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Flags, an 11-month-old pit bull-retriever mix, is available for adoption Monday at the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda.

The neutered male is described as smart and very affectionate. He also likes to play fetch.

Adoption fees are $65 for a dog older than 5 months, $100 for puppies younger than that, plus $10 for a state license. The puppy fee also includes four puppy obedience classes and kennel cough vaccination. The adoption fee is $50 for cats and kittens. Included in the overall adoption fee for dogs or cats is spaying or neutering, rabies and distemper shots, deworming and a free health checkup at an area veterinarian.

Adoption hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Other agencies with animals needing adoption include:

Southtowns SPCA, 1439 Pontiac Road, Angola. The adoption fee includes neutering or spaying, shots and a free health checkup at a veterinarian of one's choice. Call 549-5300 for information.

Niagara County SPCA Rainbow Animal Shelter, 2100 Lockport Road, Wheatfield, also has cats and dogs for adoption from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

City Animal Shelter, 380 Oak St., has animals that need good homes. It's open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Adopt-A-Pet shelters throughout the area have cats and dogs available. Call 686-9046 for information.

Second Chance Sheltering Network has cats and kittens available for adoption. Call 652-6051.

HEART (Hamburg Eden Animal Rescue Team) has dogs and cats available for adoption by calling 821-1915.

Reptile Adoption, Rehabilitation and Education has a rehabilitation center at 60 Bright St., Cheektowaga, and handles adoptions for reptile pets. Call 895-0285.

Two nonprofit groups in the Buffalo area find homes for greyhounds whose racing careers have ended. Both groups visit the homes of those who apply to adopt ex-racers. Applications and information are available from Buffalo Greyhound Adoption at P.O. Box 1096, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14225 or by calling 873-1165 and from Greyhound Rescue Adoption Team at P.O. Box 196, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207 or by calling 839-4275.

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