Thursday, April 23, 2015

PHOENIX -- A Valley group encouraged owners Thursday to get their canines microchipped in honor of National Lost Dog Day.

"According to national statistics, one-in-three pets will be lost each year," Judith Garner with the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA said.

An estimated 90 percent of pets that go missing do not return home. Microchips can help get pets back to their owners.

"If your animal is lost and ends up at one of the shelters or a vet's office, they can scan the area where this microchip is placed and it will read the information about who that pet belongs to," Garner said. said microchipping a pet costs about $15-$20.

Thursday was the first National Lost Dog Day.

KTAR's Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.