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ADOPT A PET: Meet Sierra

ADOPT A PET: Meet Sierra

ATLANTA – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family.

Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Holds Dog Bite Prevention Class for Children

Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Holds Dog Bite Prevention Class for Children

May 15-21, 2011, is dog bite prevention week. To promote safety between dogs and children, Sandy Springs Fire Recue is hosting a dog bite prevention class for children ages five through 12 on May 14, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Sandy Springs Fire Station 4.

Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s series “It’s Me or the Dog” will present the class along with Sandy Springs Fire Rescue. Stillwell will speak with children on how to be safe around dogs. Experts agree that education is the best way to reduce dog bite risk. Admission is free, but participants will need to pre-register online at www.sandyspringsga.org to reserve a place. Click on “Emergency Services,” then “Fire Rescue Department.” Toddlers and babies are discouraged from attending.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Atlanta area can take their furry children to the Henry Jones Dog Park in Brook Run Park for some off-leash exercise. This fully wooded park in Dunwoody is four acres large however; it doesn’t have a water fountain. Dogs can drink from a community water bucket which is provided by the park.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Goldenrama Celebrates Golden Retrievers and Their Owners

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Adopt A Golden Atlanta (AGA) is preparing for its 7th annual Goldenrama, a fun-filled afternoon for adopted and rescued Golden Retrievers and their owners.

Goldenrama will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Field of Concourse Office Park (5 Concourse Parkway NE, Atlanta, 30328).