Three animal shelters in Sacramento are partnering with a company that has developed a facial recognition app to help owners reunite with their lost dogs.
The Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, the City Of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter and the Sacramento SPCA announced Tuesday that they will begin using the app called Finding Rover, registering every animal that enters the shelters.
Owners can report missing pets by uploading a photo into the app, which will then come up with possible matches based on what's already in the system. That network includes shelters, veterinarians and other pet owners.
The app can also send out notifications and alerts through social media if a dog is lost. If someone finds a dog, that person can upload a photo and add a digital poster into an interactive map to show exactly where the animal was found.
Users are also able to view and get information about adoptable animals through the app.
Registration for Finding Rover is free and the app is available for iPhones and Android.
~Capital Public Radio Staff