JOLIET– “Hey, did you see Lost Dogs Illinois last night?” is the common phrase every morning at Joliet Township Animal Control. On April 22 that was the best thing that could have happened to Trish Christensen. She had posted that her 14-year-old cocker spaniel, Shyann, had gotten out on Easter and a few employees noticed her post on Lost Dogs Illinois.
They recalled that a senior black cocker spaniel without identification had been dropped off April 21 and hoped she would be reunited with her owner. They called Christensen right away and she was there in 20 minutes, still shaken up with excitement that Shyann was safe and sound.
On April 23, the U.S. celebrated its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day.
Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie, directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs Wisconsin, respectively, the canine-centric holiday aims to bring attention to all dogs that are lost each year. NLDAD also celebrates the thousands of lost dogs that are successfully reunited with their families. LDI is an all-volunteer organization.
Through Facebook and Twitter and their extensive connections throughout Illinois, LDI can facilitate a statewide alert as soon as a lost dog posting is released. By working to recover lost dogs, LDI helps to decrease the number of homeless animals brought into shelters and animal control facilities, thereby preventing unnecessary euthanasia. Other states now have similar organizations.