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Animal shelter needs volunteers

Animal shelter needs volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has recently taken in several pets and needs volunteers to help care for the new additions.

Volunteers will help in a number of ways, including walking dogs, handling cats, cleaning and sanitizing, working at fundraisers, and helping potential owners bond with the pets they choose.

Anyone who's interested in working at the shelter must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Christina Schiralli at 770-513-5506 or policevolunteers@gwinnettcounty.com for more information.

Pets invited to Mall of Georgia for photos with Santa

Pets invited to Mall of Georgia for photos with Santa

BUFORD, Ga. -- Mall of Georgia is inviting all pet owners to being their animals to Mall of Georgia to have their photos taken with Santa for the holidays on Sunday, December 9, from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

After the mall closes, the entrance between Nordstrom and Belk near Woodward Crossing Boulevard will be open for pets and owners to enter. Santa will be set up in the Lower Level Nordstrom Court. For a map of Mall of Georgia, visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

The mall is located on Buford Drive. Photo packages start around $30. Mall of Georgia asks that no exotic pets participate.

 

Family members with four legs to have pictures with Santa

Family members with four legs to have pictures with Santa

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Shelter is offering an opportunity for pets during the holidays.

On December 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., pets can have their photos taken with Santa, as well as animal cookies. Pet owners can join their animals in the photo. There will be cookies and hot chocolate available.

Appointments can be made by calling the shelter at (770) 339-3200. An 8"X10" photo costs $10, and a CD Rom costs $5. All proceeds benefit the shelter and efforts to help animals.

Along with the photography event, the shelter is promoting adoptions through December 25, by offering a discounted spay/neuter fee of $30.

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.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Bailey

ADOPT A PET: Meet Bailey

 

ATLANTA - 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 an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. 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.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Miranda

ADOPT A PET: Meet Miranda

ATLANTA - 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 an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. 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.