The Arizona arm of Lost Dogs of America is Lost Dogs Arizona (LDAZ). Their Director is Julie DiMaria. They are an all-volunteer organization created for the exclusive purpose of helping reunite Arizona families with their lost dogs.
With the help of popular social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, LDAZ galvanizes people to help when information is received on a dog. Their volunteers provide tips to distraught families searching for their loved one and use their sleuthing skills when a dog is found with a tag that has a disconnected phone number.
By working to recover lost dogs, this organization helps to decrease the number of homeless animals brought into shelters and animal control facilities, thereby preventing unnecessary euthanasia. National Lost Dog Awareness Day celebrates the thousands of lost dogs who were successfully reunited with their families and who did not go to a shelter.
The tenacious efforts of the combined states' volunteers along with over 150,000 fans have helped reunite over 21,000 dogswith their families since 2010. Lost Dogs of Arizona has helped reunite over 1,600 dogs in its first year of inception. Getting lost dogs back home reduces stress on owners’, staff at shelters/animal control facilities, other dogs in the facilities, and ultimately saves taxpayers’ money. It also opens up kennel space for truly homeless dogs.
When a dog goes missing, many families give up looking for their lost pet. National Lost Dog Awareness Day was created to give hope to the families still looking for their dogs and remind the public that not all stray dogs are homeless. Lost Dogs Arizona is asking that you take a second look if you see a dog wandering and have that dog scanned for a microchip. Maybe he has a home waiting for him!
LDAZ celebrates many success stories every day. One of the most recent success stories was a lost Beagle named Jazzie. She was missing for more than four months when someone reported a found Beagle to LDAZ. After receiving a report on the found dog, an LDAZ volunteer recalled a dog with a similar description and was able to match it up with Jazzie. Jazzie was found 36 miles away from where she went missing. Although she was microchipped, her chip data was not up to date. A little sleuthing and the finder was able to confirm it was Jazzie and helped to reunited her family a short time later. Together with the help of LDAZ’s social media following many dogs are reunited days, weeks, and months after they go missing. It is important that, in addition to keeping collars and tag on their dogs, that they be micro chipped and that the chip information be kept up to date. It is also important that owners of lost dog do not give up the search and utilize social media to help find their dogs.
For more information on Lost Dogs Arizona, please visit their FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/
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If you are interested in starting an organization in your state, please see the website Lost Dogs of America www.lostdogsofamerica.org for more details.