PORTLAND Thursday night s fireworks were fun to watch, but a lot of pets had a miserable night.

Twelve dogs were brought in to the Washington County Animal Shelter Thursday, seven more overnight, and a few more have found their way into the shelter Friday afternoon.

The 4th of July, and the week surrounding it, is the busiest time of the year for Washington County Animal Services, and for all county shelters in the Portland area. They get a lot of cats and dogs that freak out when the fireworks start.

Photos: Dogs at Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter

Since the holiday is a four-day weekend for most people, county workers expect the noise to last through Sunday night.

Remember that now days, the 4th of July lasts for a couple of weeks. And especially over this weekend, keep on making sure that the pets are getting the protection they need because you just don't know when you're neighborhood is going to turn into a war zone again, said Deborah Wood with Washington County Animal Services.

If you find a stray animal and are holding it in your home, one of the best things you can do is call your county's local animal shelter and let them know about the dog or cat that you found. That way if someone calls the county looking for their pet, the shelter can help make reunions happen faster.

The dogs are held in the stray section of the shelter for seven business days before they are considered for adoption.

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