Finding Monchichi | Lost Dog reunited with family in less than 24 hours

Family dog reunited with owners overnight thanks to lost-dog app and shelter partnership.

On Thursday afternoon, a sweet Brussels Griffon was brought to the Bonita campus of the San Diego Department of Animal Services. Every dog that enters the county shelters in San Diego gets registered on Finding Rover. Curious to see if the dog had been reported Lost by the owner on Finding Rover, the Deputy Director, Dan DeSousa, did a facial recognition search hoping to find a match. Unfortunately, no Lost report for a Brussels Griffon had been published.

While Dan was having dinner that same night, he received a push notification from the Finding Rover app alerting him to keep his eyes-peeled for a Brussels Griffon. With a racing heart, he opened Finding Rover to see the same sweet dog he searched for early in the day! From the Finding Rover digital Lost Poster, he clicked “Contact Owner,” and emailed her right away saying,

The dog was brought to our shelter on Sweetwater Road earlier today, so rest assured that she is safe… Hope to see you tomorrow when we open at 9:30am!
— Daniel E. DeSousa, Deputy Director, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services

The worried owners contacted Dan almost immediately, saying their prayers had been answered! Dan learned that the owner was in Los Angeles at The City of Hope hospital. The house sitter had taken the tags off of the dog, Monchichi, and they believe the UPS man left the gate open. Little Monchichi then took a trip around the block.  

Thanks to Finding Rover and the partnership with San Diego County of Animal Services, Monchichi was returned home in less than 24 hours!

Thank God for Finding Rover!
— Sherry Smith, owner's close friend

Please register your dog on Finding Rover, and tell your friends and neighbors because it could mean a speedy reunion, just like Monchichi and her family! 

A dog is a beloved family member, and if he or 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

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 and use.

Helpful links:

County of San Diego Department of Animal Services -

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Published on by Brandi Blankenship.

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