App uses facial recognition to find lost dogs

Finding Rover app uses facial recognition to find lost dogs (CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) — Whether they’re a prize-winner or not, a lost dog can be a stressful situation for any dog owner.

That’s where “Finding Rover” comes in.

It’s a new app that helps find dogs using facial-recognition, or shall we say snout-recognition.

If the pampered pooches at the Westminster Dog Show could talk, they’d show their love for John Polimeno.

“We don’t charge anything. We don’t sell anything. Our goal is to save dogs,” says Polimeno, the mastermind behind the app . “We can identify a dog using facial recognition.”

His app registers a dog’s face and its owner’s details.

So if Fido gets lost, anyone can snap a picture to reunite man and Man’s Best Friend.

“I think the statistics out there were that 9 million dogs were lost in the United States alone,” says Polimeno. “And I think the numbers are like 30 percent to 40 percent make it home. We’re going to change that.”

In order to get dogs to look at the camera, there’s a “bark button.”

The technology behind the app cost millions of dollars to develop, but Polimeno hopes to monetize the service with ads.

“We’ve been out about a little over 90 days, and we have a little over 32,000 downloads. And we’ve already found 170 dogs,” says Polimeno.

And don’t worry. If you lose your dog before you download the app, you can always upload a picture of your pooch after. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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