New 'Finding Rover' app helps owners reunite with lost dogs

New 'Finding Rover' app helps owners reunite with lost dogs

New 'Finding Rover' app helps owners reunite with lost dogs

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by Katherine Cook, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 8:39 PM

PORTLAND -- Losing a dog can be a painful experience. To find them, many owners post fliers. Now, a special app is letting owners use facial recognition to find and protect their dogs.

It's called Finding Rover.

Users take a picture of their dog then the app scans its face and saves it in a data base.

"It actually started 3 years ago sitting in a coffee shop with my wife," said Finding Rover developer John Palimeno. "We still have terrible memories of losing a dog, our kids in the back seat, going around the neighborhood, putting up posters."

If you lose your dog, the Finding Rover app alerts other users within a 10-mile radius. If you find a missing dog, you can take its picture and the app will compare it to other dogs in the data base -- possibly leading to a happy reunion.

"The technology sounds very swanky and people in Portland love this sort of stuff," said Barbara Baugnon with the Oregon Humane Society. “But probably the only way this would work is if everyone downloaded the app."

While people continue to learn about Finding Rover, Baugnon said there are several other effective ways of finding your dog.

"The first thing I tell people to do is to post their lost dog on Craigslist," she said. "The Multnomah County Animal Control website is also very effective."

Finally, make sure your dogs are micro-chipped and always wearing their tags-- things you can't do after your dog goes missing.

"You really want to make sure you have your pet safe and home," said Baugnon.

To learn more about Finding Rover visit www.findingRover.com.

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