Monterey County and Salinas Animal Services announced Tuesday that they will start using new facial recognition technology to find lost dogs and cats.
The shelters said that now every dog and cat that enters the system will be registered on Finding Rover, and they can use Finding Rover to search the shelter and surrounding areas from their smartphones or computers to find their missing pet, a neighbor’s missing pet, the family of a found pet or search for adoptable pets.
The dogs and cats that leave the shelter through reunion or adoption can stay on Finding Rover when the owner registers on the service with the same email address that the shelter has on file. If the dog or cat gets lost, the pet’s record will be in the system and easier to identify.
“Dogs and cats are beloved family members, and if he or she goes missing, it can be devastating to everyone involved. We want to do everything we can to safeguard our pets from being lost forever. Registering on Finding Rover is another step all pet parents should take to further protect their furry family members,” said the CEO and founder of Finding Rover, John Polimeno.
Finding Rover also features dogs and cats that are available for adoption, including those in Monterey County and Salinas Animal Services’ shelter.
To register a pet, go to www.findingrover.com, upload your pet’s photo, enter a few details and enter location and contact information.
For more information about Monterey County Animal Services, go to www.mtyhd.org/animalservices or call 831-769-8850. To learn more about Salinas Animal Services, go to www.salinasanimals.com or call 831-758-7285.