More than 1 000 incidents of animal cruelty, abandonment and runaway pets were reported to animal groups in Nelson Mandela Bay last month.
Officials said the holiday season was traditionally one in which incidents skyrocketed, with people relocating, or going away on holiday, and fireworks causing major distress to animals in the metro.
Animal welfare organisations have been inundated with calls from people in and around the Bay since the summer season officially opened on December 16.
Animal Anti Cruelty League (AACL) inspector Beverley Rademeyer said the organisation had been inundated with calls.
She estimated at least 500 incidents had been reported to the centre since December 16.
Rademeyer said these ranged from injured animals, runaways, abandoned animals and fireworks related incidents.
The reports included those from other organisations which had asked for assistance, social media and other forms of communication.
She said there was a growing, and very concerning, upward trend of animals being injured because they had been chained up.