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Handsome dogs looking for new homes

Who could leave that face behind bars? Charlie is a terrier-mix, around nine to 12 months old, and he's in need of a home. He's certainly a handsome lad and would make a great family pet. He'll weigh around 15 pounds when fully grown. He's up-to-date on shots, has been wormed and is hopeful he'll find a new home soon. 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

Who could leave that face behind bars? Charlie is a terrier-mix, around nine to 12 months old, and he's in need of a home. He's certainly a handsome lad and would make a great family pet. He'll weigh around 15 pounds when fully grown. He's up-to-date on shots, has been wormed and is hopeful he'll find a new home soon. 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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These two guys, dubbed Johnny and Ringo, are obviously brothers and have been well-cared for. They were found as strays and are approximately a year old. Border Collie mixes, they weigh about 60 pounds each and have beautiful, lustrous coats. They're up-to-date on shots and worming and need a home if the original owner does not come forward. They can be adopted together or separately. They 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?