Published: Jul 05, 2011 11:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2011 10:56 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Every month about 1000 animals enter Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Statistics show around the 4th, those numbers increase, especially when it comes to dogs.

For Shelter Supervisor of Kennel Operations Gloria Letendre, every year after the 4th of July can be described with one word: crowded.

Many animals frightened by fireworks find their way here.

"Last year we picked up approximately 79 dogs over the weekend. This year we picked up a little over 50," Letendre said.

Numbers are down from the year before. The reason may have something to do with the day on which the holiday fell.

"It could be because of 4th of July was on a Monday as opposed to a Sunday. A lot of people might not have been going out like last year," she said.

The shelter holds animals with identification for 5 days. Those with no ID will stay for three before they're sent off to other shelters.

Officials say the best way to make sure you reunite with your dog or cat is to get them micro-chipped.

"It's like a social security number for your animal," Letendre said.