There is an exciting new development in the world of lost pets: facial recognition apps. Although losing a pet is a gut-wrenching experience, these apps promise to fill in an important hole in the identification process and provide a technologically advanced and far-reaching solution for bringing pets home.
Although pet identification tags and microchips are helpful, both have a myriad of problems. Tags can get lost or become difficult to read while microchips do not show up on every microchip scanner and include databases that must be kept updated and current. Facial recognition apps, on the other hand, create a network of veterinarians, shelters, rescues and organizations that have access to your pet’s facial photo and can easily use the app to identify and return the pet to its rightful owner. Here is how facial recognition software apps work to bring lost pets home:
- Pet owners take a snapshot of their pet
In order for the app software to work, a front-facing photograph is needed for the database. Pet owners simply snap a photo of their pet’s face, upload it into the system, and use the convenient marking guides to match up the eyes and nose and submit it for verification.
The app’s issuing company then verifies the photo and uploads it into their database. Although these photos are meant to be uploaded before a pet goes missing, the process will work equally well with a recent photo of an already lost pet. This is how Roxy, a Shiba Inu, was returned to her family after four days of separation.
- The snapshot is uploaded to the “community”
Finding Rover - one of the two current facial recognition software companies - currently has a network of more than 200 shelters in its community queue. When a front-facing snapshot is uploaded, it is automatically dispersed to every pet-related organization enrolled in the program.
- The finder uploads a snapshot of the found pet
In the event a pet goes missing and is subsequently found, the person who found the pet simply needs to take a front-facing photo of the animal and input it into the facial recognition app database. When a match is found, the owner’s contact information appears and the return process begins.
- Your pet comes home!
There is nothing quite as joyful as a pet being reunited with its family after a period of absence. Unfortunately, since the majority of pets that end up in shelters do not have any form of identification, a joyful reunion can quickly become a virtual impossibility. Although pet facial recognition software is meant to be used in concert with identification tags and microchips rather than by itself, this exciting new advancement promises great strides towards reuniting more lost pets with their owners.
Pet owners love their animals and want to do everything they can to ensure their pet’s safety, security and happiness. Facial recognition software apps are a wonderful way to increase the probability of a happy reunion in the unfortunate event that a pet is lost or goes missing. The convenient, easy-to-use app software reaches a wide network of pet-related organizations and increases the likelihood that your pet will be returned to after an unforeseen separation.