Pumpkin needs loving attention


Pumpkin is the featured pet of the week at Monroe County Animal Shelter.

A neutered 20-pound, 6-year-old terrier mix, he came to the shelter as a stray Nov. 14. Pumpkin is heart-worm positive, but he began treatment Jan. 6. He is a lively little guy that loves attention. Shelter personnel suspect he had a fractured hip in the past, but that doesn’t stop him.

The shelter’s 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 call 423-442-1015 to make arrangements. All adoptable pets can be seen online at www.monroe countyfriendsofanimals.org.

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 for 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 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.