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Published October 24, 2013, 06:05 PM

App of the Week: Finding Rover

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dogs are like members of our families and losing a pet can be devastating.

By: Kerstin Kealy, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dogs are like members of our families and losing a pet can be devastating.

You can help protect man's best friend and if they're lost - bring them home sooner,

Because there's now an app for that.

This is my dog, Dakota. Even though she sheds a lot, digs holes in the back yard and has a tendency to wander to go see the neighbor dog- I love her, a lot and would be sick if she ever went missing.

A new and free app in the Apple store called "Finding Rover" can help reunite us if she's ever lost - with what the developers call state of the art facial recognition - yep, you heard it right say cheese Kota.

How does it work?

You take a close up of your canine.

Make sure you fill the box with their face.

If she's not cooperating the developers added a bark button to the app to get her attention so you can snap a good pic

Once you get a good picture - line up the eyes on the line and mark the eyes and nose - that sets up the facial recognition - it verifies the picture - then you register Fido - name breed and contact information and it's all uploaded into a database.

If your dog makes a break for it - you click the "I lost my dog" tab and the Finding Rover app sends out an alert to everyone else on the database within a 10 mile radius to keep a lookout.

If you find a dog you can take its picture and compare it to missing dogs in the database.

In either case, if you get a match - you connect by phone, text or email or right through the app.

Needless to say - the more people in your area who sign up - the better it will work to reunite every lost pooch with their pet parent.

Right now Finding Rover is only available for iPhones. It's expected to be available for Android phones early next year.