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City departments create new community tool aimed at helping residents find lost pets

Animal Services and the Department of Information Technology have recently come together to create a unique community tool aimed at helping lost pets find their way home.

The Interactive Pet Finder Map lists the location of found and lost pets on an easy-to-use webpage and mobile EP311 app.

The new resource is expected to increase the number of pets reclaimed by their owners, while also preventing the need for pets to be taken to the shelter before being reunited.

“Every nose counts, especially as El Paso gets closer to becoming a ‘no-kill’ community,” said Paula Powell, Animal Services Director. “By keeping pets in their homes and out of the shelter, we will be able to better manage our current shelter population, which will result in more lives being saved.”

The Pet Finder Map will display where shelter animals were found in each area of the city, making it easy for residents to navigate a search of their lost pet.

In addition, owners who file a lost pet report by calling 311 will have their pets posted on the map as well. The dual function of the map will help both owners and finders on their efforts to reconnect lost pets.

“We are proud to know that the Pet Finder Map will be helping residents who are helping animals,” said Enrique Martinez, Information Technology Director.

“Animal Services presented us with this idea, and through our collaboration, we were able to design and bring this idea to fruition.”

The Pet Finder Map can be found on the Animal Services webpage or on the EP311 app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices.

Animal Services Partners with Finding Rover App to Help Reunite Lost Pets, Promote Adoption

Lost pet facial recognition has now come to El Paso Animal Services through a partnership with the innovative Finding Rover mobile application.

Finding Rover is a free, social media-based app that uses facial-recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with their families, while also allowing people to view found animals that are in our care at the Animal Services Shelter.

Additionally, people looking to adopt can also see our animals that are available for adoption on the Finding Rover app.

As part of this effort, dogs that leave the shelter will already be pre-registered in the Finding Rover database.  The dog’s record can be automatically transferred to another Finding Rover account once the person who has taken the dog home registers.

Furthermore, Animal Services Officers will also utilize the Finding Rover application in the community, so when a dog gets lost in the future, the Finding Rover app will make it easier in bringing that dog back home.

To mark the start of this partnership, Animal Services will be waiving adoption fees starting on December 15 through December 18 for anyone who downloads the app and shows proof to the Adoption Office.

With the Finding Rover partnership, Animal Services is now able to offer the El Paso community this great tool to help lost and adoptable dogs find their forever home through FindingRover.com (mobile app and website).

To view an overview video, visit: http://bit.ly/FindingRov

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