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Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

Animal shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to pets

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- People aren't the only ones who will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this week.

The Hall County Animal Shelter will serve a special meal to its pets. The animals will eat chicken and rice on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"(The pets) usually only get dry kibble, and we thought they'd really enjoy something special," shelter volunteer coordinator Susan Allen said.

Members of the community are invited to help too.

"If you can donate $5 or if you can cook up a pot of chicken and rice yourself and deliver it to the shelter, we can make this happen," shelter program coordinator Cindy Langman said.

The Hall County Animal Shelter is located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

Rabid raccoon, cat found in Hall County

Rabid raccoon, cat found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Animal Services announced Tuesday that a rabid raccoon was found in the southeastern part of the county.

The raccoon made contact with a dog near Marsh Creek Court. It was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies.

It was the 18th confirmed case of rabies in Hall County this year, and the second one this week. A cat was recently caught in the Tara Trail area; it tested positive for rabies Monday.

Hall County residents who see animals acting sick or abnormally are encouraged to call Animal Services at 770-531-6830.

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.

Low cost vaccines offered to Gwinnett County pets

Low cost vaccines offered to Gwinnett County pets

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A low-cost vaccination clinic will be open on Saturday in Suwanee. 

Offered to anyone needing to protect their pet from potential illness, the clinic will offer rabies shots, distemper shots, bordetella shots, heartworm tests and microchips. The fees range from $10 - $25. 

The clinic will be at the Georgia SPCA, at 1175 Buford Highway. Proceeds will go towards the animals at the SPCA. 

Jimmy Buffett tribute band performs for Hall Co. Animal Shelter

Jimmy Buffett tribute band performs for Hall Co. Animal Shelter

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- "Pirates of the Opry" - a Jimmy Buffet tribute band is set to perform at Laurel Park on Friday, May 17. 

The concert, according to Katie Crumley of the Hall County Government, will benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter's Adoption Programs. The band will begin performing at 7:30 p.m., as part of the weekend locals know as "Hawgin' on Lanier."

The weekend includes the concert on Friday, along with a mud run, car show, barbeque competition and other entertainment on Saturday. 

Tickets to the concert are $5 each. A table that seats eight people can be purchased for $300, which includes dinner. Tickets will be sold at the door; advance purchase can be bought through contacting Crumley at (770) 297-5504.

Laurel Park is accessible via boat or car. The amphitheater seating will be open, and guests can also bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn. 

 

Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Tickets are now on sale for the Hawgin' on Lanier Jimmy Buffett tribute concert.

The concert will be held Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Laurel Park's amphitheater.

Pirates of the Opry are scheduled to perform. The Gainesville Jaycees will provide a barbecue dinner.

Tickets are $15 each or $300 for a table of eight, which includes food.

Contact Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or kcrumley@hallcounty.org for more information or to buy tickets.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter.

Laurel Park is located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville.

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.