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Rockdale and Newton Counties' Pets of the Week for Dec. 5

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?

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This little guy has been named Dr. Pepper. He's a cute little rascal at only 8 weeks old and is guaranteed to look even better with age. He's labeled a Border Collie-mix and will soon be herding whatever he can find. He's asking Santa for a new home for Christmas. He's ready to go with his needed shots and deworming already taken care of. Estimated to weigh about 40 pounds as an adult, 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 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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This blue-eyed beauty is a domestic long-hair kitty with touch of orange mixed in with his primarily white coat. Named Jax, he's believed to be between 7 and 8 weeks old. He's up-to-date on his shots and is hoping his good looks will earn him a special place in a new owner's heart. 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. The phone number is 770-278-8403.