Kern County's animal shelters have been busy following the 4th of July weekend, animal control officials said Tuesday.
Many animals run away or hide due to the loud noises that come with July 4th celebrations. As a result, animal control officers and members of the public end up bringing a higher than normal number of animals to local shelters, officials told 23ABC News.
This year, animal officials were especially diligent since shelters were closed on both Sunday and Monday.
Kern County animal experts recommend that anyone who is missing a pet call or visit all local animal shelters, not just the shelter closest to them.
"We just always implore people that if you know your animal is missing, the moment you know it's missing, check your shelters," said Kern County Animal Services Director Nick Cullen.
Also, if pet owners plan to post a flyer of their missing pet, Cullen recommends bringing a copy of the flyer to area shelters.