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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

This young man seems to be sticking his tongue out at the photographer, but he was only trying to smile for the camera. He's an adult Bichon Frise that was dropped off at Animal Control by former owners. A good shampoo and hair cut will make him snowy white and looking like a thoroughbred. He's friendly and good natured and is wondering why it's taking so long for somebody to come and claim him. 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, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

This young man seems to be sticking his tongue out at the photographer, but he was only trying to smile for the camera. He's an adult Bichon Frise that was dropped off at Animal Control by former owners. A good shampoo and hair cut will make him snowy white and looking like a thoroughbred. He's friendly and good natured and is wondering why it's taking so long for somebody to come and claim him. 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, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

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Experts say black dogs have a harder time being adopted, but surely this young man will be an exception to that rule. His shiny coat and intelligent eyes denote that he's a healthy and bright puppy that would make a great addition to any family. Only 3 months old and believed to be a Dachshund-mix, he's long and lanky an will probably weigh between 25 to 30 pounds as an adult. He was found as a stray and 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.

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?