Ruidoso animal shelter uses face recognition app to reunite lost dogs with owners

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico animal shelter is using an app and canine facial recognition to make sure lost pets find their way back to their owners.

It’s a fear all pet owners know well, your dog getting out. Well, there’s an app to help re-unite stray dogs with their worried owners and the Lincoln County Humane Society in Ruidoso has partnered up with it.

“We really hope everybody does get this app it’s pretty easy,” said Dejae Mason with the shelter.

It’s called “Finding Rover” and you can download the app onto your smartphone or log on with a computer.

Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology and scans the unique features of your dog’s face and keeps it on file in case it ever gets taken into the local animal shelter which takes a picture of the dog’s face and searches for a match.

It also sends out app alerts, just push the lost button and everyone in the area with the app gets a message.

Every dog that enters the humane society’s shelter is registered on the app as well. Users can search the shelter for their missing dog or look at dogs up for adoption.

“That’s what we’re trying to do, find every animal a home and once they find a home we try to keep them there,” said Mason.

You can create a profile through Facebook or by providing an email address. It’s free on Android and Apple devices.

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