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Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DeKalb County offering free pet adoptions

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Throughout the month of September, DeKalb County Animal Services will offer free dog and cat adoptions.

Animal services director Susan Feingold said as many as 30 pets enter the shelter every day, creating an urgent need for public support.

"By waiving adoption fees, we hope to see a record number of people coming into the shelter and giving our wonderful animals a new life," Feingold said.

The "Fall in Love" adoption promotion allows DeKalb County residents to take home a dog or cat of any age. All animals are spayed and neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Visit dekalbanimalservices.com for more information.

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.

Paws for the Cause to help homeless pets

Paws for the Cause to help homeless pets

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James will host an event next month to benefit pets in need of loving homes.

Paws for the Cause will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glenlake Park. It is hosted by James' office as well as DeKalb County Animal Services & Enforcement, Animal Action Resue and Village Vets.

"Protecting animals from cruel and neglectful behavior is one of my top priorities," James said in a statement. "These partnerships are essential to combating animal cruelty in our community and promoting animal adoption."

In addition to music, food and other activities, Paws for the Cause attendees can take advantage of low-cost microchipping and immunizations. All creatures, two- and four-legged alike, are invited to attend.

Glenlake Park is located at 1121 Church Street in Decatur.

Vote for Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to win $250,000

Vote for Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to win $250,000

TUCKER, Ga. -- Do you have 15 seconds to spare to help save pets in need?

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends is trying to win a grant from the Chase Community Giving fall grant program, and you can make that happen.

Hundreds of charities will be helped by this program. The top 200 will each receive $10,000, while the top 10 will win $250,000. Community votes help determine who makes the top 10.

To vote, visit the Chase Community Giving Facebook page. Voting closes on Sept. 19.

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 Arteyu

ADOPT A PET: Meet Arteyu

 

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.