Valdosta Daily Times

August 25, 2013

Consider adoption on National Dog Day

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Tomorrow, Aug. 26, is recognized as National Dog Day, a day to appreciate the pets you have or to make plans to adopt. Over the last several weeks, The Times has partnered with the Lowndes County Animal Shelter to assist in having animals adopted and to solicit donations for items they desperately need.

The response from the community has been overwhelming. The generosity of individuals and animal lovers is truly amazing, as there have been so many donations, it’s taken several vehicles to get them all to the shelter from our office. But it’s worth the time and effort to help in any way we can to see the animals well cared for and potentially adopted.

You can find photos of animals ready for a new home every other week in ads running in The Times. You can also visit the Animal Shelter to spend time with a potential new pet to see if you are compatible. Pets aren’t like items that can be discarded when you’re tired of them. They should be your companions for life, so taking the time to consider the animals’ needs as well as yours is best to avoid future issues.

Even if you aren’t where you can adopt a new pet, animal lovers who want to help are welcome to drop off the items on the shelter’s wish list any time during regular business hours at The Times. And a special thanks to those who already have.

Business Roundup

The City Market downtown has a new tenant, the Let Them Be Little Sweet Boutique. The store was in the Valdosta Mall and is now offering its children’s clothing, accessories, candy, and furry friends at the Market.

Workers are in the former Hollywood Video store on Gornto Road, renovating for the new Lifeway Christian store, which should be opening in September.

Likewise, there’s been a lot of activity at the new Coyoacan restaurant location on St. Augustine Road, with a hopeful opening in early September.

The Mill in Remerton Square is progressing, with another few weeks before they’re going to be ready to open. It will be a pizza, etc., restaurant with a casual atmosphere and games for the whole family.

The Wendy’s on St. Augustine is being torn down, but it will be built back in the restaurant’s latest design motif.

I’m not sure if Hooter’s is still on target for opening after Labor Day, but I’ll find out this week and pass it on.

The building on North Oak Street Extension behind El Toreo and the Bank of the Ozarks is going to be the new Behavior Health Crisis Center, which is expected to open in January of next year.

Still checking on rumors about a Walmart Express in Adel and am also hearing the same about Lake Park. I haven’t found anyone who could confirm either, but maybe I will this week.

Construction is continuing on the new Italian restaurant, Gondoliers, on Norman Drive, and the expansion on Sam’s Club. If you haven’t been by there lately, it’s enormous. They are essentially doubling the store size.

Sadly, in the last few weeks, we’ve seen the Video Warehouse on Hill Avenue going out of business, the Potter’s House, and the Wedge restaurant on Baytree. It’s been a tough summer for some businesses but let’s hope the trend is reversing.

That’s all for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!