Gwinnett animal shelter file photo

Grayson Wahl greets a pit bull dog at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare shelter in this 2012 file photo. On Thursday, the shelter announced it is extending free pet adoptions through the end of June.

Gwinnett County residents will get more time to adopt a pet from the county’s animal shelter for free this month.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare announced it is extending free pet adoptions through the end of June. Officials said the decision was made after they saw the community response to the shelter’s recent Shelter Pets Rock event and took into account the fact that animal intakes traditionally increase during the summer.

“Our Shelter Pets Rock event was a huge success with 39 pet adoptions in one day, but because shelter counts remain near capacity, we ask families who have ever considered adding a pet to their homes to do so now,” said Alan Davis, Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division Director.

During the first week of June alone, 166 animals were brought to the shelter as animal intakes. That number towers over the 96 animals that were adopted at the shelter that week.

Typically adoption fees are $45 for dogs and puppies and $30 for cats and kittens, but those fees will be waived this month. The shelter said the pets have been vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.

“Whether you are looking for fluffy puppies, cute kittens, playful dogs or loving cats, please consider adopting from the shelter at this time,” Davis said.

The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. Information on available pets can be found at www.GwinnettAnimalWelfare.com or by checking out the Gwinnett animal shelter page on Facebook.

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