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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

Alice the Aussie is waiting patiently for her new family to come and fetch her. She'll charm you with her blue merle coat and piercing blue eyes. She weighs a trim 40 pounds and is believed to be about 2 or 3 years old. She's very sweet tempered and would make a wonderful addition to any family. She 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 11 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. - Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Alice the Aussie is waiting patiently for her new family to come and fetch her. She'll charm you with her blue merle coat and piercing blue eyes. She weighs a trim 40 pounds and is believed to be about 2 or 3 years old. She's very sweet tempered and would make a wonderful addition to any family. She 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 11 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. - Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Baby boy Dakota is one of a litter of five -- three males and two females. Believed to be a Shepherd/Huskie mix, these babies are only 5 to 6 weeks old. They're expected to weigh about 50 pounds when fully grown. They've had their first set of shots and been dewormed. This one and his brothers and sisters 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.

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?