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Pet facial recognition technology is another way to help reunite families with pets lost during Irma

MIAMI (September 20, 2017)

Finding Rover and Miami-Dade Animal Services (Animal Services) can help reunite families that lost their pets due to Hurricane Irma using innovative facial recognition technology. This vital service is completely free and can be accessed with a mobile phone or computer which makes the pet instantly searchable.

"Our partnership with Finding Rover is a key role in helping us reunite pets and families after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma," said Alex Muñoz, director of Animal Services. “By utilizing this groundbreaking tool, it will be an incredible asset for our rescue and relief efforts in the community.”

How it works: If you have a lost pet, upload a photo on http://findingrover.com or using the Finding Rover mobile app. Finding Rover will then show pets with matching characteristics that have been reported lost. If you lose your pet and they are not registered on Finding Rover, you can still search for your pet by clicking "Help for IRMA" on Finding Rover’s website.

Finding Rover’s database of pets is integrated into their mobile app, so users who download the app and register their pets can then search for found animals who may currently be at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

"A dog or cat is a beloved family member, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved, especially in times of disasters," said John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover. "We want to do everything we can to safeguard our dogs and cats from being lost forever. Registering a dog or cat in Finding Rover is another step all owners should take to further protect their cherished pet."

In addition to registering your pet on Finding Rover, pet owners should take additional measures to find their pets:

  • Search for your pet on Animal Services’ website.
  • If your pet is microchipped, register or update the registration on your pet’s microchip immediately.

Finding Rover is currently available at http://findingrover.com at no charge on both iOS and Android devices.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Animal Services provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted 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 adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.

About Finding Rover

Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology to identify dogs and cats in real time from a smartphone or computer. The app and website features a lost and found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social-feed photo-alert to users within a 10 mile radius. When 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. When 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.