Finding Rover: New App Helps Find Lost Dogs in DFW

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DALLAS - It’s a helpless feeling when your four-legged friend turns up missing and you don’t know what to do next. Well, there's now an app for that. "Finding Rover" will help you find Rover or Fifi or Fido. You get the point.

“It all started three years ago. I was sitting at a coffee shop and saw a lost dog poster,” John Polimeno explained.  “And I said to my wife, if you can identify people using facial recognition, wouldn't it be wonderful if  you can do that for animals?”

And you don’t have to be a pet owner to use it.

Here’s how it works.  You see a lost dog, then you press the "Bark Button" to encourage the dog to look at you. Take a picture of the dog, analyze the eyes and the mouth, and update your location and contact info.

You can even register your pup, just in case.

“That’s one of the issues that we have in this city. We've got too many animals gone,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Dog owners are giving this app a "paws" up.

“This is my chihuahua, and Doberman David and Goliath. I know people that have lost animals, and it can be really heartbreaking,” Jesse Delgado said.  “You know, it’s like losing a child or family member.”

“This is Scamp, and we actually rescued him from the shelter,” Wynne Wolf said.  “I think it’s great.  He’s got a chip in him, but you’ve got to make sure you keep that updated.”

“I often see lost dog posters,” Jacqueline Kolling said.  “I think it’s a really great way to reunite dogs and their owners.”

And get this, if 20,000 people in DFW download the app, Petco Foundation charities will give Dallas Animal Services $20,000!Additionally, all of the animals at Dallas Animal Services are registered with

Additionally, all of the animals at Dallas Animal Services are registered with Finding Rover. Hot Dog!

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