Sammie the goat and Otis the Beagle are looking for new homes

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?

If you want a lawn mower that provides its own fertilizer, this smiling female goat by the name of Sammie would love to take on the job. She is an adult and the Newton County Animal Shelter is accepting sealed bids for her until noon on Wednesday, July 24. Bids can be mailed or dropped off at the shelter at 210 Lower River Road in Covington. Please mark BID on the outside of the envelope. The minimum bid is $25 which will help defray boarding costs. Goats and other livestock are not frequently available at the shelter, but there are usually 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.

This adult Beagle is a bit shy, but who could resist the appealing look in his eyes. He’s been named Otis and he’s hopeful that he’ll find a new home soon. Shelter workers say he’s very sweet and a favorite of staff. He was found as a stray, is about 18 months old and weighs between 25 to 30 pounds. He’d fit in nicely with any family and has a very laid back personality. He’s up-to-date on his shots 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.