The Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance is announcing a new service to hunters who hunt with dogs in Virginia. We have created pages on our website http://www.vahda.org to report/list your missing, lost and stolen hunting dogs. We are offering the service free to all hunters who have lost hunting dogs in Virginia only. The site offers a number of unique features that we have not found on other sites.
? All dogs will be reported as missing by email to every licensed county pound and animal shelter in Virginia that takes in stray dog in the state.
? You can include to digital pictures of each dog on the site
? You will be able to print missing posters that include the pictures and a map of the location where the dogs was last seen.
? A state map of the missing dogs reported to us statewide is available on site to alert you to missing or stolen dogs that disappeared in your area.
The Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance has heard many assertions that hunters abandon their dogs or do not care for them. Increasingly we are finding that they have actually been picked (stolen) by animal rights activists or people that think your marathon running hound is being mistreated because it is thin. Many times the dogs picked up in one county are carried many miles away and turned into shelters to prevent you from retrieving your dog. The number of tracking collars reported stolen is a good indication that it is not other hunters stealing the dogs and selling the collars!
We are also announcing a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone abandoning a hunting dog in Virginia.