogs successfully reunited with their families.

Lost Dogs Illinois (LDI) is an all-volunteer organization created for the exclusive purpose of providing a free service to help reunite families with their lost dogs. With the help of popular social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and their extensive connections throughout Illinois, LDI is able to facilitate a statewide alert as soon as a lost dog posting is released. By working to recover lost dogs, this 501 (c) 3 non-profit helps to decrease the number of homeless animals brought into shelters and animal control facilities, thereby preventing unnecessary euthanasia. Lost Dogs Illinois offers an invaluable service when many feel helpless otherwise. The Lost Dogs mission has been
so successful that the concept has been accepted and put into practice in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and Iowa under the umbrella organization Lost Dogs of America.

The tenacious efforts of these combined states’ volunteers along with over 150,000 fans have helped reunite over 21,000 dogs with their families since 2010. Getting lost dogs back home reduces stress on owners’, staff at shelters/animal control facilities, other dogs in the facilities, and ultimately saves taxpayers’ money. It also opens 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” explains Taney. “One of our most recent success stories was finding a beagle named Charlie. He was missing for almost two months in the most brutal winter ever. We never gave up, and neither did Charlie’s foster family. Together, and with the help of our social media following, Charlie was trapped and he was successfully reunited with his foster family. Never doubt a dog’s ability to survive.”

 

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Our Microchip Scanning Events

 

1048685_10200176853651760_78798009_oThank you for allowing us to scan your dog for a microchip at one of our events.

Keeping your microchip information up to date increases the chance that you will be successfully reunited with your dog if he is lost and ends up in a shelter or vet clinic that scans him.  Many times, lost dogs are either adopted out or euthanized when the microchip information is not kept current.  Shelters and vets are busy and don’t have the time to spend tracking down dead-end microchip information. Don’t let that happen to you!

We have given you the 1-800 number of the microchip company that corresponds to the brand of microchip we have detected in your dog.  Call this number if:

  1. You are unsure if your dog’s information is up to date.  Your dog should be registered to YOU with your current phone number and address.  A shelter or rescue may be the secondary contact but you should be the main contact. You want to be the first person they call when your dog is found.
  2. You dog goes missing.  The microchip company will “red flag” your dog and note that he is missing.  They may also put out alerts on your behalf (but there may be an additional fee for this service).

In addition, ask your veterinarian to check your dog’s microchip every year during your annual checkup. Microchips can move, or can occasionally be deactivated when a yearly vaccination needle hits the microchip.

Remember a microchip is only as good as the information connected with it.

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