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Dogs, cats at Rockdale, Newton shelters on Dec. 12, 2012

Pete has plenty going on behind those bright eyes and would love to share a new home for the holidays. He's a 4-month-old bird dog-mix with attractive black and white markings. He will probably weight 50 pounds as an adult and would make a good family pet. He's had shots and been dewormed. 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 photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Pete has plenty going on behind those bright eyes and would love to share a new home for the holidays. He's a 4-month-old bird dog-mix with attractive black and white markings. He will probably weight 50 pounds as an adult and would make a good family pet. He's had shots and been dewormed. 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 photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Hugo is a Lab-mix and is waiting patiently for a new owner. He's only a puppy and is ready to train and become a member of a family. He's up-to-date on his shots and estimates are that he will weigh between 50 and 60 pouonds as a adult. He would make a loving family dog. 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.

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?