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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale shelters

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?

This little girl is having a bad hair day, but nothing a good haircut and bath can't fix. Believed to be a Poodle-Shih Tzu mix, she's black peppered with gray. She was found as a stray and is probably not more than 10 to 12 months old. She's been vaccinated and dewormed, weighs about 10 pounds and is ready to start her new life. 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.

This Shepherd/Shar-Pei came to the animal shelter by a Good Samaritan who found her wandering. She's only about 12 weeks old and will probably weigh about 60 pounds as an adult. She's up-to-date on shots and would make a great addition to any family. She 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.