For most people, when a beloved pet goes missing, owners will post up fliers, search around the neighborhood, or offer up rewards.
But now, there are several services that aid pet owners in their search for their missing cat or dog.
For Rebecca Backer, her six-year-old Labrador Mooch went missing for more than two weeks. She called animal shelters, put up fliers, and searched all over the neighborhood with no luck. Backer didn’t think she would ever find Mooch again.
Then Backer found out about FindToto.com, a nationwide Internet-based company that specializes in finding lost pets.
FindToto.com helped Backer by calling all of her neighbors with a pre-recorded message of what Mooch looked like and who to call if they found him.
A country club owner had received one of those calls, had seen Mooch around the country club, and contacted Backer. Mooch, hungry and a bit thinner, was finally reunited with Backer.
FindToto.com co-founder Krisylyn Sterlino said, “It’s like the Amber Alert for pets. Plus, putting up fliers takes a lot of time and not everyone sees them.”
Bill Rozich’s Colorado-based organization, Amber Alert for Pets, also helps find missing pets by notifying members through e-mail.
The organization has 3,700 members who have joined and have pledged to help other pet owners in the organization search for their pet if they go missing.
“Most of the members never have any contact with one another; they don’t care if you’re a one-legged person, a Democrat, a Republican, or what religion you are,” said Rozich. “All that matters is that you’re a pet owner.”
He added that his organization has found more than 300 pets.
Backer, who is extremely happy to have Mooch back, said, “It was 100 percent thanks to the phone call that I found Mooch. And he’s been well-behaved since he came back.”
Source: ABC News
(Thanks Nancy G.)