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First Shelter in Nation to use Facial Recognition App to Find Lost Dogs

FINDING FIDO A SNAP FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES  

WHAT:        

San Diego County Animal Services joins forces with Finding Rover to become the first shelter in the nation to use a facial recognition app to reunite lost dogs with their owners. The free app uses snapshots to match the faces of lost dogs with those that have been found or admitted to one of the three County shelters, and allows pet owners to look for their animals via smartphone or computer. The facial recognition technology shows possible matches within seconds.
 

WHEN:       

Friday, May 16, 2 p.m.

WHERE:      

County Animal Services 5480 Gaines Street San Diego, CA 92110-2887

WHO:          

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, County Board of Supervisors
John Polimeno, Finding Rover Founder/CEO
Dawn Danielson, Director, County of San Diego Animal Services
Austin Gates, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Mark Townend, Shelter Buddy CEO
Harrison Forbes, Celebrity Pet Expert   
                     
WHY:           

Finding Rover gives the public and San Diego County Animal Services yet another tool to reunite missing dogs with their owners. The app may allow reunions within minutes versus days and avoids the need to capture the animal and take him to the shelter. As the first shelter in the nation to use the app, County Animal Services will serve as a model to shelters around the world interested in adopting this technology.   
 
VISUALS:    

Demonstration of the Finding Rover app system and pet owners with their dogs signing up for the service. Tours of the shelter are also available.  For more information visit http://www.sddac.com/index.asp  OR http://www.findingrover.com

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