Lost your dog? Find with phone! A three-step process records your dogs facial features (- FindingRover.com)
Lost your dog? Find with phone!
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There must be a better way to find a lost dog. It's not easy to make phone calls, posters and knock on the doors of neighbors.

But when your pet is lost, you feel bad. Until you find it.

Now there's a new way. Joanne Cox's family in California turned to a website and app. It's used by San Diego County Animal Services. It helped to reconnect them with their dog, Roxy. Roxy is a Shiba inu.

The website is called FindingRover.com. It keeps photos from the county shelters. It tries to match eight facial markers on dogs. Eyes and noses are important areas. Eye size and their position near the snout make a difference.

The creator of the website is John Polimeno. He wants to expand the photo database to help more dogs be found.

The website is the only one that uses facial recognition for dogs. But other online tools can be used to find lost pets. They include alarm systems, social media alerts and apps that post rewards or call people.

Plus, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has its own mobile app for recovering pets. It offers tips on the best ways to search. And it allows users to create a digital flier to share online.

Facial recognition worked for the Cox family. Roxy bolted during a thunderstorm in July. Five days later, the family's 10-year-old daughter created a free Finding Rover account. It matched her photo to one taken at the shelter. It was Roxy.

Every dog that enters San Diego County's three shelters is added to the photo database. Daniel deSousa, the system's deputy director, says the program can work two ways:

Someone finds a dog, takes its picture and sends it to the database. A match creates a notice to the owner. The owner then can arrange a pickup.

Dogs in to the shelters have their photos run against the database. If there's a match, the owner gets a call.

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COMMENTS (7)
  • 03Alex-May
    8/14/2014 - 02:43 p.m.

    I cant belive how fast tech is advansing, hours of work turn to seconds. this is amasing.

  • Dra
    9/08/2014 - 11:35 a.m.

    That s really cool that there is a app to find your pet

  • Sec20614
    9/08/2014 - 11:36 a.m.

    I think the app is a good cheap way to help people find there pup.

  • sparkle345
    9/12/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    First of all wouldn't you be so glad if you found your dog with your Phone! The person who made this app is a genius! I think this app is amazing! Aren't we glad for technology! I now I would be pretty glad to find my dog with my phone! I know people who has lost their dog and it did not com back. Now you don't even have to worry about that now with this amazing app!

  • Nailan-Sal
    10/06/2014 - 09:31 a.m.

    Wow I lost my dog a few weeks ago and my dad brote a oter
    Cry baby dog. I miss my old dog he was my little baby so wee put pictures of
    Him in some places

  • skylarwST11
    10/13/2014 - 09:37 a.m.

    This artical has good info so if this is real it might help my friend. She will be so exited this is a good idea for an artical.

  • EthanJ-Dis
    5/01/2015 - 12:24 p.m.

    It looks funny. Can it work? I have dog and he gets lost sometimes. He's my favorite friend dog in the world and he loves me. He is a good dog. Everyone likes him if you see him and he sees you. :)

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