Miami-Dade Partners with Facial Recognition app to save dogs

Miami-Dade Partners with Facial Recognition app to save dogs

As of March 18, 2015, all dogs entering Miami-Dade Animal Services will get automatically registered on Finding Rover. When a dog is registered on Finding Rover, he or she is protected with revolutionary facial recognition technology. Now, every dog in the Miami-Dade shelter can be searched by Finding Rover members. This 98% accurate, photo-matching technology is FREE and available for anyone to use on a smartphone or computer. 

Here's a video explaining the app by the Miami Herald

Here are some excerpts, from and explaining the integration:

[Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Alex] Muñoz said the app will help the agency become a no-kill shelter. Last year, the shelter saved 82 percent of the dogs and 80 percent of the cats. Muñoz said only about 1,000 of about 15,000 animals that come into the shelter annually are reunited with their families.

’We are always looking for new ways to keep animals safe and out of the shelter,’ he said.
Animal Services’ database of dogs is integrated into the Finding Rover mobile app, so users who download the app and register their pets can then search for found dogs who may currently be at the shelter.

When a community comes together on Finding Rover, more dogs can be saved! Share this article with your friends and neighbors, and together we can bring all dogs home!

Would your local shelter like to be the next Partner using Finding Rover? Email FREE!

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BARC & Friends for Life Partner with Finding Rover in Houston, TX

BARC & Friends for Life Partner with Finding Rover in Houston, TX

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, along with Friends for Life No-Kill Shelter, have officially partnered with Finding Rover! Now, every stray dog that enters these shelters can be instantly identified on the Finding Rover app or website using facial recognition technology for FREE. BARC and Friends for Life adoptable dogs are also shown on Finding Rover! Now it is easier than ever to search for your missing dog or adopt a new family member from BARC and Friends for Life! 

On Tuesday, February 24th, Mayor Annise Parker will lead a Press Conference at Houston City Hall in the Proclamation Room at 10am announcing the BARC and Friends for Life official partnership with Finding Rover. Along with Houston's Mayor, the Finding Rover Founder will also speak to the life-saving integration. 

In 2010, Mayor Parker was name one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. The Finding Rover team is honored to have her support as we partner with BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions and Friends for Life No Kill Shelter. 





Now all Houstonians can search these shelters for their dog just by clicking a few buttons on Finding Rover, which saves time for both the impounded pooch and worried pet-parents. This partnership aims to increase reclaims and adoptions exponentially as the community grows on Finding Rover.

In some cases, stray dogs can skip the shelter intake process and head straight home when the dog is properly registered on Finding Rover. Pet-parents are encouraged to register their dogs before they get lost because, if that moment comes, a digital Lost Dog poster can be created on Finding Rover in seconds.

When a pet is reported Lost or Found, a push-notification goes out to every member in 5 miles. Members of the community can join the search party by clicking "Search" on a dog's digital poster, and then create matches if they see a familiar face. 

Finding Rover's facial recognition technology is 98% accurate in matching Lost & Found dog posters together; making it the most effective tool for identifying a stray dog. When a large community comes together using Finding Rover, the return-home rates for dogs will sky-rocket! And Finding Rover is always FREE! We need your help spreading the word! 

BARC and Friends for Life have now officially joined the pack of shelters using Finding Rover: 

  1. San Diego County Department of Animal Services - San Diego; Main - CA
  2. San Diego County Department of Animal Services - North County - CA
  3. San Diego County Department of Animal Services - South County - CA
  4. San Diego Humane Society - San Diego; Main - CA
  5. San Diego Humane Society - Escondido - CA
  6. San Diego Humane Society - Oceanside - CA
  7. San Diego Humane Society - Carlsbad - CA
  8. RSPCA (12 Locations) - Queensland, AUS 
  9. Austin Animal Center - TX

Coming soon:

  1. Miami, FL
  2. New York, NY
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Sacramento, CA
  6. & MORE!

Want to become a partner for FREE, get more dogs adopted out of your shelter or rescue, and reunite more pets with their families? It's simple; email with your information.

Please help the Finding Rover community grow, and share the app with friends, family, and neighbors via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+

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All About That Face Music Video

All About That Face Music Video

Millions and millions of family dogs enter local shelters every year, and Finding Rover is dedicated to helping adoptable and stray dogs find their loving homes. The Finding Rover team was inspired to create a parody music video about adoptable and missing dogs to build awareness in a fun, positive, and catchy way.

Watch and Share here:

 This video has it all; dogs in wigs, preppy pastel attire, a pink dog house, and original lyrics that will get stuck in your head for days. “All About That Face” features rescue dogs showing off their talents as they act out a scenario of lead dog, Chewy, being lost then found with Finding Rover’s facial recognition technology. 

Chief Barkaroo, John Polimeno, was with his granddaughter and heard the pop hit by Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass,” on the radio. Laughing, he watched his granddaughter dance and sing along, and he was compelled to spin the hit in a dog-centric direction. With some planning and help from professionals, Finding Rover’s “All About That Face” was born.

Shelters and rescues across the United States, Canada, and Australia feature their adoptable and found dogs right on Finding Rover. These partnerships allow their dogs to be searchable by the pubic using facial recognition technology. When communities and shelters come together on Finding Rover, more dogs can find home. Sharing this video helps dogs around the world find loving homes. Join the pack, and support the underdog with Finding Rover.

Here are some photos from behind the scenes of our "All About That Face" shoot by Rachel Rose Photo

Here are even more great photos from the set by Neil Lockhart Photography

We could not have made this video without these amazing people: THANK YOU

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In the Media | Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Spotlight

In the Media | Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Spotlight

Hallmark Channel TV Show, Home & Family, is dedicated to building awareness for lost, found, and adoptable pets nation wide. On January 30th, Finding Rover's Chief Barkaroo, John, jumped in the hot seat for hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines to answer the tough questions about facial recognition for pets. Catch it all here:

Video via Hallmark Channel.

Here are pics from our adventure on set:

Thank you to Morgan, Suzanne, Cristina, Mark, Jim, and the entire Hallmark Team for having us! Watch Home & Family weekdays at 10am/9c only on Hallmark Channel!

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Austin Animal Center leads Texas in reuniting lost dogs with owners

Austin Animal Center leads Texas in reuniting lost dogs with owners

Austin Animal Center is leading Texas in reuniting lost dogs with owners by using facial recognition for pets.

For weeks, Finding Rover and Austin Animal Center have be troubleshooting and perfecting this new integration.

As of December 4th, the people in and around Austin will be able to check the shelter for their lost dog and search adoptable dogs right from their phone or computer in real time! 

Finding Rover will enable the shelter to communicate with the public quickly and more direct. 

When a pet enters the Austin Animal Center system as a stray, he/she will also enter the Finding Rover system automatically- making that pet searchable to Finding Rover users.

Users can "follow" the Austin Animal Center 'Pack' right on their phone or computer. Austin Animal Center's adoptable pets will be showcased on Finding Rover in real time! 

This mobile app is just one more resource in our tool box that will make it easier for lost dogs to find their owners. We are thrilled that Finding Rover has chosen Austin as their launch city in Texas, and are pleased that this app will help reduce dogs entering the shelter in the first place.
— Chief Animal Services Officer, Abigail Smith

To officiate the integration and answer any questions, Finding Rover and Austin Animal Center will be hosting a launch party on Thursday, December 4th, at 3pm at the Austin Animal Center 7201 Levander Loop location. The first 200 attendees will receive goody bags, and Nulo pet food company will also be donating 5,000 pounds of dog food at this event. 

What is Finding Rover?

Finding Rover features a lost and found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social feed photo alert to users within a 10 mile radius. When a user spots a lost dog, he/she can take a photo either within the app, or upload a photo from a device’s photo album. When a dog has been found and identified through Finding Rover’s facial recognition software, the finder will receive information on how to notify the owner.

Key benefits of using Finding Rover include: 

  • Simple to register: Registration is easy through Facebook and email – all you need is a picture of your dog and a zip code.
  • Easy to use: Anyone with a mobile phone can take a photo of a lost dog, which will be instantly posted on Finding Rover.
  • Technologically advanced: Finding Rover spent two years with The University of Utah research and development (R&D) department creating its proprietary facial recognition technology. Finding Rover has the only technology that instantly recognizes a dog on the spot.
  • Social: Finding Rover unites dog owners based on common interests and provides a forum for users to read up on the latest dog news, share content and interact.
  • Free! Finding Rover is free to download.
A dog is a beloved family member and if he/she goes missing it can be devastating to everyone involved. 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.
— John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover

Austin Animal Center Press Release.

Finding Rover will soon integrate with San Antonio and Houston shelters. 

Finding Rover is currently available at and works on iOS devices, Android devices, and the Web.

To view an overview video, visit: YouTube-Finding Rover

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