Holiday fireworks and a rainy start to the month could be why the Austin Animal Center has taken in more than 300 animals since the Fourth of July.
Fireworks and thunderstorms are triggers for dogs and cats, who often run away because they are scared and confused by the noise.
“The thing with fireworks and thunderstorms, it’s really loud, but it also vibrates,” said center spokeswoman Jennifer Olohan, adding that animals are affected differently by the sounds than humans.
The center accepted 325 mostly dogs and cats between July 4 and Monday, she said.
On the Fourth of July alone, the center took in 54 animals, Olohan said. Last year, 47 animals were dropped off at the center during the holiday.
With an influx of animals, the center is now overflowing with furry friends, she said. Adoption and reclaiming fees will be waived through Sunday to help create space at the center.
“Summer is a really high intake time,” Olohan said.
The animal center can hold 544 animals, but it is currently holding more than 700, Olohan said. Some kittens and dogs are sharing kennels and at least 400 animals are being fostered, she said.
“We have A LOT of animals who need homes,” she said.
If you find a lost pet, Olohan suggested hanging onto it while officials at the center search for its family.