Morris, Murphy, Gypsy and Wesley are the featured pets of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Morris and Murphy were brought in by animal control and seem to be best buddies. Both seem to have lived some of their lives outdoors but are very much loving their soft beds, canned and dry food, fresh water and air conditioning. They are designated as indoor cats now.

Morris is a 2-year-old male orange tabby. Murphy is about a 9-month-old male orange tabby.

Gypsy may be a calico/golden tabby mix of about 5 years old. She was left at a friend’s home temporarily and never picked up. She is quiet, a bit shy and confused as to what happened, but she does enjoy back rubs and ear scratches.

Wesley is a 3-year-old male orange tabby. He came to us as a stray, but he may have had an owner at one point since he had already been neutered. He is nosey, pushy for affection and very sweet.

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. New policies have been implemented based on social-distancing guidelines. Owner surrenders are by appointment only.

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

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 http://www.spay 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.

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