Missing Dogs Can Be Found—Here Is How

Missing Dogs Are of Great Concern
to Companion Parents

by Keith Somers  /  Like Keith & Dog Wonders on Facebook

Missing dogs . . .  if one of them is yours, and is of great concern to you—where do you begin?

lost or stolen dogsMost dog owners do not know, and many may never know, if their dog has just wandered off and is lost, or if it has been stolen.

When dogs have disappeared:  neighbors are told, “Missing Dogs” signs go up, and friends on Facebook or Twitter may find out about it.

Statistics regarding missing dogs, lost or stolen, are very hard to get.

There are tens of thousands of “dog” or pet organizations operating in the United States—shelters, rescue agencies, adoption groups, pet expositions, animal hospitals, emergency services, humane societies, breeders, groomers, training centers, show entities, dog recovery programs, etc..  The majority of them are independently owned and operated, governed locally, largely employed by volunteers and not monitored by any state, regional or national organization.

Therefore, there are no complete and reliable figures on most anything “dog” you can think of, especially lost, stolen dogs, or just missing dogs.

Missing Dogs—Statistics Are Hard to Find

Missing dogs’ statistics may be helpful in understanding the difficulty in locating lost or stolen dogs.  The stats listed below are from:  the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Humane Association (AHA), and are so indicated.

  • About 78.2 million dogs and about 86.4 million cats are owned in the United States. (APPA)
  • About 62 percent of all households in the United States have a pet. (APPA)
  • Less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are ever returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips. (NCPPSP)
  • Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification. (ASPCA)
  • Animal shelters care for between 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized—an estimate.  (HSUS)
  • Only 15 percent of pet guardians reported a lost dog or cat in the past five years.  (ASPCA, 2012)
  • 15 percent of dogs were found by their owners because they were sporting identification tags or microchips.  (ASPCA, 2012)
  • More than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.  An accurate figure is next to impossible to gather.  (AHA)

Missing Dogs Can Be Found—Here Are Some Organizations That May Be Able to Help You

Read about who they are.  Check out references and reviews.  Make comparisons of what they do and do not do, and the cost.  Then make your decision.

Pet Amber Alert
Animal Missing Broadcast Emergency Response Alert

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery

Home Again
A Lost Pet’s Best Chance

Lost My Doggie
National Lost Dog Recovery System

Find Tot0 Alert
America’s Original “Amber Alert” Emergency Broadcast System For Lost, Stolen, and Found Pets


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