Losing a pet can be a very stressful experience. 

In Contra Costa County, Animal Services has launched a new facial recognition system which will hopefully help pet owners find their lost loved ones quickly. 

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to be scared off by fireworks and then they might end up in a shelter. 

This week, Contra Costa Animal Services is launching a new service to help people find their wayward animals. 

By downloading the “Finding Rover” app and creating a free account, users can upload a picture of their missing pet and then the system compares that image to pictures of animals being kept at nearby shelters. 

Within seconds, the app generates a list of possible matches, and voila! 

There’s Mack, safe and sound at Contra Costa Animal Services. 

Animal Services launched their partnership with Finding Rover this week because every Fourth of July, they see a spike in the number of lost pets. 

Animal Services also says anyone can upload pictures of their pets to the app, then if the animal becomes lost, their image will already be in the system. 

Finding Rover isn’t just for dogs — the service works with all kinds of pets. 

While Animal Services hopes that this new service will help people find their pets quickly, they say it’s not a replacement for the traditional way of tracking lost pets, such as name tags and microchips.