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New face-scanning app for lost pets partners with local shelters

Posted at 6:37 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 21:38:40-05

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — Two shelters in the Bakersfield community are partnering with the Finding Rover App, which uses face recognition technology to scan your furry friends in case they are ever lost.

The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.

This is where the Finding Rover app steps in.

It's the app that will scan your pet's face and will help find them if they are missing.

"All you have to do is download the app, hit lost a pet and it will instantly start scanning all the animal shelters with any facial features that resemble your pet," said Julie Johnson, executive director for the Bakersfield Animal Care Center and Bakersfield SPCA.

The Bakersfield Animal Care Center and Bakersfield SPCA have just become official sponsors of the Finding Rover app.

The two organizations will also become members of the app's database with hundreds of other shelters across the country.

The app states that it has a 98% matching accuracy rate.

"It has already shown during the time this app has been running they have already reunited over 15,000 pets with their owners," Johnson said. "This is a way we can easily reduce our shelter population."

The app is available for both android and apple users.

The app requires information on your pet and to upload your pet's photo. Immediately after it will scan the picture and enter it into its server.

Also, it will give the option to mark your pet as lost and as soon as you do it will alert all local shelters.

"We are looking forward to the many happy reunions in the upcoming months to come," Johnson said.

The app will also serve as a local database for all adoptable pets in the area if users are searching for a new friend.