National Lost Dog Awareness Day sheds light on missing pets, reunions with owners

National Lost Dog Awareness Day sheds light on missing pets, reunions with owners

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - National Lost Dog Awareness Day is aimed at bringing awareness to the dogs that go missing. It’s also a day to celebrate the reunions between lost pets and their owners.

The first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day was celebrated on April 23, 2014. It was created by a group called Lost Dogs of America. You can find more information here.

The American Humane Association estimates more than 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States every year, and that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.

In a survey conducted by the ASPCA, the percentage of lost dogs that were safely returned to their homes was higher than researchers anticipated. That survey, which was taken over a 5-year span, found that 93 percent of lost dogs were reunited with their owners.

The survey said 15 percent of lost dogs were found because they were wearing identification tags or microchips. That survey also found 80 percent of pet owners believe pet ID tags are crucially important, but only 33 percent say their pet actually wears one all the time.

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