BALDWIN PARK ( — A family was reunited Tuesday with their missing dog after two years thanks to a microchip and the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.

The family of the 10-year-old American Eskimo mix named Aka, which is a Hawaiian name for Shadow, received a call from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control after the staff received their contact information from a microchip implanted in the dog.

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“As standard procedure, we scan every animal for a microchip that comes into our care for this very reason,” DACC Director Marcia Mayeda said in a statement.

Authorities recommend microchipping pets, which means implanting a tiny computer chip that has an unique identification number programmed into it.

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“Microchipping your pets is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are reunited with your lost pet,” Mayeda said.

Aka’s family had given up hope she would never be found after she went missing from the backyard of their Eagle Rock home in 2011.

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For more information about DACC and microchipping pets, visit the department’s website or Facebook page.