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Posted on: April 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 4-23-21 Killeen Animal Services Adopts Innovative Technology from Petco Love

Petco Love Lost database uses breakthrough facial recognition technology to find missing cats and dogs.

Today is National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day, and Killeen Animal Services is proudly joining forces with Petco Love, in a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families should they go missing.

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 to 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, like Killeen Animal Shelter, or with a neighbor in the community.

“We see firsthand how quickly a pet can go missing, whether they were curious, following a scent, wandered through an open gate or became scared during a storm,” said, Jessica Dunagan, Killeen Animal Services manager. “We work tirelessly to care for pets that are awaiting their forever homes or are lost and need help getting back to their families. There’s nothing more rewarding than reuniting families with their beloved pets, and with Petco Love Lost, we’re confident there will be many more happy reunions right here in Killeen.”

“We know that one in three pets goes missing in its lifetime, an estimated 10 million pets each year, and we’re not okay with that,” said Petco Love President 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 Killeen Animal Services, our goal is to keep pets where they belong – at home, with you.”

If you’ve lost or found a pet, Petco Love Lost is available to help get them home. Visit www.petcolovelost.org or join the conversation @PetcoLoveLost on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via hashtags #PetcoLoveLost and #LoveandFound.

Killeen Animal Shelter, located at 3118 Commerce Drive, and is open for adoptions Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about Killeen Animal Services along with a link to view adoptable animals online is available at killeentexas.gov/animals.

About Killeen Animal Services 

Killeen Animal Services was formed in 1975 to meet animal welfare and public health needs in the community. Its mission in to help all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. Education, community outreach, and forged relationships with animal welfare organizations are critical to this mission. We believe the character of our organization is best reflected in the strong dedication of all our employees to strive to meet the highest standards of performance and compassion on behalf of the animals and people we serve. As stewards of those who cannot speak for themselves, we recognize society has entrusted us with a great responsibility. Our community’s expectations and trust give us the courage to perform our duties with transparency, honor, empathy and compassion. 

About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation) 

Petco Love is a nonprofit organization changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Join us. Visit petcolove.org to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day. formerly known as the Petco Foundation or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

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