Prince, Lilly and Natalie are the featured pets of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.
Prince is a 2-year-old, black, domestic short-haired cat with golden eyes. He is sweet but is not thrilled about having his freedom limited. He came to the shelter as a stray and the shelter thinks he was accustomed to living the outdoor life. He has perfect litter box manners and has been a gentleman during his stay but we feel he’d be happier in a home where he either had safe outdoor and indoor access, or could be the resident friendly barn/farm cat.
Lilly is a quiet and shy calico sweetheart that was brought to the shelter as a stray. She is about 1 year old and seems to have had a rough life. Lilly likes to hide until she is comfortable and does not appreciate being startled or picked up. She does enjoy being stroked. Lily is a sweetheart who will need time to adjust to a new home.
Natalie is a velvety-soft, 1-year-old, black domestic short-haired cat. She just came to the shelter from a loving foster home who took in her and her six kittens. She loves to be petted and have her chin scratched. She is a talker and demands attention. Natalie has perfect litter box manners and loves to be the center of attention.
Urgent shelter needs include laundry detergent, paper towels, bleach and 13- or 33-gallon garbage bags. Volunteers are also needed.
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 animal.shelter @monroetn.com to make arrangements. All adoptable pets can be seen online at www.monroecountyfriends ofanimals.org.
MCFA Thrift Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.
MCFA operates a monthly pet food pantry to help pet families in Monroe County.
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 http://www.spay tennessee.org 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.