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ADOPT A PET: Meet Penny

ADOPT A PET: Meet Penny

DECATUR, 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.

Penny is a two-year-old Beagle mix and she’s available for adoption from the PAWS Atlanta, the DeKalb County Humane Society. Penny is described as sweet and looking for a home with someone who will love her forever. Penny and her sister Lucy were given to PAWS Atlanta by the local animal control.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Rizzoli

ADOPT A PET: Meet Rizzoli

DECATUR, 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.

Rizzoli, is an Australian Shepherd mix and she is available for adoption from the PAWS Atlanta, the DeKalb County Humane Society. Rizzoli is five-months-old and is considered a medium dog. However, dogs of this breed usually grow to be about 60 pounds. According to PAWS, this dog is very friendly with other dogs and knows how to climb fences.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Brewster

ADOPT A PET: Meet Brewster

DECATUR, 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.

Brewster is a four-year-old Retriever mix and she’s available for adoption from the PAWS Atlanta, the DeKalb County Humane Society. Brewster would be considered full grown, so he probably won’t grow much. He’s long haired and red. Brewster came from a “dog hoarding situation in Alabama” and vets in Atlanta determined that he had suffered brain damage as a young puppy.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

STONE MOUNTAIN, 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 the City of Decatur can take their furry children to the Oakhurst Dog Park an off-leash, permit only park. The park is approximately 2 acres and is partly wooded with a “grassy plain” area. Oakhurst is completely fenced. Regular park goers complain that one low-lying area in the park gets muddy after it rains but aside from that, the park is a neighborhood favorite.

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.”

SPCA is hosting its 1st Annual Run for the Rescues; 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

SPCA is hosting its 1st Annual Run for the Rescues; 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Suwanee, Ga.--  (submitted by GA SCPA)  The Georgia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is hosting its 1st Annual Run for the Rescues 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, March 26, 8:30 am, Suwanee Town Center Park. 

All of the proceeds go to support the Georgia SPCA Animal Shelter at 1175 Buford Hwy, Suite 109, Suwanee. 

We expect 400 runners for this event.  We have over 40 vendors and Publix is our Platinum sponsor for this first race. 

We will have all of our dogs out there for adoption, plus the Second Chance Greyhounds Rescue, English-Bulldog Rescue of Georgia, The Gwinnett Humane Society Rescue groups.  Please come support us. 

Christine Muller

Georgia SPCA

Four Companies Support New Community Pet Center in Stone Mountain

Four Companies Support New Community Pet Center in Stone Mountain

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by AARF)  The difficult economy has left many pets homeless and abandoned. The crisis of stray and abandoned pets has reached epic levels in the Atlanta metro area.

But one local animal welfare group is trying to do something new in these tough times. Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends is expanding their services at a new community pet center in Stone Mountain. The new AARF Pet Central will offer adoptions, training and pet supplies at a time when homeless pets need all of the help they can get.

National flooring provider, Lumber Liquidators, has stepped up to provide 1500 square feet of flooring for the new facility. In addition, three local Atlanta businesses are supporting AARF's efforts to save more pets and to keep more pets in their homes.