The Austin Animal Center says that 51 dogs and cats have arrived since Monday many of which were likely scared by New Year's Eve fireworks.
People who believe they may have lost their pet are asked to check the shelter often. Some animals may have been so frightened they wiggled out of their collar. Additionally, their microchip might have the wrong phone number associated with it.
"We really want to get these animals back where they belong, in their homes," said Sarah Hammond with the Austin Animal Center. "Obviously so many of them are terrified here and is very scary for house pets to be stuck in an animal shelter so we want to get those guys reunited."
The Austin Animal Center only holds animals for three days. After that, the animals could be transferred to a different shelter or a rescue group. They could even be adopted by someone else.