Texas animal shelter using facial recognition software to find missing pets

AUSTIN, TX (KGNS) -- A Texas animal shelter is using state-of-the-art technology that could help locate missing pets.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter near Austin is trying to connect owners and stray pets through a new service called Finding Rover.

The program uses a facial recognition software to find your lost dog or cat.

Every animal that comes into the shelter will have a picture placed on the Finding Rover App and website, once the photo goes through, the app will search the database to find any missing dogs that match.

The shelter is encouraging pet lovers to join the free service to improve the odds of finding their furry friends.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter says they get about two percent of cats back to their families and about 28 percent of their dogs back to their families.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter says it will still need proof of ownership before giving the animal back even if the program comes back with the correct match.