ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A lot of us know it's the worst feeling in the world when we realize our cat or dog is missing.
Technology has made it that we can find our favorite four legged friend. A microchip is a permanent ID it's implanted under the skin in the neck of your animal.
100 cats and dogs received that special tracking device at a free microchip clinic held by Winnebago County Animal Services.
Organizers say even if you have an indoor pet microchips are important.
"It just takes that one instance for a child to open the door to let a cat out or somebody visiting your home to open the door and accidentally let your cat out, so a microchip is very important for a cat, especially since we don't put collars and tags on our cats most of the time," Donna Apgar, from Winnebago County Animal Services, said.
Right now we can adopt cats from the shelter for just five dollars. That includes the microchip and all vaccines the cat needs along with a bag of food.
The deal runs through the end of the month.