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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

For those who have a weakness for big, beautiful blonds, Marilyn is your girl. And by the look in her eyes, she's no dumb blond, either. She's a 4-month-old terrier mix and although her coat appears to be wiry, it's soft as down. She'll probably weigh between 40 and 45 pounds as an adult. She's waiting expectantly for her new home. 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 by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

For those who have a weakness for big, beautiful blonds, Marilyn is your girl. And by the look in her eyes, she's no dumb blond, either. She's a 4-month-old terrier mix and although her coat appears to be wiry, it's soft as down. She'll probably weigh between 40 and 45 pounds as an adult. She's waiting expectantly for her new home. 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 by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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This little guy has been named Lucky and he's counting on good luck to land him in a new home. He's a Dachshund/Miniature Pinscher mix with the sleek long body of the Doxy and the coloring and ears of a Min-Pin. Only 5 months old, he was given up for adoption by an owner who had health issues. He's up-to-date on shots and is ready for a new home. 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?