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HOUSTON –  Hot diggity dog! There’s a new way to protect your best friend.

To celebrate Lost Pet Prevention Month, BARC, Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, is “throwing you a bone” from July 24-29, cutting the price of microchipping your pet to $5 dollars which is $20 off normal pricing.

“Anyone with a pet should have a microchip  even if they don’t go outside a lot. If for some reason your pet gets out of your home or your fenced yard, and someone picks up your pet, they can be brought to a veterinary clinic, or shelter, or rescue organization, and a simple scanner can bring up your information,” says Ashtyn Rivet, BARC’s Marketing and Outreach Manager.

Home Again, a national pet recovery database company, claims 1 in 3 pets go missing at some point in its life. Without proper ID, 90% never make it back home to their families.

Microchipping is a fancy word for a shot that inserts a rice-sized chip just under the animal’s skin. Veterinarians say it’s simple, safe, and the best way to permanently ID your dog or cat-if they go “on the lamb.”

“It doesn’t matter where he’s at. That microchip could bring him home to us,” says Sara Scott, whose “fur baby” Baxter has been missing for a year and a half, but she still holds out hope. “Even if they have a collar on, that can come off, but with the microchip, it really gives us the peace of mind to just know at any point down the road that if anyone finds him or takes him in, we can still find him that way.”

So, be a responsible pet owner and microchip your pets.