NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Dozens of pictures of lost pets are posted on the Metro Animal Control window. 

A lot of pets ran off on the Fourth of July after being spooked by fireworks. 

Jessica Hoffman works at the shelter and says their employees were out on the streets on the Fourth of July, looking for scared pets.

"For the past several years, that has been what we have been doing and we have seen great results from that," Hoffman said. "Getting animals back where they belong, so they don't have to be in the shelter."

Hoffman says there are lots of resources online to help you try and find a lost pet. One is

"[That] is where all the animals that are in our building in our care are posted, and that website updates every hour," Hoffman said.

You can also check Nextdoor and Facebook lost and found groups in your area. 

If your neighbors continue to light fireworks throughout the rest of the week, Hoffman advises keeping your pets indoors during that time so they don't get scared and run off. 

You can also ask your vet for other ways to calm your pets down. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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