Anderson County Animal Care and Control announced a new partnership this week with Finding Rover, a new facial recognition app for your pet. Anderson County Animal Care and Control, or ACACC, will now use smart phone facial recognition technology to help identify and reunite lost dogs with their worried owners, a press release said.
It’s one of several developments announced this week by Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Anderson County Animal Care and Control Director Brian Porter, and Officer Jimmy Miller. The other announcements: a new website, www.andersonanimals.org, to help better connect Anderson County citizens with the information they need and an updated name for the department.
The new website will help citizens understand local laws and procedures, provides helpful tips in areas such as locating a lost pet, and helps direct residents to the appropriate agency for animal issues not under the purview of Anderson County Animal Care and Control, among other information, the press release said.
The department is also announcing an updated name that adds the word “care” to its department identity, the press release said. Now called Anderson County Animal Care and Control, the change is to reflect the department’s broadened efforts in animal welfare, education, and partnership with the community—not just “controlling” animals at large, the press release said.
It said every dog that enters the county’s Holding Facility will be registered on the free Finding Rover app starting June 1. The app allows users to search for missing dogs via a smartphone or computer. When a dog leaves ACACC (through adoption or a reunion), the pet owner has the option to continue protection through Finding Rover by completing a free email registration. If that dog ever gets lost in the future, his or her record will then already be in the system and will be ready to assist in making the reunion, the press release said.
“While ACACC is doing their part to protect dogs in the community, anyone can register an owned dog from home using the app,” the release said. Registration is simple and free at www.findingrover.com.
“Once a dog is registered, he or she is protected for life,” the release said.
“We are very excited to make forward strides to improve services for the citizens of Anderson County,” Frank said in the press release. “Director Porter and Officer Miller are to be commended for their hard work, and the Animal Welfare Task Force continues to be instrumental in helping us advance. We also serve an extremely generous community, and without their help, we could not continue to advance as we have.”
“With limited resources, our ACACC team depends on the strong partnerships we have built with the schools, local newspapers, numerous Animal Welfare organizations, veterinarians, and more,” Porter said. “Words cannot express how thankful we are for the assistance and partnership. We hope that improving our technology will help better connect people and their pets in our community.”
The Animal Welfare Task Force is comprised of members of the community, members of Anderson County Commission, and Frank, and it serves in an advisory role to help the department accomplish its goals.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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