Published: Dec 23, 2013 3:15 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services will host a series of clinics in 2014 to encourage microchipping of pets to help increase the return of stray animals to their owners and to protect owners if their pet is lost or stolen.

Microchip Clinics will be held 9 to 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month in 2014 with the exception of July. Dates are Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

The cost is $15 per pet; no appointment is necessary. Lee County pet-licensing fees are reduced if a pet is sterilized and microchipped. Visit www.leelostpets.com to view pets for adoption or for more information.