(FOX 11) - Ringing in the new year can be fun for people, but not necessarily for their pets.
As a result, local animal shelters are often very busy this time of year.
The Pasadena animal shelter is always overwhelmed on the New Year's holiday.
They get a lot of lost pets that bolted from their homes because of the loud fireworks and parties.
The folks at the area shelters say a few simple rules can keep pets safe:
1) Keep them in a comfortable and familiar environment away from loud noises.
2) keep them away from front doors and back door.
3) Bring outside animals inside.
4) And most importantly: make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag or is microchipped with updated information.