It’s often said that people look like their dogs. Studies have shown that strangers can match dogs and their humans, proving a definite correlation. Apparently, there’s something in our subconscious at work when we pick our canine companions.
A New Zealand SPCA seeks to speed up that matching process by launching Doggleganger, a new adoption initiative.
Facial recognition is usually used for anti-terrorism purposes, but the Auckland SPCA is using the technology to match people to homeless dogs in shelters. The program was made possible by a partnership with the Pedigree Adoption Drive.
Doggleganger only searches dogs available in New Zealand, but it’s a great way to bring awareness to adoption all over the world. Anyone can go to the website and submit a photo (using an existing digital photo or a web camera) to find their “doggleganger.”
My doggleganger is a Greyhound Mastiff mix named Doc, a 57 perent match. Doc is far away in New Zealand, but it would be cool if you could click a link to a Petfinder search that would show Greyhound Mastiff mixes for adoption in my area.
Who is your doggleganger?