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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

This poor guy very nearly came to an unhappy end. He was found inside a hamster ball which had been tossed in a dumpster. A kind person took this male, brown and white guinea pig to Rockdale Animal Control. He is understandably a bit skiddish, but experts say he only needs a loving environment and he will warm up to his new family. He can be rescued and adopted at Rockdale County Animal Care and Control Shelter at 1506 Rockbridge Road in Conyers. At the Rockdale shelter adoption fees for dogs are $30 and $20 for cats. Spaying or neutering is required for adoption. The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

This poor guy very nearly came to an unhappy end. He was found inside a hamster ball which had been tossed in a dumpster. A kind person took this male, brown and white guinea pig to Rockdale Animal Control. He is understandably a bit skiddish, but experts say he only needs a loving environment and he will warm up to his new family. He can be rescued and adopted at Rockdale County Animal Care and Control Shelter at 1506 Rockbridge Road in Conyers. At the Rockdale shelter adoption fees for dogs are $30 and $20 for cats. Spaying or neutering is required for adoption. The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

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This good looking blond boy is celebrating his first birthday and the only thing he wants for his birthday is a good home. He weighs only 15 pounds and is full of energy and is ready to play with a new family. He can be rescued and adopted at Newton County Animal Shelter, located at 210 Lower River Road in Covington. The shelter usually has between 20 to 30 dogs and an equal number of cats eligible for adoption. The adoption fee for a dog or puppy is $25 and $10 for a cat or kitten. Spaying/neutering is mandatory for all animals. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-786-9514. Anyone who has lost a pet is urged to go to the center and bring a photo of the missing animal.

Questions to ask before adopting a pet:

• Can I make a long-term commitment to this pet?

• Will I be able to spend enough time with a new pet?

• Am I prepared for the cost a new pet will bring?

• Which pet is right for my home and my family?