Facial recognition for pets

Posted at 10:37 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 10:37:48-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla.--  Florida's Pasco County Animal Services is turning to facial recognition software to help bring more lost pets home.

Starting this week, every pet that comes into the shelter will be scanned into the Finding Rover database.

Finding Rover is a facial recognition software designed to recognize and reunite lost pets. Finding Rover features a smartphone app, putting the power of a pet detective in the palm of your hand.

Here's how it works:

If your pet goes missing, you upload a photo and create a profile.  The app then cross-references your pet's unique features with pets already in the system to find a match.

It also works in reverse. If you find an animal you can see if it's listed as lost. 

Pasco Animal Services Outreach Coordinator Rachel Stever calls the technology absolutely revolutionary: "We saw it as a great opportunity to really offer something to our community," 

In addition to lost pets, shelters can also list available pets on the app for anyone hoping to adopt.

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