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Pets available this week in Newton and Rockdale

:Staff photo: Erin Evans "Milkshake" is a female, sheltie mix who will weigh about 40 pounds when she's full grown. She was found as a stray, but she's very friendly, though she may be a little shy at first. Milkshake 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, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

:Staff photo: Erin Evans "Milkshake" is a female, sheltie mix who will weigh about 40 pounds when she's full grown. She was found as a stray, but she's very friendly, though she may be a little shy at first. Milkshake 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, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-278-8403.

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Staff photo: Erin Evans This domestic short hair kitten may be missing part of an ear, but she's completely loveable and ready to move into a new home. Animal shelter works aren't sure how she lost part of her ear, but she's completely healed and very healthy. This kitten 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 10 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.

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?