Anyone who has lost a pet knows that gut-wrenching worry when they realize their dog is loose.
A new smartphone app is using cutting edge technology to help to quickly spread the word.
The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million dogs and cats go missing every year in the United States.
“It's such a horrible feeling to have your pet disappear,” said Liz Bennett from Bandit’s Place.
The app is called “Finding Rover” and helps reunite missing dogs with their owners.
It works by using facial recognition technology.
Pet owners can scan a picture of their dog, identifying his or her unique features.
If the dog ever goes missing, users can report it lost with a click of a button.
The app alerts a network of local dog organizations like rescues and veterinarians to be on the lookout.
If someone finds the missing dog, they can take a photo of the dog using the app.
If there’s a match, the owners contact information pops up.
“I think it's a great idea,” said Janele Murac of Newington, who has two dogs named Wrigley and Ellie.
She said this app is one she would consider using.
“It could always happen...and at this day in age, everybody's on their phone,” Murac said.
“The more exposure you can get that your pet happens to be lost, the better. And the faster you can get that information the better. The better your chances are of having that pet found,” Bennett said.
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