Published: Aug 04, 2010 11:45 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 8:08 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Thousands of animals flood to the Lee County Animal Services shelter every year. Adoptions are going up, but not fast enough.

Now the shelter is offering adult pets  for free this month only. It's a plan they hope will help solve the overcrowding

"We know dogs here really need the help. A lot of families have not been able to keep their dogs," said Pamela Leiva.

The Leiva family spent a lot of money on its last dog. The promotion has them coming in to find a new puppy.

The shelter's seen a 10 percent spike in animals coming in  from last year. Fourteen percent more dogs have to be put to sleep because they're not finding a home. Cats are faring better though because they're being sent to rescues instead.

"We want our euthanasia to go down, not up. We want the public to help us, come check the animals out and take a pet home," said Ria Brown, with Lee County Animal Services.