I missed this one back in February and I’m sorry I did. In an inspired promotion, Gwinnett Animal Welfare at 844 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville 30045 hosted its Adopt a Sweetheart Valentines special. The memorable occasion was held during the dates surrounding Valentine’s Day 2019 in the February 11-16 window. There were specially discounted adoption rates for sweetheart cats and dogs. Keeping the 2/14 date in mind, the fee was only $2.14 for each dog and cat adopted.
February 16 was the high point of the Sweetheart Special, and an array of vendors were there. Various gifts were avail-able and there were adorable photo backdrops, as featured in our headline photo. Newly adopted cats and dogs were excit-ed to depart the shelter to start a new chapter in their lives at forever homes with families of humans. (The dogs displayed their excitement more than did the cats, who were more quietly grateful.)
Things have returned more or less back to normal at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and pet adoption fees are back to their everyday rates of $45 for dogs and $20 for cats. It’s still a bargain though for those ready to adopt and the pets are after all sweethearts throughout the year: prices include standard spaying and neutering, microchips and vaccinations. Adoption hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 11 am to 6 pm, and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.
For any long-range planning, pet adoption festivities with the best prices are typically during the “Adopt a Sweetheart” Valentine’s Day annual promotion at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare. Alan Davis, manager of the Gwinnett County Law Enforcement Division, suggests that Valentine’s Day is the most perfectly planned opportunity throughout the year to give the gift of a pet in order to bring a lifetime of happiness to the whole family.
The Gwinnett Animal Welfare “Adopt a Sweetheart” Event was again a highlight of the year in 2019 because it effec-tively raised awareness about all the wonderful work done daily there. Congrats to the staff for another great job this past February. And for those of us who missed this classic event, it’s a case of wait until next year. However, volunteer opportu-nities are available at other events throughout 2019. Great for students who ae considering veterinary studies! For those in-terested visit: www.volunteergwinnett.net
– Dr. Paul Hudson