Lost Dog…We Have an App for That!

Finding Rover is an amazing app currently only available on the IPhone, but soon on the Droid. It uses a dog’s facial recognition to help reunite lost dogs with their owners. It was developed by none other than…a pet owner! But first, you need to register your dog’s photo on Finding Rover. But don’t worry, its free!! San Diego Animal Services will be working with these dedicated people to start capturing photographs of all the dogs at our three shelters. I wonder about cat facial recognition. Wouldn’t it recognize a cat as well?

Loosing a pet is a horrific time, accidents do happen. I write about and know how to take care of pets properly and this happened to me about 3 weeks ago. Heidi, our Shih Tzu, escaped from our yard, surrounded by a 6 ft. solid wood fence. I call her Houdini. And no, she cannot go under. 🙂 She was found the first thing next morning, but it was a scary time. Not knowing where your pet is or if he/she is safe! If your dog is micro-chipped, make sure you are registered for that as well.

Have more than one dog? Click the menu button at the top left of the home screen and select “My Dogs” under the Profile section. Click on the “Add Dog” tab and follow the instructions to add your new dog.

I found a dog, what do I do?

You take a photo and facial recognition technology will search for a match. If you see the dog, call the owner or contact them through the app. Before long, the dog will be back home! No more need to pack an unknown dog in your car and take it to a vet to see if it has a microchip.

I lost my dog, what do I do?

If you’ve already registered, simply report your dog as lost and we’ll do a facial recognition search to find matches of dogs that have been found in your area.

If you haven’t yet registered, upload a photo of your dog so we can do the search for matches. Soon, your dog will be back home again!

How can I help others?

If you ever see a dog that looks lost, snap a photo and do a search. You can also check out the Nearby section to see lost and found dogs in your area. The more we are all on the lookout, the more dogs we can bring home! There are way too many dogs in the shelters as it is.

Source: Finding Rover

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