Posted By Jeff Rivenbark email
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When Tim and Angela Groves lost their dog Mingus earlier this month, they tried everything to find him.
"We did the whole flyer thing, I even set up a Facebook group called Find The Dog," says Tim.
It wasn't until Angela was doing a simple Google search on tips for finding lost dogs that she came across the company called FindToto.com.
"On the second day Mingus was missing, I paid the money to see if they could help," Angela says.
FindToto.com has been in business for 16 months and boasts a 75% success rate for finding lost pets. Once your pet goes missing, you simply go to the company's website and enter a description of your pet and your contact information.
Within one hour the company will start calling your neighbors, and a voice message will tell them to be on the lookout for your pet.
"They're calls like the politicians make at election time. A computer dials but it's a real human voice you hear on the message," says Colleen Busch with FindToto.com
The company can call 1,000 of your neighbors within 15 minutes. The more you pay for the service, the more calls go out. 500 calls will cost you $95, while 10,000 calls will cost nearly $900.
"We've had moms call their neighbors and say 'I don't know where your cat is but I have three teenage boys sitting on the couch and I'm telling them to get on their bikes right now and start looking'," Busch says.
Tim and Angela paid for the 1,000 call package and within five minutes of the calls going out, Mingus was back home.
"Our neighbor called and said I think I have your dog here," Tim says.