Emergency Alert System for Missing Pets

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

You've heard of Amber Alerts for missing children, now an internet service is applying that same idea to missing pets.

It's called FindToto.com, and it works by alerting hundreds, even thousands in a neighborhood of a lost animal. This national pet alert system is seeing success in the Brazos Valley.

It's something Lynn Koch and her son Carlton hoped they'd never have to do; drive street to street looking for any sign of their lost dog Junbug.

"One of his roommates opened the door not realizing, and she just ran," Lynn Koch said. "She just ran looking for us, but we had left,"

Junbug went missing about a week ago, and since then Lynn and her family have been trying everything they can to find her.

"We've been to the Humane Society everyday, calling the police department everyday to talk to the animal control officers, who do animal control, to see if they found her. We also got posters and flyers up all over," Koch said.

But seven days later and still no sightings of Junbug.

"I think there's still hope, but I think each day it goes down-the chance of getting her back," Carlton Welch said.

It was a similar story for Rachel Petrofes, when her dog Marley went missing just last week.

"Pretty much everyday we would just drive through the neighborhood looking for him and never found him," Petrofes said.

That is until Rachel turned to the website FindToto.com.

"It said instantly alert thousands of your neighbors, and I said that would be a good idea," Petrofes said.

Rachel opted to send 750 calls out to nearby neighbors and residents hoping to find Marley. Within just a couple of hours Marley was back home.

"I got two or three calls from people saying they had seen him, so that gave us a good idea where to look," Petrofes said. "Then at 11:30 p.m. that night a lady called and said she had him."

For Lynn Koch who checks the animal shelter everyday hoping to find her Junebug, she says FindToto.com could be her last hope.

"If we didn't get her back, I don't know, I'll have to deal with it," Koch said.

Currently, the alert system successfully locates about two out of every five dogs.
One thing some users and potential users of this service have been worried about is that FindToto.com calls landlines, not cell phones.

However, we did contact FindToto.com, and they say they can tell you up front if there is enough landlines in your area for their search. They say so far they have never had to turn anyone away.

If you see Junbug you're asked to call Lynn at 956-245-9229

For more information on FindToto click on the link below


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