A new service uses visual-recognition technology to pair potential owners with their ideal four-legged friends.

Looking to adopt a cat or dog that resembles your deceased companion – or one who resembles an internet meme? Thanks to the wonders of ‘machine vision' – the automatic collection and analysis of visual data – there's now an app for that. PetMatch is the first app from Israel- and Palo Alto-based Superfish, a $20 million-funded startup devoted to extracting meaning from images, and promisingly, it's for a good cause. The platform uses information and images from PetFinder to get pets adopted. “Many of the folks at Superfish are pet lovers,” said spokeswoman Liz Scanlon. “In fact there are several dogs in the office every day running around.”

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