Emme and Remington are siblings and best friends who love to play and snuggle together. They love playing in the backyard and fetching sticks and pine cones, and they play great with their foster friends too. They’d love to find a forever home together.
Gwinnett County has had five bear sightings so far this year.
Suwanee resident Colleen Gardner spotted a black bear in the backyard of her Royal Oak Estates subdivision home on Sunday evening. The fuzzy creature was hanging out near — and on — her bird feeder.
“He stayed for about 15 minutes and headed toward Johnson Road,” Gardner said.
Gardner’s is the fifth known Gwinnett bear sighting this summer.
Two separate homeowners in Buford reported seeing bears days apart in late June, not long after Gwinnett police were captured on video trying to wrangle a bear in Norcross. Earlier in the summer, a resident in the Charleston Bay neighborhood in Duluth shared a video with the Daily Post and said the same bear visited the same home twice.
Coyotes are causing problems in Augusta.
“We used to notice them, but now they’re beginning to come out a little bit more than what they were in the beginning,” [Augusta Municipal Golf Course] general manager Ira Miller said. “A lot of people have said they’ve seen dogs out here, I’ve heard everything from a dog to a fox.”
Coyotes are not native to Georgia and began making a home in the Southeast as early as the 1970s, said Mark Whitney, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources assistant director of Wildlife Resources.
By the mid-’90s, the omnivorous predators had populated all 159 Georgia counties. Though widespread, Whitney doesn’t believe they pose as much of a threat as the public thinks.
“People see them as a nuisance. It’s more of a potential individual perception issue,” he said. “Obviously if they show up in someone’s backyard, they’ll have concerns.”
When they showed up at neighboring Daniel Field Airport, Augusta Aviation was more than concerned. Wildlife on the runways can create hazardous conditions for pilots when they are attempting to take off or land.
Rumson is a 5-year old, 50-pound Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA. He’s about 50-pounds underweight.
Stinki is a
funny-looking dog pig who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Control in Monroe, GA.
Fayette County Commissioners voted 4-1 to euthanize a proposal for animal control brought by county citizens.
tacked onto the vote to approve the new euthanasia and management policy for the animal shelter, they showed that the talk about seeking the public’s input is empty.
There were so many residents at Thursday night’s meeting that some had to be turned away as they were already skirting Fire Marshal rules. They were pet owners, animal advocates, taxpayers, and concerned citizens. They wanted their voices to be heard because the animals can’t speak for themselves. These weren’t empty words from the crowd. They practice what they preach. They open their homes and their checkbooks, they spend countless hours volunteering at the shelter or with other local groups. They are the ones in the trenches doing everything they can to save lives.
And still, my critique is not with the decision to approve the policy itself and stop the ordinance and more with how it was made. I expected that the policy would be approved. While many didn’t like the thought of putting an expiration date on the dogs at the shelter, the reality is our animal control is understaffed, underfunded, and in a woefully outdated building. Director Jerry Collins has to work with what is given to him, and what is given to animal control has traditionally been little. That much was acknowledged by countless opponents of the policy. Something has to be done to help make their job easier, and I see where the policy is coming from.
What dropped my jaw to the floor is that, in a cowardly act after the public had their say and the floor was closed for discussion, the policy passed with the added clause to kill the animal ordinance in progress that has been a labor of love (and no cost to the County) for so many. With no chance for rebuttal, they put the ordinance down. They knew they intended to do just that, whether under advisement of staff or on their own accord, and they were sure not to let the public know what they were up to.
Lucky Girl is spayed and up to date on vaccinations. She is full of energy and loves to run and play and gets along with other dogs. Her owner has some bad health issues and unfortunately had to give her up. Luckie Girl would love to find a new family to love her. For more information call 478-231-6942, Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, Inc.
Rorie does well with other dogs and children. Unfortunately the family that had Rorie since she was a puppy had to give her up.
Byron City Council is considering two animal ordinances.
The council heard the first reading of two ordinance amendments dealing with animals and pets that will likely get second readings and be voted on Aug. 14.
One pertains to dogs that are impounded and do not have, or aren’t wearing, licenses. It prescribes a description of the dog be posted at the impounding facility, the police department and at City Hall for seven days.
After that time, the dog may be adopted or disposed of in a “humane manner.”
The second amendment to animal ordinances deals with the number of dogs and cats allowed per residential lot. If approved, the amendment will limit the number of dogs to three per lot and the number of cats to three per lot.
The measure allows owners who have more than three dogs and three cats at the time of the measure’s passage may keep them but prohibits animals over that number from being replaced as they die or as otherwise leave.
It also makes allowances for litters of puppies and kittens to be kept for 12 weeks.
Snickers loves to cuddle but is starting to get more independent. He is very curious about everything. He chases leaves that fall from the tress and he needs to know what is behind every piece of furniture in the house. He is very smart and stares you in the eye. He watches everything around him so he will need tons of mental stimulation like doggie puzzle toys and outside activities. He will be a large active dog so he needs a home who loves to go for walks, maybe hikes or runs.
Turtle just wants to cuddle. He loves to be in his foster moms lap and be held like a baby. When you bath him he whines like the world is ending and then he whimpers when you dry him. He is very dramatic. While his foster brother, Snickers, flies off the couch onto the floor, Turtle still requires assistance.
Turtle loves to run and play and explore the yard. He doesn’t shy away from a good wrestle with his siblings and he loves toys and cow hooves. He may grow into a more active dog but he needs a home who can just spoil him rotten.
Virginia is the biggest girl of the litter so we estimate her to be close to her mother size at 50 to 55 lbs. She has always been the quiet, docile puppy of the litter. She always looks concerned about everything. She wears her emotions on her face.
Virginia likes to wrestle and roll with her siblings but is not one of the ones who runs crazy around the yard barking. When the chaos begins she usually retreats to her dog bed to chew on a toy or take a nap. She loves to cuddle and she loves to held and sit next to her person.
She is very smart and has learned to use the puppy pads. She goes potty when she is taken outside and she comes when called. Virginia just needs a nice home to love her and keep her safe. As with all puppies, the person has to have the time and patience to train a new puppy.
The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is full to the rafters and needs fosters and adopters ASAP because dogs and cats are in danger of being euthanized to free up space for new intakes.
Baby Queen enjoys going for walks and playing with other dogs. She’s a sweet girl who could make a great family dog.
Max is a delightful little dog and it’s obvious he enjoys being outside and exploring.
Baylee is a kennel favorite; she is very loving and sweet.