ForPAWS App Review: A Pet Friendly Platform With Opportunities For Improvement
By the way, I recently stumbled across the forPAWS app while looking for a platform to find and track down lost animals. This community app harnesses advanced AI facial recognition technology to find lost dogs and reunite them with their parents. I’ve been using the forPAWS app for some time now, and here’s what I think about it.
ForPAWS app: how does it work?
Before we dive into the details, let’s take a look at how it works. The forPAWS app is a new technological way to find your lost dog. Gone are the days when you had to print flyers and search for your lost pet. The new app uses artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology to track pets.
“We developed a lightweight process with AI scans of dog faces and community activities to get the best of two worlds, relieved owners and happy rescuers,” says MARS, the developer of the forPAWS app. In summary, you need to provide your dog’s details, including their photo, to create the database.
If your pet is lost, you can access the forPAWS app to request assistance. Likewise, if you find a pet wandering in your area, you can check the forPAWS database to help save it. In this way, the app helps to create a community of pets and pet parents. Currently, forPAWS is available to track lost dogs but not cats.
Setting up the forPAWS app: quick and easy
Setting up the forPAWS app is quick and easy. Most importantly, this is a free app available on both google play and App Store. Once downloaded to your phone, you will need to provide a few details about yourself and your pet. The most important part of this process is adding a clear picture of your dog.
The required image should be a frontal image of your dog for better AI facial recognition. The photo should be taken in good light and their face is not hidden. However, taking portraits of your dog is not always easy, especially when he is young and active.
In my experience, getting a clear passport-like photo of my dog has never been easy and that was one of my concerns with the app. Additional features like editing my dog’s photo or just brightening up the image would have been more helpful.
Once the photo is taken, the rest of the profile setup is almost complete. You will need to provide other details like your dog’s name, age, gender, etc. Overall, I found the initial process to be quick and easy.
Performance of the forPAWS application: fast and smooth
I have been using the forPAWS app for some time now and see the database getting bigger. Community apps like these mainly work on the basis of the growing database. The greater the number of dogs, the better the database. Currently, the app is only available for Bangalore and is expected to gradually expand to other cities.
The experience on the app itself was pleasant. You can press the Search menu to check the list of lost dogs. Based on this, you can continue to update if you have found or lost a pet. The app also makes it easy to add another pet, in case you have another at home. Overall, the app’s performance has been smooth for me.
Verdict of the forPAWS app: a good solution for pet parents
We live in an era of “there is-an-app-for-that”. The stress and panic that comes with losing a pet is nerve-racking. Here, the community-based forPAWS app aims to keep things simple. Although today we have microchips and smart bracelets for our dogs, there is always an app that makes it easier to find a lost pet. In this scenario, the forPAWS application does a very good job.