• Barry KuKes

HALIFAX HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FROM PETCO


When the Unthinkable Happens, New “Petco Love Lost” Database

Uses Breakthrough Facial Recognition Technology to Find Missing Cats and Dogs

in Greater Daytona Beach, FL



Daytona Beach, FL (June 15, 2022) – Halifax Humane Society is proudly joining forces with Petco Love – formerly known as the Petco Foundation, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals – and animal welfare groups nationwide, on a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families should they ever go missing. Sadly, industry statistics state that 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 find lost pets quicker and easier. 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. Shelters currently using this technology include Halifax Humane Society.


“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 Halifax Humane Society Community Outreach Director, Barry KuKes. “We work tirelessly to care for pets, whether they’re awaiting their forever home or 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 it can lead to many more happy reunions, right here in Daytona Beach.” “We know that one in three pets goes missing in their lifetime, an estimated 10 million pets each year, and we’re not ok 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 Halifax Humane Society, our goal is to keep pets where they belong -- at home, with you.”

To learn more about Halifax Humane Society, visit www.halifaxhumanesociety.org and follow www.facebook.com/halifaxhumanesociety. If you’ve lost or found a pet, Petco Love Lost is here to help get them home. Visit petcolovelost.org or join the conversation @PetcoLoveLost on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


About Halifax Humane Society:

Halifax Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization servicing the Greater Daytona Beach area in Volusia County, Florida since 1937. It exists to protect animals from cruel, neglectful, and exploitative treatment. Halifax Humane Society is an open-door animal shelter that refuses service to no animal in need.


As one of the largest humane societies in Florida, Halifax Humane Society provides a full array of humane programs that allow it to provide service to over 25,000 animals each year. Through generous donations of time and money, the Halifax Humane Society provides shelter for lost and abandoned animals, delivers humane education to its citizens, creates a pet-friendly environment in its local community, and prevents overpopulation of animals by offering affordable spay/neuter opportunities.


Those interested in learning more about the Halifax Humane Society can visit www.halifaxhumanesociety.org. Additional information, graphics, and/or photos can be obtained by contacting Barry KuKes at 386-274-4703 ext. 320, or via email at Barryk@halifaxhumanesociety.org



About Petco Love

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes 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 $330 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.

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. Join us. Visit petcolove.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.


Contacts:

Barry KuKes

barryk@halifaxhumanesociety.org


Petco Love

media@petcolove.org

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