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Timmy's Amazing Transformation
Timmy was one of 367 dogs rescued during a massive multi-state dog fighting bust last year. Only eight weeks old, he was chained up, cowering and vulnerable when the ASPCA found him and brought him to safety. Victims of dog fighting are destined for a life of cruelty. They are frequently held in horrific conditions without adequate access to food or water, and dogs who lose fights are often...
Blog: Editors
Check the Chip Day
Every dog has its day, and every day “has” its dog! So Friday August 15 has been declared as “Check the Chip Day,” by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) and the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association). It serves as a good reminder to make sure your dog’s microchip contact information is correct—perhaps you adopted a dog from a rescue group and forgot to change the contact...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Lost Dog Recovers From Tick Attack
I’m usually a pretty upbeat person but it was one of those rare days when I was in a sad funk. A series of tragic calls had really taken it out of me. I was in a fog and struggling at work when I got a call of another sighting of a stray dog that had been roaming the area for days. Fellow animal control officers had tried sweet talk and cookies without luck and had even managed to net her a few...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
High Tech App for Lost Pets
Finding Rover uses facial-recognition technology to reunite lost dogs
Imagine being able to take a photo of a stray dog and instantly finding the person looking for him--without even leaving the spot where you took the picture. A new free app called Finding Rover promises to do just that through facial-recognition technology and a growing profile database. John Polimento was inspired to create Finding Rover after a lost dog poster brought back memories of how...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Tagging Cars for Lost Pets
Lost Dogs Illinois comes up with a creative way to get the word out
When a dog is lost, there are only so many places where you can post fliers to get the word out. That conundrum is exactly what makes Lost Dogs Illinois' latest idea particularly brilliant. Some of the organization's members have been "tagging" their cars by using paint pens to write lost pet information on the windows, similar to what students do to celebrate graduation or homecoming events. It...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Lost Dogs: How to Get Them Back
Important lessons from a decade of missing pet recovery
A few days into a family vacation in faraway Bora Bora, Lynn Janata got an unwelcome email from her dog sitter in Renton, Wash.: We have a situation here. Cali has gone missing. The 14-month-old Australian Shepherd had bolted through an open garage door. Although the sitter took quick action, each time Cali was spotted, she was farther and farther from home. With the help of friends in the...
Blog: Guest Posts
What’s the Best Way to Find a Lost Dog?
Tech help includes a smartphone-scannable pet ID tag
Last week, my friend John’s dog slipped her collar during a walk and sprinted off. It was two long, miserable days and sleepless nights before Lily was discovered, dirty and shivering not so far from where she had made her ill-advised dash. The man who discovered her wrapped her in his coat, created a little leash from string in his bag (à la McGyver) and took a cell phone photo that he sent to...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Helping Lost Dogs Come Home
Study shows the importance of microchipping pets.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that shelters are able to identify over 70 percent of pets that enter their doors, as long as they are implanted with a microchip.    Besides reinforcing microchipping as an important identification tool, there were two important findings to note. Of the pets who couldn’t be identified, the main reason...