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ADOPT A PET: Meet Clara

ADOPT A PET: Meet Clara

 

ADOPT A PET: Meet Starr

ADOPT A PET: Meet Starr

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a companion for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

According to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Starr, a brightly shining Chihuahua mix who also may have a touch of smooth-coat terrier. This 3-year-old girl was surrendered by her owner because they did not feel they could care for her appropriately anymore. A petite 9-pound, Starr is great with kids, other dogs, and seems to have been house trained and crate trained.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Boo

ADOPT A PET: Meet Boo

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Boo is a Cocker Spaniel mix and she’s available for adoption from the Gwinnett Humane Society. Boo is still a baby; the people at the Humane Society think she’s about two months old.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Diego

ADOPT A PET: Meet Diego

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Diego is a Miniature Pinscher mix and she’s available for adoption from the Gwinnett Humane Society. At almost eight months, Diego has almost reached his full size. He’s black and brown with a white marking on her chest.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in Cumming can take their furry children to the Windermere Dog Park which is an off-leash dog park. The park has a large playing field for children and a nature path, also with an off-leash rule. The park is located at 3355 Windermere Parkway in Cumming.

Sandy Creek Park in Athens is one of the largest dog parks in the area.

Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time

Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time

Atlanta, GA --  (Submitted by Pet Poison Hotline) The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, a national 24/7 animal poison control center, receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies.

“Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.”

Hall County Animal Shelter offers Holiday Adoption Discounts

Hall County Animal Shelter offers Holiday Adoption Discounts

Gainesville, GA--  The Hall County Animal Shelter and all shelters typically see an increase in adoption rates during the holidays, as families get puppies for Christmas. Because larger dogs tend to get left behind, the Animal Shelter is offering a discounted $50 rate for a limited time (regular is $65). Also, senior citizens can adopt senior pets (over 5 years old) for $50 anytime.

Call 678-450-1587 to learn more, or visit the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.