As of Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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If you’re looking for an unusual pet or if you suffer from pet dander allergies, the folks at Newton County Animal Shelter can fix you up. They are accepting sealed bids on a Ball Python that was left behind in an apartment when the tenants moved out. The minimum bid is $25 and bids will be taken until noon on Aug. 14. Workers at the shelter believe this particular snake is a young adult, but no one has tried to determine if it is male or female. Ball Pythons are a small to medium size, with adults ranging from 3 to 5 feet. Females are generally larger and heavier bodied than males, and in fact, extremely large females can reach up to 6 feet. Their captive life span ranges from 20 to 30 years, with 48 years known as a record. Their temperament is said to be docile and they can be shy and are reluctant to bite. They are called Ball Pythons because of their habit of curling into a ball when threatened. Bids are being accepted at the 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?