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Peanut, Jessie both need new homes

Though only 8 to 10 weeks old, Jessie has an elegant and sophisticated bearing and is anxiously awaiting her new family. She is a Lab-mix and is predicted to reach approximately 50 pounds as an adult. She'll be a great back yard buddy, as well as a loyal household companion. She's up-to-date on her shots and is ready to go to her new home. All she needs is love and 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. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

Though only 8 to 10 weeks old, Jessie has an elegant and sophisticated bearing and is anxiously awaiting her new family. She is a Lab-mix and is predicted to reach approximately 50 pounds as an adult. She'll be a great back yard buddy, as well as a loyal household companion. She's up-to-date on her shots and is ready to go to her new home. All she needs is love and 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. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

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This little gal has been aptly named Peanut. A young pup, she's a Beagle/Chihuahua-mix and if you can't stop yourself at just one, she has four siblings at the shelter who are also awaiting adoption. She'll probably weigh about 20 pounds when grown. She's looking to wiggle herself into someone's heart. 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

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?