National Lost Dog Awareness Day

National Lost Dog Awareness Day is observed next on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2025 (339 days from today).

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An auspicious day celebrated annually on the 23rd of April to commemorate for spreading awareness about missing stray dogs finding their families, and reuniting.

We all had that best friend as a kid, the softball with ears, who was always excited to meet us, no matter what our day was like. They asked for nothing of us but a pile of cuddles and earplugs, and possibly our last sandwich. These family members sometimes take a trip out for adventure, always intending to return home but can never find their way. Wouldn't it be great if there was an organization to help these resilient companions find their way home? National Lost Dog Awareness Day is a day for us to support dogs finds their way home as soon as possible.

History of National Lost Dog Awareness Day

National Lost Dog Awareness Day was founded by the directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie. Lost Dogs of America (LDOA) ​​was founded in 2011 and has been celebrated as a date since April 23, 2014. The organization has a wealth of information on lost dogs to help people find them. It almost helped 42,000 dogs find their home. Lost Dogs of America uses a network of shelters, veterinarians, social media, and other media sources to find lost dogs. Social media is an effective way to help dogs reunite with their families. LDOA's tagline is "Not all stray dogs are homeless." So help a puppy if you think they are lost.

Why National Lost Dog Awareness Day?

Parents often fear that their children might get lost in a crowded fair. We often hear announcements on mass shows that they are an individual who is missing their child. Likewise, stray puppies may be stamped or separated from their guardians.

Countless families search for their lost pets. After a while, some of them left little or no hope of finding them. 7 years ago, this day was announced to give these families hope to get their loved ones back. The lost dogs are not only returned to their owners, but they are also given to new families to adopt the remaining dogs. Some people don't want to take them back and put them up for adoption. The concept has been accepted in large areas of the United States such as Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, and Iowa. Through social media and contact with several trusted websites, the association has gained notoriety.

Considered a holiday of pets, missing dogs from across the streets and homes are collected every year. The program was first launched in 2014. The program has been held annually. There are absolutely no restrictions or any eligibility criteria to participate. People from the neighborhood gather with the motive to find these homeless dogs and reunite with their families.

Restricting pets from walking in the house can cause them to become aggressive and conveniently run away from the house. You're better off taking them for a walk once in the evening. Instead, restricting their play area may be a better option.

Fun truths about National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Besides, there are some fascinating events to enjoy a day!

  • Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie was the founder of this association at first.
  • Lost Dogs of America (LDOA) was established in 2011 and then began to be celebrated as National Missing Dog Awareness Day in 2014.
  • Nearly 42,000 dogs have found their owners and reunited with their families
  • 150,000 civilians helped 21,000 dogs return to their families.
  • LDOT helped a chihuahua that went missing for months get back to its owner without a scratch.

Celebrating National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Usually, when a family loses a pet, they stop looking for them after many months. National Lost Dog Awareness Day is a reminder for all people that not all stray dogs are homeless. In some cities, a microchip is installed on the collar so that the owner can easily recognize their dog.

This day can be celebrated in the following ways:

  • Whistle placement: One can place a whistle or a microchip in their pet's collar, which is connected to the owner's phone. If the pet goes around 50 meters radius, it will alarm that his pet is missing. Everyone can practice this activity during the day.
  • Create awareness on social media: With flexible use of social media, your dog is likely to be found. Making your poster or picture featuring your pet's unique identity go viral on the internet will surely alert others to your missing dog and will be safely returned to you within a short period of short time. How about using some posters on social media by using the hashtag #NationalLostDogAwarnessDay to raise spirits of others?
  • Organize a fair: Fairs can be a good place to form a gathering. Here, owners can bring their pets and participate in a number of events.
  • Regular check-ups: Check your dog regularly as they may be scared or depressed. This can cause them to run away or get caught.
  • Leaflets: Place flyers around if your dog goes missing. If someone doesn't want their pets back, call the adoption agency instead of deporting them from your residence.


National Lost Dog Awareness Day has been observed annually on April 23rd.


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Founded by

Lost Dogs of America on April 23rd, 2014

Also on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2025

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