Harris County Pets Adopts Innovative Technology from Petco Love to Help Reunite Lost Pets with their Families on National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day

New “Petco Love Lost” Database Uses Breakthrough Facial Recognition Technology to Find Missing Cats and Dogs in Harris County

Today, on National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day, Harris County Pets is proudly joining forces with Petco Love (formerly Petco Foundation) and animal welfare groups across the country, on a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families. According to industry statistics, sadly, one in every three pets will go missing in their lifetime.

Petco Love Lost is a new, searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets quicker and easier. Beginning today, this simple-to-use tool will be easily accessible to participating animal organizations nationwide, as well as any pet parent or person who finds a lost pet. Uploaded photos of a missing dog or cat are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community.

“We see firsthand how quickly a pet can go missing, whether they wandered through an open gate, became scared during a storm, or simply wandered off following a scent,” said, Dr. Michael White, DVM, MS, Director of Harris County Veterinary Public Health, which operates Harris County Pets. “We provide excellent care for our shelter pets, while working tirelessly to get them back to their families or, if that is not possible, to find them new forever homes. There’s nothing more rewarding than reuniting families with their beloved pets, and with Petco Love Lost, we’re confident it can lead to many more happy reunions in incorporated Harris County.”

“We know that one in three pets goes missing in their lifetime, an estimated 10 million pets each year, and we’re not O.K. with that,” said President of Petco Love, Susanne Kogut. “That gives us 10 million reasons why we created Petco Love Lost, because we believe nothing is more important than keeping people and pets together for a lifetime of love. Together with Harris County Pets, our goal is to keep pets where they belong – at home, with you.”

To learn more about Harris County Pets (formerly Harris County Animal Shelter), visit www.CountyPets.com or follow us on Facebook (@HarrisCountyPets) and Instagram (harriscountypets). If you’ve lost or found a pet, Petco Love Lost is here to help get them home.

Visit www.petcolovelost.org or join the conversation @PetcoLoveLost on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via hashtags #PetcoLoveLost and #LoveandFound.