Gwinnett animal shelter set for adoption event

LAWRENCEVILLE -- They call it an "adoption explosion" and if you're looking to adopt a pet, the Gwinnett County animal shelter is offering reduced rates.

The second annual adoption event begins on Saturday and runs through July 27 where adoption fees will be reduced to $40 for dogs and puppies and $30 for cats and kittens. If you adopt two cats or kittens, the fee will be reduced to $40 total for both. The fee includes the spay or neuter of each animal, a microchip and the first round of shots.

The Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center will have a block part at 10 a.m. on July 27, which will have a live DJ, with music, inflatable jump houses and games for kids, a craft exhibit that caters to animal lovers and a cookout. The cookout is a fundraiser for the Society of Humane Friends, the group that runs the spay or neuter clinic at the shelter. The event will have hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, non-alcoholic drinks and feature the "Cars for Critters Mega Hot Rod and Car Show."

Last year, the event counted 306 adoptions and rescues.

"We consider the event to be a great success, and look forward to even more adoptions and rescues this year," Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.