Hubie, Justine and Ellie are the featured pets of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Hubie is a delightful 2-year-old, blue and white, domestic short-haired cat with a sociable personality. He will follow you anywhere in demand of head rubs and food.

Hubie loves boxes and playing with his toys. He found his way into a barn. The barn owners would have kept Hubie, but the resident cats vetoed that idea. Hubie is a sweetheart with perfect litter box manners. He would be great in a home that has safe outdoor access such as a screened porch. He has grown accustomed to his soft, warm bed and lazy lifestyle.

Justine, a 1-year-old female tabby, is a sweet girl who adores human company. She would be best in a home that appreciates a extroverted cat. Justine enjoys lap cuddles, curling around your ankles and chin scratches. She prefers human love over playing with her toys. She enjoys the perks of being indoors but has had outdoor access in the past. She uses her litter box just fine but is diligent in burying her deposit. Litter tends to scatter in all directions. A covered litter box would be ideal for her.

Ellie is a 2-year-old white and brown tabby girl. Already people friendly, Ellie is a particular little lady who expects her meals on time and the occasional head pat. Ellie would be a wonderful addition to any home or farm looking for rodent control. She would trade her services in exchange for a warm, safe home and daily meals.

Shelter hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville behind Walmart.

The shelter needs someone to write the cat “Pet of the Week” every other week. The task only takes a few hours of time the week the article needs to be written. If interested, email Much of the newsletter is boiler plate, so it only requires writing the “cat portion” of the article.

Appointments can be scheduled for meet and greets for adoptable animals. Please call 423-442-1015 to make arrangements. All adoptable pets can be seen online at www.monroecounty

For the protection of staff, volunteers and the public, we will only be able to accommodate one family at a time. Wearing a mask is greatly appreciated. Please call when you arrive at the shelter.

The MCFA Thrift Store is closed until further notice out of an abundance of caution due to rising COVID-19 cases. The store’s Facebook page is still operational and is frequently updated. New items arrive all the time.

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 heart worms. The Spay Neuter Assistance for Pets program offers free vouchers to qualifying families. Residents of Loudon County can visit to find other options.

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. To report cases of stray animals potential animal endangerment or neglect, call 423-442-3911.