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Donation drive to benefit Rockdale County Animal Shelter

Donation drive to benefit Rockdale County Animal Shelter

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County asks residents and businesses to support cats and dogs who need forever homes by attending a donation drive on Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Rockdale County Animal Care & Control Shelter, 1506 Rockbridge Road, Conyers.

The half-day charitable event, which Hand Across Rockdale hosts in partnership with Rockdale County Animal Care & Control Division, encourages the community to donate shelter supplies, tour the facility, learn more about Animal Care & Control services, and adopt happy animals just waiting for someone to take them home.

Animal adoptions are available to citizens ages 18 and over with a photo ID. Adoption fees for dogs are $30 and $20 for cats. Fees for residents who live outside Rockdale are $35 for dogs and $25 for cats. Adoption fees include a certificate for rabies inoculation, vaccines, deworming, samples of food/treats, and coupons.

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

(WXIA) -- PetSmart Charities is planning a major adoption event at stores nationwide.

National Adoption Weekend will be Sept. 13-15. Thousands of dogs and cats will be available for PetSmart customers to take home.

Adoption representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for a new pet.

PetSmart Charities will give $35 to grants to participating local adoption partners for every pet that finds a new home during National Adoption Weekend.

"We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt said.

Learn more and find your closest PetSmart store at petsmart.com.

PetSmart offering pet pictures with Santa

PetSmart offering pet pictures with Santa

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County PetSmart is offering pet owners a chance to take pictures of their furry friends with Santa Claus.

Bring your dog or cat to PetSmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 or Sunday, Dec. 2.

Photo packages start at $9.95. A portion of each sale will benefit the Humane Society of Morgan County.

The Conyers PetSmart is located at 1370 Dogwood Drive SE.

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

CONYERS, Ga. -- The H.J. Fox Halloween Festival is coming to the Georgia International Horse Park, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

The event, which is part of the 2012 Signature Series, includes four rings of hunter/jumper competition. There will also be a horse and rider costume contest, a fox and hound derby for attending dogs, and trick or treating around the barns.

More than $3,000 in prize money will be given away during the event. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, and is open to spectators.

For more information, visit hjfoxclassics.com.

Georgia International Horse Park is located at 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

Expert Pet Finder Offers Tips to Locate Lost Animals Faster, Gets Tails Wagging

Expert Pet Finder Offers Tips to Locate Lost Animals Faster, Gets Tails Wagging

ATLANTA -- Have you ever lost a pet? Panic sets in and emotions run high. What to do? First, get calm. Then, take immediate action and follow the tips from lost animal expert Tim Link of Wagging Tales. As a full-time animal expert, Tim has worked with thousands of domesticated animals and their human companions, and he has quickly become the foremost expert in finding missing animals. Tim’s most popular service: finding lost pets — mostly beloved cats and dogs.