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Pierre, Sam are both looking for new homes

Pierre is a Poodle-mix and comes clothed in a colorful sweater. A male, believed to be about 2 years old, he's looking for a nice warm lap near a fireplace until his hair grows out a bit. He only weighs about 15 pounds and would quickly become a loving member of any family. He's up-to-date on all vaccines and shots and is ready to go to his new home. He 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

Pierre is a Poodle-mix and comes clothed in a colorful sweater. A male, believed to be about 2 years old, he's looking for a nice warm lap near a fireplace until his hair grows out a bit. He only weighs about 15 pounds and would quickly become a loving member of any family. He's up-to-date on all vaccines and shots and is ready to go to his new home. He 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 tall and lanky guy, dubbed Sam, is a Lab-mix and has a shiny black coat that glistens in the sunshine. He'll probably weigh 50 pounds as an adult, but he's still a baby right now at only 3 months old. He's up-to-date on shots and worming and is a very sweet boy. He's eager to please and eager to find 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. 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?