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National Lost Dog Awareness Day 2024: What It Is & When to Celebrate?

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on April 13, 2024 by Dogster Team

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National Lost Dog Awareness Day 2024: What It Is & When to Celebrate?

Dog holidays can be great fun to celebrate, but they can also help raise awareness about important issues. One increasingly popular holiday is National Lost Dog Awareness Day, which occurs on April 23 each year. If you would like to learn more about this important day, keep reading as we explain how it got started and what you can do to get involved.

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When Did National Lost Dog Awareness Day Get Started?

The first National Lost Dog Awareness Day occurred on April 23, 2014, and became an annual event the following year, and it continues today.

Who Started National Lost Dog Awareness Day?

The Lost Dogs of America group started National Lost Dog Awareness Day.1 This all-volunteer group got started in 2011 and offers a free service that helps reunite lost dogs with their owners in all 50 states. Since its inception, it has gathered over 700,000 supporters and helped 145,000 dogs return home.

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What Is the Purpose of Lost Dog Awareness Day?

The people at Lost Dogs of America hope that Lost Dog Awareness Day will help people learn about all the lost dogs that get sent to animal shelters each year and hopes to spread the message that not all stray dogs are homeless.

How Can I Celebrate Lost Dog Awareness Day?

  • Share your story on social media if you have ever lost a dog. It will help more people learn about the holiday.
  • Get your dog microchipped.
  • Update the information on your microchip if it has been a few years.
  • Sign up to volunteer at Lost Dogs of America.
  • Take plenty of current photos of your pet, and post them on social media, so friends can recognize them if they get lost.
  • Take steps to put up fencing or repair damage to an old fence to prevent your dog from getting lost.
  • Purchase an ID collar for your dog, so anyone who finds them will have your phone number and address.
  • Set aside extra time to spend with your pet.

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Lost Dog Awareness Day occurs on April 23 of each year, and it has been an annual event since 2014. The Lost Dogs of America volunteer group started it and hopes that it will help spread awareness about all the lost dogs that are submitted to homeless shelters each year, which use up important resources. You can help celebrate this holiday by getting your dog microchipped and updating your microchip information. Many pet owners like to tell stories of being reunited with their pets on social media, along with posting current photos of their pets. Joining the Lost Dogs of America and donating your time is also a great way to participate in the holiday.

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