Finding Rover Goes High Tech

Dr. Bernadine Cruz  on Pet Life Radio

Who knows maybe someday when you pick up a bag or can of pet food you may see a photo of a lost pets like the ones of children on the back of milk cartons.  In the past when your beloved four legged member of the family wandered away from home, a pet parent could plaster telephone poles with posters, call the local shelters and drive around their neighborhoods peering under cars and bushes and crossing their paws that they would be reunited with their errant pooch or puss.  But thanks to facial recognition technology, a photo and a smart phone app can no reunite pet and parent.  I will be speaking today with John Palimeno.  The heart and brains behind ‘Finding Rover’.



John Polimeno was raised by a hardworking family in Northern California. He retired from the construction and architecture industry in hopes of creating and running a winery with his wife. One day at a coffee shop with his wife, he saw a Lost Dog poster pinned to the community board. A flood of memories came back from when they lost their family dog years ago. He thought "there's got to be a better way," as he looked around to see everyone glued to their phones. He started talking with his wife about apps and facial recognition for pets. She turned to him and said, "This is what you're meant to do!" Finding Rover was created.