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Pet facial recognition technology is proving successful at reuniting lost pets at Miami-Dade Animal Services with their owners

MIAMI (August 07, 2015)

The Finding Rover Mobile App and Miami-Dade Animal Services partnership has resulted in five successful pet and owner reunions, to date. 

The first reunion involved pet owner, Eileen. After learning her dog was missing she was advised by a family member to download the app and create a profile with a photo of her four-year old terrier mix named Pink. Soon after doing so, the app went to work searching the database and found that Pink, was at the Animal Services shelter. Eileen immediately called the shelter and then made the trip to pick up her beloved dog.

Since then, there have been four more successful reunions as a result of the Finding Rover Animal Services partnership. 

Animal Services is the first shelter in Florida to partner with the Finding Rover mobile app company that helps pet owners find their lost dogs in real-time using facial recognition technology.

Since the start of the partnership in March 2015, Animal Services’ database of dogs have been automatically uploaded and integrated into the Finding Rover mobile app. Users who download the app and register their pets can then search for found dogs who may currently be at the shelter.

“Ensuring the quick and safe return of any dog that may go missing in Miami-Dade County through the use of this important technology is exactly what we were hoping for when we decided to partner with the Finding Rover app company,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “I’m very happy to hear that it is working as another layer of protection against someone losing their beloved pets.”

Nationally, more than 10 million pets go missing each year. Finding Rover’s facial recognition technology helps reunite more dogs with their owners by enabling anyone to instantly identify a missing dog on the spot by simply taking a photo on a mobile device.

Finding Rover features a lost and found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social feed photo alert if a dog is lost or found within a 10 mile radius. If a user spots a lost dog, he/she can take a photo either within the app, or upload a photo from a device’s photo album. Once a dog has been found and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, the finder will receive information on how to notify the owner.

Key benefits of the app include:

  • Easy to register: Registration is easy registration through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.
  • Easy to use: Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.
  • Technologically advanced: Finding Rover spent two years with The University of Utah research and development (R&D) department creating its proprietary facial recognition technology. Finding Rover has the only technology that instantly recognizes a dog on the spot.
  • Social: Finding Rover unites dog owners based on common interests and provides a forum for users to read up on the latest dog news, share content and interact.
  • Free! Finding Rover is free to download.

Finding Rover is currently online and works on iPhone, Android, or the Web. For an overview visit the website.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County.