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Pet of the Week: Ricki and Pia are ready for adoption

This lovely lady needs security and love to bring her out of her shell. Ricki is a 4-year-old Dachshund. She has been vaccinated and wormed and weighs about 12 pounds. Ricki is friendly, but can be a bit timid. She would be happiest in a home with adults or a family with teenage children. Ricki can be adopted at the 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. (Special photo)

This lovely lady needs security and love to bring her out of her shell. Ricki is a 4-year-old Dachshund. She has been vaccinated and wormed and weighs about 12 pounds. Ricki is friendly, but can be a bit timid. She would be happiest in a home with adults or a family with teenage children. Ricki can be adopted at the 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. (Special photo)

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Pia has everything she needs – except a place to call home. Pia is an adult domestic shorthair cat who is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on her shots. She is also litter box trained. Pia is very sweet and just needs a good home. Pia 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. (Special photo)

Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

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?