We know how much pet parents love their furry friends, they are truly a part of their families. We also know that the biggest fear they have is that of this family member going missing. With forPAWS we ensure that worried pet parents always have the most reliable help at hand, to locate and bring their dog back if they ever go missing.
Because we want to make the world a better place for pets.
How do we do this?
forPAWS, our free app, uses facial recognition technology and a wide network of kind pet lovers (parents & pet rescues in your city) to quickly identify, locate and reunite lost pets with their family!
The technology, powered by an advanced Machine Learning Algorithm, constantly improves the accuracy rate with the addition of more photos.
On the back of a successful Bangalore launch, we are proud & excited to launch ForPAWS across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi.
ForPAWS also recommends & connects the pet lover with nearest shelters so there’s help at hand to foster the lost pet.
Why partner with us?
At ForPAWS, we believe we share a shared purpose with many Pet Rescues & Volunteers– to make the city safe for dogs. We would love to collaborate with you
Lets together leverage Machine Learning where the AI driven Face recognition technology of ForPAWS helps your efforts of making an accurate match.
Access to a wide registered pet parent database - we already have a 25k + registers database of pets to cross reference lost pets and send alerts to all registered users of the ForPAWS App.
We would want to feature your organisation on our ‘Network that helps’ section on www.forpaws.com in the form of logo & pet finder map integrations. Checkout our partners page.
We would love to leverage your experience in driving awareness & education to pet parents & pet lovers through initiatives like podcasts, blogs, speaker sessions etc. We believe it would provide much support needed by parents who’ve lost their pets.
Join the ‘Network that Helps’ & lets together try making your city a safer city for pets
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I register more than one dog?
Yes, you can create multiple dog profiles for your pet family and update their information on FORPAWS.
What information do I need to provide while registering my dog?
Your name, email ID, a photo of your dog and their name is all you need. However, we would suggest you share a few more details (optional) for us to be able to do a thorough search in case your dog ever goes missing.
Is this a free app or is it paid?
All the features on FORPAWS are free to download and use.
Why is it not available in my city?
The app is being rolled out in phases with a dedicated task team whose top priority is to ensure that the app works well for pet parents. Currently, our focus is on Bangalore.
Is this app only for dogs or cats as well?
Right now our app works only for dogs.
Which devices are supported?
Only Android devices are currently supported.
What data is collected and how is it used?
Yours: Name, email, phone (optional) and address (optional).
Your Dog’s: Photo, age, name, birthdate, breed and gender. (This information is useful in case your dog goes missing)
- Can I register more than one dog?
How does FORPAWS work?
What is FORPAWS?
FORPAWS is an app that uses facial recognition technology and Artificial Intelligence to find missing dogs. Watch this video to learn more.
How does this app work?
FORPAWS uses facial recognition technology to create a smart ID that is unique to your pet—with just one photo. All you need to do is register your pet with their most recent photo. If your pet ever goes missing, you can mark them as ‘Lost’. Your pet’s details will then be visible to other app users in the ‘Lost Pets’ field. You will also have an option to create a ‘missing pet’ poster at zero cost which can be shared with friends, family, potential finders, NGOs and pet rescuers to spread the word. When a finder spots your pet and takes a picture through the FORPAWS app, Artificial Intelligence then scans the database and matches the photo with the smart ID created for your dog. You will then receive an email from the FORPAWS team with the finder’s contact details. Watch this video to learn more about FORPAWS.
What technology is involved in recognizing my dog and differentiating it from other dogs of the same breed?
FORPAWS uses facial recognition technology that can create a smart ID that is unique to a dog—with just one photo. Artificial Intelligence then uses the ID and matches it to a finder’s photo (of the same dog) with high accuracy and without any human intervention. The technology, powered by an advanced Machine Learning Algorithm, constantly improves the accuracy rate with the addition of more photos. This is how FORPAWS helps reunite pet parents with their lost dogs.
- What is FORPAWS?
Besides facial recognition, how else does this app help if a dog goes missing?
On the website, you can access contacts of shelters, vets and rescuers who might have information about your dog’s whereabouts. You can also access blogs that will guide you on what your immediate next steps should be once your dog goes missing.
What else can I use this app for?
With the app, you have access to the Missing Pet Poster tool, helpful contacts (shelters, vets and rescuers), blogs on pet parenting and pet safety as well an interactive pet parent community.
Who can use the Missing Pet Poster tool?
Only registered app users have access to the Missing Pet Poster tool. Download FORPAWS now on Android to create a pet poster.
- Besides facial recognition, how else does this app help if a dog goes missing?
My dog’s profile
How often do I need to update my dog’s picture?
As often as you like, but we strongly recommend doing it every 6 months as dogs' facial features change as they grow.
Why does the app need details of my dog?
To help find your dog and bring them back to you if they ever go missing.
If my dog gets a haircut, should I upload a picture again?
The AI does a brilliant job of identifying a dog’s facial features and has an accuracy rate of 90 per cent. However, to eliminate chances of error we recommend you update your dog’s picture after they get a haircut.
Does my dog need to be of a minimum age before creating the profile?
No, you can register your pooch at any age.
- How often do I need to update my dog’s picture?
I have lost my dog
What can I expect after marking my dog as ‘missing’?
Your dog’s details will be visible to other app users in the ‘Lost Pets’ field. When someone spots your dog, all they need to do is take a picture through the app. Our AI then scans that photo to find a match from our database. Once it matches with the smart ID created for your dog, you will receive an email from the FORPAWS team. Watch this video to learn more.
How can I find my missing dog?
Watch this video to learn more.
Does the app send a notification once my dog has been found?
In order to maintain your privacy, we do not allow other users to contact you directly. You will receive an email from the FORPAWS team if someone finds your dog.
Does the app have a GPS tracking system?
No, the FORPAWS app uses facial recognition technology and Artificial Intelligence.
How do I contact the person who has my dog?
The FORPAWS team will send you an email if someone finds your dog. The email will include the finder’s contact details and a picture that they have clicked of your dog. Once you are sure that it is your dog, you can call the finder or email FORPAWS.
How does the Missing Pet Poster Tool work?
The Missing Pet Poster Tool allows pet parents to create a poster for their missing dog with just one tap. Not only can the poster be shared with friends and family, but it can also be shared with potential finders, NGOs and pet rescuers who can spread the word and be on the lookout. All of this is available to the user at zero cost.
- What can I expect after marking my dog as ‘missing’?
I have found a lost dog
Do I need to register on FORPAWS to report a dog I have found?
No, you do not need to register. Download the FORPAWS app, click on ‘Found A Dog’ and follow the instructions. After you take a picture of the dog through the app, wait for suggested matches. Pick the most relevant match and click ‘Contact Owner’. Share your contact and location details with FORPAWS so that the owner can be notified and can also contact you. After this, all you need to do is look after the dog until the owner reaches you. Found a missing dog? Click here to report it.
Can I use this app if I find a missing dog?
Yes, as a pet parent you can also report a missing dog if you find one. Just click ‘Found A Dog’ and follow the instructions.
What shall I do after I have reported a missing dog that I found?
The app will suggest 3 matches. You can pick the one most relevant and click ‘Contact Owner’. Share your contact and location details with FORPAWS so that the owner can be notified and can also contact you. After this, all you need to do is look after the dog until the owner reaches you. Found a missing dog? Click here to report it.
What should I do if the app is unable to match the missing dog I found?
If a match is not found, it means that the dog is not registered on FORPAWS. If this happens, you can drop them off at a nearby shelter. You could also consider sharing details of the missing dog with your neighbourhood network.
- Do I need to register on FORPAWS to report a dog I have found?