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App reunites family with lost dog

'Finding Rover' now used at BARCS
Posted at 11:57 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 00:03:34-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A family is reunited with their beloved dog and it's all thanks to an app. The Yewitts lost Foxy last Sunday. After 3 days frantically searcing and putting up fliers, the family found Foxy at BARCS, all becuase of an app.

'Finding Rover' is a pet facial recognition app that BARCS just started using last month. This is their first lost and found success story with it and hope there are many more to come.

"The daughter of the family did mention that she thought she would never see Foxy again. Unfortunately with stray animals, we have so many in our city, that is what happens. Collars get broken off, microchips are really important but they aren’t an exact science and so to have one more thing in our city that can make reunions like this happen is a really big deal," BARCS director of communications Bailey Deacon said.

She hopes more people get started using the app. It's free for shelters to sign up to use it and so can pet owners. She recommends people create profiles for their animals now, just as a precaution. Then, if something happens, a shelter could find them on the app too.