Ruff, Ready and Merlin are the featured pets of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Ruff is a 2-year-old domestic short-haired tabby male, and Ready is a 2-year-old domestic short-haired black cat. Both came into the shelter Aug. 17 as stray cats. Although they don’t have to be adopted together, it would be great if that happened. Both Ruff and Ready are laid back and content. They would make great companions for an older person looking for gentle company. They currently live together and like each other, but as they are just go-with-the-flow cats, they will probably be fine adopted separately.

Merlin is a 2-year-old domestic short-haired male cat who was found wandering around alone on Sept. 25. He is a friendly boy. His companionable, lovable nature makes him a great fit for a home with children. He would do well with anyone that wants an adorable, sweet attention loving cat.

The shelter has reopened with regular hours of 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.

We will also be scheduling appointments for meet and greets for adoptable animals. Please call 423-442-1015 to make arrangements. All adoptable pets can be seen online at www.monroe countyfriendsof

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.

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. Those in 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.