Reduced pet adoption fees available at Gwinnett animal shelter during April. Courtesy Gwinnett Animal Welfare Shelter

Adopting a pet in Gwinnett just got much cheaper

April is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Month and includes National Pet Parents Day (April 29), Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30), and National Hairball Awareness Day (April 25). In recognition of those special occasions and to honor dedicated animal control officers, the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division has cut adoption fees to $45 for dogs.

Dogs and cats up for adoption at the shelter are examined, vaccinated and neutered or spayed by Animal Welfare staff veterinarians, so they are ready to go home on the day of adoption.

Shelter fees are typically $90 for a dog. Cat adoptions are $30.

If adoption is not an option, animal lovers can volunteer at the shelter or donate supplies or money to help the shelter improve the health of the animals, increase the number of adoptions and rescues, and continue to offer pet care education free to the community.

The shelter is open for adoptions 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. Information: 770-339-3200.