June 16, 2021

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We know our pets

Gwinnett County animal shelter hosting ‘rock’ event for adoptable pets

Although puppies and kittens are born year-round, shelters often see an increase in animals in the spring and summer. This can also continue into the fall. For open-admission animal shelters, it means they’re often filled to capacity.

“In the U.S., puppies and kittens are born at a rate of 10 to 1 over human babies. It is possible for female cats to go into heat several times a year. They even can become pregnant while they are still nursing a litter of kittens. This means they often give birth to multiple litters a year,” Phil Snyder, former executive director of Englewood, Florida’s Suncoast Humane Society wrote on the nonprofit’s blog.

“Over a six-year period, an unaltered female dog, her mate, and their offspring can be responsible for the birth of 67,000 puppies. Over the same six-year period, one unaltered female cat, her mate, and their subsequent offspring can produce more than 66,000 kittens. Where do they all end up?”

ExploreFirst endangered lappet-faced vulture chick hatched at Zoo Atlanta

Shelter Pets Rock

11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 12

Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center: 884 Winder Highway, NE, Lawrenceville

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But as for me, I wish to keep my ears close to the words of the prophet, use Scriptures as my compass, however imperfect my life may be, lest I become like Israel and Judah, broken and captive, living a life bound to the weight of my sins.","_id":"VST3LAEJW5CORNDKP7L3FVLLGA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622752719242,"type":"text","content":"As they say nowadays: “You do you, and I’ll do me.” That’s fair enough, I would say.","_id":"CE7ANAZOCFHSVEI7REX5IPTCOY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622752719243,"type":"text","content":"Patricia Holbrook is a columnist, author, blogger and international speaker. Visit her website www.soaringwithHim.com to learn about her speaking ministry, Bible studies and book. 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They announced their arrival and sat outside talking to the man for an hour. She thought they would show up and whisk him away in a car, but instead they were taking their time. “I kept checking and they were putting him at ease,” Molinaro said. “Their presence was very calming.” When they knocked to tell her they were leaving, the man was no longer crying. He was smiling and went with them willingly, she said.","_id":"ATBXOACTYZBFVJJPX7JCUBQKLA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434574,"type":"text","content":"Green has thought a lot about the ways PAD can make a difference in Atlanta communities. She has thought a lot about what might have happened if PAD had been in place when Rayshard Brooks was shot by an APD officer in the parking lot of Wendy’s last summer. What if the Wendy’s worker had the option to call 311 instead of 911 to report an intoxicated man asleep in the drive-thru lane? 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Could law enforcement officers be incentivized to make more diversions instead of writing tickets or making arrests? “We should be proactively investing in a new approach and not doing the same thing we have been doing for decades,” Green said.","_id":"HIHNOYE3MZB4XJO2S6PJL7GG6U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434576,"type":"text","content":"Two days after the man showed up on Molinaro’s doorstep, she got a call from the PAD caseworker letting her know they had found a place for the man to stay and had enrolled him in an assistance program. Two days after that, the man appeared at her door again.","_id":"OAN7S5FSHFGXVFRGL7ITVNFVJQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622678434577,"type":"text","content":"He had a haircut, new clothes, new shoes and said agency workers were helping him get a new identification card. 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He spent 15 months stacking cash and last month closed in 29 days on a home in Leimert Park, a part of Los Angeles he describes as “the bosom of the progressive Black community.”","_id":"7FGLRJSSPRHFFGF7QUTXHKJO2M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622232121542,"type":"text","content":"It is pricier than Atlanta but a place that offers a lifestyle that Atlanta can’t match.","_id":"MPA57LDLF5FFJBSCMDSR4YGTLM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622232121543,"type":"text","content":"“L.A. is one of the few cities on this planet where literally I can start my day at the beach, have lunch in the afternoon in the mountains and end it in the desert in Palm Springs,” Robertson said.","_id":"GLSVFBHZZNGN5KKDMWKIFLCGVE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622232121544,"type":"text","content":"Middle-aged households (between ages 35-54) with kids also seemed especially motivated to move during the pandemic, Weagley said. “It could be that being near family is especially important to their demographic. 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With five children, they had already started outgrowing their home in East Lake, but during COVID-19, with everyone at home including an au pair and nanny at the time, it was clear they needed more space.","_id":"UP6URFP6L5G2LC4XOZCJUBW76U","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"HREUPEX2IRHL3D47NFRIQBWGGA","type":"interstitial_link","content":"The great balancing act","url":"https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/the-great-balancing-act/nfAsx62M9s064LTjWPDhQN/","_id":"VJ3OFJNY4VC5JBG4AQXWELBVLQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622232121547,"type":"text","content":"“During the pandemic, everyone was reassessing,” said Shigley. “Once you get out of the city, there are a lot of options in terms of your lifestyle choices. I started having this idea about acreage. 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His tired feet and aging body, straining at each step. I imagine the proximity of the Promised Land was the fuel that propelled him to move forward to the top of the mountain after 40 years of wandering and waiting.","_id":"27CEH4X3ZNFVNCGHOYOGUBSGCU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621529666069,"type":"text","content":"“Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 34.","_id":"GIWTH27VS5DXRLGXUBDC72HZCU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621529666070,"type":"text","content":"Moses would never taste the sweetness of the land “flowing with milk and honey.” His eyes would only see if from a distance. 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He helps clients determine which gun will best suit her needs and spends a portion of training time practicing real-life scenarios that will prepare women for what might happen when they leave the range.","_id":"LR2AANK6Y5CEPMIDU2V2F2HT5U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621457101462,"type":"text","content":"Gray said he noticed the uptick in interest in gun training among women over the summer but makes it clear to his clients that gun ownership is not for everyone. “The misconception is you have to have a gun to protect yourself. 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