Missingpets.com: A Non-profit Nationwide Alert System to Find Missing Pets
Is your pet missing? Let MissingPets.com help! In May of 1997, Curtis Esche was praying for two things: an idea for a small business and a vision for his life. Both requests were answered while on vacation in New Jersey.
"We took the dog with us on vacation. She ran away from us in New Jersey. Although we found her within a few minutes, I suddenly realized that the way we searched for missing pets was decentralized and unorganized. You placed a flyer on a telephone pole or at the grocery. Whoever found your pet had to walk or drive by and notice your flyer. The probability of success was low. The solution was a centralized community bulletin board for posting missing pets. This was possible with the Internet and you didn't have to limit yourself to the local community. I had experience in Internet programming for the government and non-profit organizations, and decided to use my experience to help families find their missing pets. "
"I promised myself that if I ever owned a company, the organization name would reflect its purpose. The name www.missingpets.com does that. The name was easy to remember and advertise on the radio. Some people have found the site by guessing at the web address, hoping that such a web site existed. MissingPets.com has been featured in magazines, television, and the book '300 Incredible Things for Pet Lovers on the Internet' by Bob Vella and Ken Leebow. The most unusual story was an email I received about a dog found in Belgium with Arkansas dog tags. I found the owner's name and relayed it back to Belgium. The owner was recently transferred to Brussels and lost her dog."
It's a simple business.