Anyone who has ever had their dog wander off, even for just a little while, knows the distress that it can cause. Not knowing where someone you love is or when they will come back is the worst feeling in the world. Avid pet lover John Palimeno hates seeing people separated from their pets. That is why he has developed a smartphone app the help reunite missing dogs with their owners.
Palimeno's new app is called Finding Rover, which was designed by and created by Palimeno and his start-up team of developers. They have been testing it for the past year and now it is on its way to app markets everywhere. The app uses facial recognition and matching software to help owners try and find their pets. Basically, owners upload a picture of their lost pooch into the Finding Rover database and then it uses the facial recognition software to match their picture to pictures of pets that other people have uploaded as found. If there is a match, owners can be reunited with their pet. A lot of outside help will be needed to make this app function as it will only happen when others upload pictures of found pets, however Palimeno has made the app free to use and download in hopes that it will take off among the extensive community of social media users who already try to help reunite pets with their owners.
Everyone has seen those lost and found pet groups on Facebook and Twitter, usually highly localized and generally very helpful. However, through this app, John Palimeno hopes to streamline the whole process and makes it easier for users who are already suffering from a lot of anxiety. Many organizations around the United States are interested in integrating this software into their everyday use. Rebecca Katz, director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control said, “Finding Rover’s facial recognition is a pretty cool software with a decent accuracy. This could be really useful for everyone.”