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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 Rocky

ADOPT A PET: Meet Rocky

FAYETTEVILLE, 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.

Rocky is a Basset Hound mix and he’s available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Rocky is two-years-old; so he’s considered fully grown and probably won’t grow any larger.

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Animal Control has announced that a rabid raccoon made contact with two dogs in the Lanier Boulevard area of southern Hall County earlier this week.

On May 6, officials with the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed that the raccoon had rabies. This is the seventh official rabies case of 2011.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located.

Hall County residents are advised to call Animal Control at 770-531-6830 if they see an animal acting strangely.

Pet owners are also encouraged to vaccinate their cats and dogs for rabies. Vaccines are available for $10 at the Hall County Animal Shelter (1688 Barber Road, Gainesville, 30507) Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

CLERMONT, Ga. -- Officials have confirmed that a rabid raccoon made contact with two dogs in the Elmer Truelove Road area of North Hall County on Monday, Apr. 11.

The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Decatur. On Wednesday, Apr. 13, Hall County Animal Services confirmed that the raccoon was positive for rabies.

This is Georgia's sixth confirmed rabies case in 2011.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the raccoon was located. Residents are advised to contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 if they see animals acting abnormally near or around Elmer Truelove Road.

Pet owners are encouraged to protect their pets against rabies.