Detroit Free Press
All those cute pictures you have on your phone of your favorite pooch? Well, take another one. It might help you locate him the next time he goes missing.
The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is now using the Finding Rover app, a facial-recognition technology that helps identify lost dogs with 98% accuracy, according to the county.
Here’s how it works: Use a smartphone to take Fluffy’s photo, with special emphasis on his nose and eyes, because those features are the two most important when it comes to identification. Then upload the photo to the app, where the Finding Rover people will keep it on file, along with your contact information.
If someone discovers your missing dog, he or she can snap a smartphone picture and upload it to the app. If there is a match, you are notified and can be reunited with your pet.
Oakland County Animal Control staff are also uploading every dog turned into the shelter, so worried owners can check to see whether their dog ended up there. And folks thinking about adopting a pet can scan the photos of those up for adoption, as well.
The county is the first in the state to use the technology. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a dog lover, said he’d heard about the technology not long ago and encouraged staff to look into it, noting that the county leads in high-tech initiatives.
“Anything to help little Billie find Rover,” he said with a laugh. “And it’s not going to cost us anything.”
Noting that the county leads in high- tech initiatives, he said this was an added bonus: “It certainly wasn’t one of my campaign promises.””
The app is free and available on iPhone and Android devices, as well as on personal computers. Register on Facebook or e-mail www.findingrover.com.