DAYTON — The Montgomery County, Ohio Animal Resource Center is now the first shelter in Ohio to offer the Finding Rover application which offers facial recognition technology to identify lost pets. Finding Rover is a free service for identifying lost and found dogs in real-time with facial recognition technology accessible through the smartphone app and website.
Now, every dog that enters the ARC system becomes registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can search the shelter right from their smartphone or computer in efforts to find their missing dog, a neighbor’s missing dog, or search for adoptable dogs.
“Montgomery County takes great pride in identifying innovative ways to help our citizens,” said County Commission President Debbie Lieberman. “Along with dog licenses and microchipping, Finding Rover can help our dedicated staff reunite dog owners with their four-legged family members.”
Every dog that leaves the ARC, through a reunion or an adoption, can remain protected on Finding Rover when the pet-parent completes registration with an email. If that dog ever gets lost, their record will already be in the system, allowing for easy identification.
“Our agency will be the first in Ohio to implement this revolutionary technology and make it easier for us to match lost pets with their owners,” said ARC Director Mark Kumpf. “This is a great step forward in our efforts to reunite lost pets.”
Registration of your pet is simple and free. Once your dogs are registered, they’re protected for life. Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code. Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.
“A dog is a beloved family member, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved,” added John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover. “We want to do everything we can to safeguard our dogs from being lost forever. Registering a dog on Finding Rover is another step all owners should take to further protect their cherished pet.”
Finding Rover is currently available on iOS, Android, and online at FindingRover.com for FREE.
For more information, contact the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457 or visit www.mcohio.org/animalshelter.