Lost Your Pet? How Facial Recognition Technology Could Help

Houston’s animal shelters promote new app to reunite lost pets with their owners.


There’s a new way to find your lost pet.

The BARC animal shelter wants people to use pet facial recognition on their smart phones to reunite lost pets and owners.

“All you have to do is download the app, just look up Finding Rover in your app store,” explains BARC’s Marketing Coordinator Ashtyn Rivet. “And take a picture of your pet, that’s the first step. You’ll identify the little eyes and nose and it’ll be in the Finding Rover system.”


Photo courtesy of Finding Rover App for Android

So if a pet is lost, anyone who finds it, including animal control officers, can use the Finding Rover app to match photos and contact the owner.

Photo courtesy of Finding Rover App for Android

The Harris County Animal Control Department has a similar program, but uses the PiP app.



Laurie Johnson

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