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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

This little kitty has a smidgen of color here and a smidgen of color there and she's been named Tori. She's a Persian-mix and undoubtedly will have a luxurious coat when she matures. Only 9 weeks old, she was given up by the owner of the mother cat as she is only allowed to have one cat where she lives. Tori 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

This little kitty has a smidgen of color here and a smidgen of color there and she's been named Tori. She's a Persian-mix and undoubtedly will have a luxurious coat when she matures. Only 9 weeks old, she was given up by the owner of the mother cat as she is only allowed to have one cat where she lives. Tori 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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Buster is a gorgeous Shepherd/Husky-mix with a beautiful blond coat and light brown eyes. He's between 6 and 8 years old and will be neutered free with adoption. He weighs a strapping 50 pounds and has plenty of good years left but is calm and has none of that excessive puppy energy. He would love to have a new home where he can grow old gracefully. 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.

Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

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?