A lost pet is never an easy thing to deal with, but thanks to technological advancements, finding them again is getting easier every day.
Meet Finding RoverMicrochipping
alone has been responsible for the safe return of thousands of runaway pets. Also, things like social media have made it possible for pet parents in need to alert a wide audience all at once.
Taking things a step further, FindingRover.com
has been using facial recognition software to help find people’s lost dogs. By uploading photos of your lost pet, Finding Rover generates a profile based on eight distinct features (eyes, ears, nose, etc.) and runs it through a database of recently uploaded photos from shelters across the country. If Finding Rover finds a match, they 'ping' you back with the results.For the Cox family in San Diego, Finding Rover helped them reconnect with their lost Shiba Inu
, Roxy. They plugged in a few pictures of their lost pooch and within a few hours they got a hit from a local rescue saying they had found her.
Close, But No Cigar
The Cox’s story is touching, but the truth is that their situation is more unusual than one might hope. For a program like Finding Rover to be truly effective, it needs wider implementation. As it stands, the innovative facial recognition program is only available in select cities. But that is mostly because the program is still building an audience.Once Finding Rover gains some traction, more shelters
will begin uploading pictures of recent rescues. If shelters start using the system, pet parents will be more inclined to register their pet. The more the system is used, the more data is entered. The more data the site collects, the more effective the program becomes. If everyone with a dog registered with Finding Rover today, and if every shelter uploaded photos of recent rescues, returning a lost dog to their rightful family would be as easy as 1...2...3.So for a few families, like the Cox’s, Finding Rover is a very handy tool. For most families, however, the best approach is still going door-to-door and posting flyers around the neighborhood. Most pets are still found by scouring the surrounding area and going to local shelters.
Programs like Finding Rover are sure to make the process of finding a lost pet much simpler, and pet parents and shelters should be encouraged to participate. However, while these services are still in the development stage, people dealing with a runaway pet
should rely more on traditional methods (i.e., posting flyers and searching neighboring yards) to recover their lost pal.Source:http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/picture-facial-recognition-find-lost-dogs-24864913https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/lost-and-found-dogs/how-pet-microchips-work/