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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

Sadie is a terrier-mix who is a victim of unemployment. Her family lost their jobs and couldn’t afford to keep her so they turned her in to Newton County Animal Control. Only 4 to 5 months old, this girl would love to have a new family for the holidays and would be grateful to them forever. She’s afraid of all the noise and the shelter and is looking for peace and tranquility. She’s been dewormed and is up-to-date on all shots. 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. - Staff photos Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Sadie is a terrier-mix who is a victim of unemployment. Her family lost their jobs and couldn’t afford to keep her so they turned her in to Newton County Animal Control. Only 4 to 5 months old, this girl would love to have a new family for the holidays and would be grateful to them forever. She’s afraid of all the noise and the shelter and is looking for peace and tranquility. She’s been dewormed and is up-to-date on all shots. 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. - Staff photos Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Lily, a German Shepherd-Lab mix, was abandoned at an empty house. She must have waited for her family to return, but they never did. She’s 5 months old and will probably weigh in at about 50 to 60 pounds as an adult. She’s looking for a family who will treat her the way she should be treated and make up for the trauma she’s suffered. 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. Out of county adoptions cost slightly more. 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.

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?