Lyla enjoys life to fullest


Lyla is the featured pet of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

She enjoys life to the fullest, has never met a stranger and can make anything into an enjoyable toy. She is a 1-year-old domestic short-haired cat who is whirling dervish of activity and can be a bit messy, but it is all part of her charm.

She has tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus, but there is no reason to pass on her. She would make a fantastic only cat or be a great addition to any home where other cats are already altered. She can live a long, happy life in the right home. Lyla is an indoor-only cat. FIV-positive cats can live with negative cats as long as they are fixed and not aggressive.

All animals adopted from the animal shelter are spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations and are microchipped with registration. Cats are tested for the feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus, and dogs are tested for heartworms.

The Spay Neuter Assistance for Pets program offers free vouchers to qualifying families for a spay or neuter procedure at participating local veterinarians. Those in Loudon County can visit to find other options.

People Promoting Animal Welfare in Greenback offers low-cost neutering for those who do not meet income or county qualifications.

Those who have lost a pet or found a lost cat or dog in Monroe County may call the animal shelter at 423-442-1015.

Visit the shelter 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville behind Walmart. The shelter is closed to the public Sunday and Monday. Shelter officials are able to post information on its Facebook page. Information on lost and found pets is then sent to the Monroe County Friends of Animals and the MCFA Thrift Store Facebook pages.

Animal control in Monroe County is administered through the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. To report cases of stray animals, potential animal endangerment or neglect, call 423-442-3911.