Lost Dog? Oakland County Using Facial Recognition App to Find Rover

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The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is the first shelter in the state to use a new app that utilizes facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs, says L. Brooks Patterson, county executive. 

“Now it is easier than ever to search for your missing dog or adopt a new family member,” says Bob Gatt, manager of Oakland County Animal Control Division.

The free Finding Rover app and website allows pet owners to take a front-facing shot of their dog that includes a clear view of the eyes and nose. The photos are then uploaded to the app where they are stored in a database.

If a someone finds a lost dog, they can take a photo and upload it to the app and the app will scan the database for a match. Officials with the app say it is able to identify lost dogs with 98 percent accuracy.

Starting this month, the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center staff will register every dog that enters the shelter on Finding Rover. The center’s adoptable dogs will also be on Finding Rover. 


The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center offers housing and medical care to more than 5,000 animals on an annual basis.

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