Adopting a pet 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.



City approves ‘Dream Big’ mural for Hill Street wall

The Duluth City Council has authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Brenda Ehly for a mural art project along the Hill Street retaining wall between State Route 120 and West Lawrenceville Street. According to the artist, “the mural design titled, ‘Dream Big’ depicts a cohort of ants embarking on a routine mission. While the majority immediately get down to the business of meeting their quotas and the expectations of those at home, a lone ant dares to dream on a grander scale… the day-to-day checklists of life can sometimes feel like pushing a boulder (or an olive depending on one’s stature) uphill.”

To help build community, Ehly plans to recruit volunteers from Duluth so that one or two individuals can help each day as the mural is installed. Funding for this Duluth Public Art Commission approved project is allocated in the Public Art Acquisition budget.



  • Color Run by St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School Crusaders. 8 a.m. registration, 9-11 a.m. Saturday. $25 to $35. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn on the track in front of the bandstand. Funds raised will benefit the school’s playground. 404-219-5694,
  • Lilburn Relay Rally Picnic. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25. $10. Gartrell Nash Pavilion, Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. Hosts are the Lilburn Community Partnership and the Wynne-Russell Preservation Board for this first-come, first-served event. Each ticket buys a hamburger, hot dog, choice of sides, dessert and water. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Register: 770-923-7725 or email with your name, phone number and number of tickets.
  • Gwinnett Relay for Life (Lilburn). 5-9:30 p.m. April 27. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. This fundraiser is for the American Cancer Society’s Gwinnett Relay for Life. Pat Swan at
  • Gwinnett Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 (rain or shine). Lilburn Library and City Hall parking lot, 4817 Church Road NW, Lilburn. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association (GCMGA) will sell trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, including native and pollinator-friendly plants. Only checks and cash will be accepted. Funds raised will support the GCMGA’s ongoing efforts to promote horticulture principles and environmental practices across Gwinnett, offering enriching community programs and educational opportunities for all ages. GCMGA is organized through The University of Georgia’s Gwinnett Extension office, operating as a part of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by the Norcross Police Department. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Front of City Hall/Police Department, 65 Lawrenceville St., Norcross. Participate in this safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs while also learning about the potential for medication abuse.