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Center hosts animal adoption sale

Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson Wahl, 6, of Lawrenceville greets a 2-year old pit bull dog as the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center hosts an adoption block party Saturday. Since July 7th the Center has been running an event called the "Adoption Explosion". Animal Welfare has waived its adoption fees and the veterinarian fees have been reduced by half. Normally, pet adoptions costs $90, the reduced price is $30.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson Wahl, 6, of Lawrenceville greets a 2-year old pit bull dog as the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center hosts an adoption block party Saturday. Since July 7th the Center has been running an event called the "Adoption Explosion". Animal Welfare has waived its adoption fees and the veterinarian fees have been reduced by half. Normally, pet adoptions costs $90, the reduced price is $30.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Courtney Lang, a volunteer at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center holds a 6 to 8 week old kitten that was adopted Saturday while the center hosted an adoption block party. Since July 7th the center has been running an event called the "Adoption Explosion". Animal Welfare has waived adoption fees while reducing veterinarian fees by half. Normally, pet adoptions fees are $90, the reduced price is $30.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lauren Moore and Stephen Gibbs of Dacula peer through each window at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center trying to find the perfect dog to adopt.

"We previously adopted a Huskie from here, so we're trying to find her a little friend," Moore said. "Probably a big dog because she enjoys to play with them at the dog park."

The two came on the best day. Saturday was the center's last day of its "Adoption Explosion," where Animal Welfare waived its adoption fees and the veterinarian fees were cut in half. The price is usually $90. For a majority of July, it was $30.

"We didn't even know that was going on," Moore said. "It's great. I hope lots of animals are adopted."

Families and couples were in and out of the building all day trying to find the best companion, especially for the price.

"Specials like this draw the people in and the people usually take something home, which is fantastic," said Josie Wahl of Lawrenceville, who runs the unofficial Facebook page called Animals of Gwinnett County promoting adoptions at the shelter. "There have been 300 plus dogs adopted alone in July. It's up about 100 more than we usually see adopted in a month. (My sons and I) come three or four times a week (to the center) and this is triple the amount of people we usually see."

People heard about the event in several ways: friends, social media and Craigslist.

"I heard through Craigslist," said Bianca Dryer of Norcross, who brought her three children along. "It said that today was the last day, so we decided to come out for a dog and a cat. My kids love animals, especially my son here. They're going to walk (the dog) though because it's going up on the chore board."

Most of the dogs and cats are strays that were picked up around the county. Others are owner surrenders. No matter how the animals get to the center, the county ensures that the dogs and cats are spayed and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before leaving for a new home.

By the end of the event, more than 330 cats and dogs were adopted during the month of July. For more information about the animals or the center, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.