Shelters, families search for dogs on Lost Dog Awareness Day - FOX 32 News Chicago

Shelters, families search for dogs on Lost Dog Awareness Day

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's National Lost Dog Awareness Day, the very first one and the group that came up with it is right here in Illinois.

Dogs are lost or even worse stolen every day here in Chicago.

The first National Lost Dog Awareness Day was created by Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs Wisconsin, volunteer organizations that help reunite dogs with their humans.

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Owners can take steps to identify their pets so they can have a better chance of finding them.

PAWS Chicago is the city's largest no-kill shelter. Dogs are housed in playrooms and all are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

If a dog is lost, they can't accept strays but they can post your lost dog flier. They remind owners that once a dog is lost, the time clock begins and if your pet winds up at a shelter, it can be put up for adoption after five days or it can be euthanized.

The Anti-Cruelty Society says if you encounter a lost dog and can corral it in a garage or yard, animal care workers or local police can help you get it to a place to have the microchip scanned.

They remind owners to update your contact information on the dog tag and microchip. Anti-Cruelty has been rescuing and placing dogs in Chicago since 1899.

Lost Dogs Illinois says, do not offer a reward for a lost dog. It can bring out people who don't have a dog's best interest in mind.

Some Chicagoans spent the day searching for their lost pet.

Angel Valsovinos and his yorkie "Lalo" grew up together. The two were inseparable until Tuesday afternoon when Lalo got loose from the leash. Angel's mom, Carina, chased after the dog, but he was gone.

A neighbor told Carina he saw a group of young girls carrying the dog, but he was unable to find them. He said one of the girls had a pink backpack. Carina says her son is devastated.

"He has been crying since yesterday and even in his sleep he was like, 'Lalo.'" Carina said of her 22-month-old son.

Carina is hoping websites like Lost Dogs Illinois will help lead Lalo back to her family.

FOX 32's Lisa Chavarria contributed to this story

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