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Dec. 19, 2012: Consider adopting a pet from a local shelter

Felix is a silver and white tabby who is quite willing to make himself at home at a friendly location. He's 2-years-old and has already been neutered. He'd really like to leave the shelter and find a nice, quiet home where he can be treated with the respect he deserves. He's up-to-date on shots and is ready to go. 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.

Felix is a silver and white tabby who is quite willing to make himself at home at a friendly location. He's 2-years-old and has already been neutered. He'd really like to leave the shelter and find a nice, quiet home where he can be treated with the respect he deserves. He's up-to-date on shots and is ready to go. 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.

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Jingles is a spiffy-looking blond terrier-mix with white markings who is hoping for a new home. He's only 4 to 5 months old and is ready to be trained and loved into being a full-fledged member of the family. He'll probably weigh about 30 pounds when grown. 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

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?