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Pontiac — Oakland County dog lovers have a new, high-tech tool that can help them locate lost pets.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Wednesday the county’s Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is the first animal shelter in the state to use the Finding Rover app to help reunite wayward dogs with their owners.

“Oakland County is nationally recognized as a leader in implementing technology to improve how we operate,” Patterson said. “The Finding Rover app is just one more example of our commitment.”

To use the app, a pet owner takes a smartphone photo of a dog’s face, including its eyes and nose. That photo is critical to the facial recognition technology, the county said in a news release.

The pet owner uploads the photo to the Finding Rover app or website, where after it is approved, it becomes part of a database.

A person who finds a lost dog can take a photo in the same manner and upload it on the app or website in hopes of finding a match. Once a match is made, Finding Rover notifies the owner, who can then call the person who found the pet to arrange a pickup.

Starting this month, the county’s Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center staff will register every dog that enters the shelter on Finding Rover and scan the app for matches. App users also can look at every dog in the shelter when trying to find their lost pet.

“Finding Rover will revolutionize how we return lost dogs to their owners,” said Bob Gatt, manager of the county’s animal control division. “We really encourage every dog owner to upload a photo of their dog to this free app.”

In addition, the center’s adoptable dogs will be viewable on Finding Rover.

“Now it is easier than ever to search for your missing dog or adopt a new family member,” Gatt said.

Finding Rover is free and available to anyone to using an iPhone or Android product or a personal computer. It’s simple to register using Facebook or email. For more information, go to www.findingrover.com.

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