Finding Rover - Facial Recognition to Help Lost Pets Get Home



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 Rover

Microchipping 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.FindingRover

Taking things a step further,

has been using facial recognition software to help find peopleโ€™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 throughย a database of recentlyย 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 poochย and within a few hours they got a hit from a local rescue saying they had found her.

Close, But No Cigar


The Coxโ€™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 Coxโ€™s, Finding Rover is a very handy tool. For most families, however, the best approach is still goingย door-to-doorย and postingย flyers around the neighborhood. Mostย pets are still found by scouring the surrounding areaย and going to local shelters.

The Takeaway


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:
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