New technology to help people find their pets

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA just introduced a new facial recognition technology system that will help pet owners find their lost pets.

Finding Rover is a website and an app that will allow owners to report dogs and cats being lost.

Angie Gunter, the director of the CASPCA, said the app is a huge gamechanger.

"This will allow us to reunite pets with their owners even faster and hopefully keep animals out of the shelter and it is really simple to use," she said.

Pet owners can upload their pet's picture, type in their pet's information and a description of what the pet looks like and the pet is registered for life.

Gunter says one of the benefits of the app is eliminating the need for knowing the breed of the pet.

"Some people when they are looking for their pets, they describe their dogs as a lab mix and some may think it is a pit mix," said Gunter. "It really makes it confusing. So facial recognition technology eliminates room for error."

For pet owners, Finding Rover provides them another resource to find their pets in addition to older methods such as posting flyers around neighborhoods.

"It so much work to print flyers and reach out to everyone," said pet owner Moriah Good. "Using the app, I'm able to really easily report that my pet is missing and get alerts letting me know if there are any pets being found that match what my pets look like."

Gunter said the key to making Finding Rover a success here in the area is involvement.

"That is what is going to make it a gamechanger," said Gunter. "The more people involved, the greater impact it is going to have."

Finding Rover can also be used to adopt lost pets from the SPCA.

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