Scooter and Rhett are the featured pets of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

They are two of 14 cats from one owner whose health is declining. He’s slowly surrendering them to the shelter so that they can find new homes before he goes into assisted living.

Scooter and Rhett are about 8 years old, litter box proficient and very sweet.

Scooter is a handsome gray tabby who likes to be scratched everywhere. Rhett is a sleek, solid black, house panther and seems to prefer softer petting. Both are decompressing, but it won’t take long for them to show their personalities in a home.

Both have received regular veterinary care and love of their owner. The shelter still isn’t sure if they are a bonded pair. Based on others the owner has surrendered, these are most likely very social cats.

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

Please take found pets to the shelter to be checked for a microchip and to see if anyone has reported that pet as lost. You can post a lost or found pet directly to the shelter Facebook page at Shelter or for wide coverage, including vet offices. Microchipping is available at the shelter for $10.

All animals adopted from the 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.