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Nothing quite compares to the worry and panic when a pet goes missing. People sometimes consider pets family members or kids.

Animal shelters have started using the Finding Rover app (iOS, Android) to help reunite lost furry friends with their humans.

By using facial recognition, Finding Rover can try to identify the pet even if the collar with contact information is missing.

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After signing up, users can take a picture of their pet and register it in the app's database as a precautionary measure.

Tap the More button at the bottom right to add your pet(s) to your profile. Finding Rover will ask you to take a picture of your pet. You can also upload one.

I had some trouble trying to upload my cat's photos. It seems profiles require a straight-on image of the pet. After you upload the image, you'll fill out your pet's information like its name, nickname, breed, sex, age, and whether it's microchipped.

If your pet goes missing, you can go to your profile and tap Report Lost. Finding Rover will ask you where (approximately) where the pet disappeared and generate a digital missing poster for the animal. The information will include your email, the date your pet went missing, if you're offering a reward, and if the pet is friendly, vaccinated, and microchipped.

There's quick report option in the bottom toolbar. If you tap it, the app will ask if you want to report a lost pet or a found pet. If you select Found Pet, you can take a photo of the pet in the app.

In addition to helping families, Finding Rover has a social media aspect to foster relationships with other pet owners. You can share cute photos, trade tips, and look through adoptable pets nearby.

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  1. The Finding Rover app helps owners report their pets as missing and find them faster. The app uses facial recognition technology to match lost pets in its database.
  2. Users can share photos, trade pet tips, and adopt pets at the local shelter through the app.

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