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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.

DeKalb DA hosts event to raise animal cruelty awareness

DeKalb DA hosts event to raise animal cruelty awareness

DECATUR, Ga. – On April 9, District Attorney Robert James and other representatives will join a host of community partners for the 3rd Annual “Paws for the Cause” community event.

The event is geared toward combating crimes and cruelty toward animals but raising awareness about neglect and cruelty.

Paws for the Cause starts at 10AM and will end at 2PM. Other organizations involved, include:  Animal Action Rescue, Village Vets, DeKalb County Animal Services & Enforcement.

Attendees will be able to purchase food from various food vendors, live music and moonwalks. A veterinarian will be on-site to administer low cost, essential immunizations and they will, also, offer $20 micro chipping.

Vendor booth rentals are $25. Interested vendors should contact Clarissa Brown at cjbrown@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-371-4961 for additional details.

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Recieves Award from Atlanta Humane Society

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Recieves Award from Atlanta Humane Society

DECATUR - DeKalb County Fire Rescue received an award on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from the Atlanta Humane Society for rescuing two dogs from an apartment fire.

Capt. Chris Holder, Fire Apparatus Operator Clint Martin, Fire Apparatus Operator Robert Milton and Seasoned Firefighter Scott Baker were honored for rescuing the dogs on Nov. 15 during a fire that broke out at the Austin Oaks Apartments, 4371 Glenwood Rd. in Atlanta.