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A touching reunion between a family and its long lost pet has inspired a local company to protect other pets.

Maisy the Beagle was reunited with her family last week, six years after she ran away. Animal control found her and brought her to Young Williams Animal Center (YWAC), where staff scanned her for a chip and discovered she belongs to the Helland family.

That emotional homecoming led the folks at Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley to work with Young-Williams for Maisy Microchip Day next month at YWAC.

On April 12 from noon until 3, pet owners can bring their best friends to get a micro-chip. The first 50 will be free, then $10 each after that.

The Hellands encourage all pet owners to get their pets chipped.

"We never would have gotten her back. We never would have had any closure. So absolutely, I would highly recommend that everyone get their pet chipped and any time you find an animal bring it in to a vet that will scan it for free. It can help reunite pets with their owners," said Chad Helland.

Invisible Fence also had a surprise for the Helland family. They are going to install a containment fence at the family's home for free, to help keep Maisy and their other dog, Cooper, close to home.

If you've ever had a pet disappear, you know it can feel like you've lost a member of your family. That happened to the Helland family 6 years ago. 3-20-14

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