Meet Buster, this week’s Pet of the Week from the Monroe County Animal Shelter. Buster is an adorable, 2-year-old mixed breed, medium-size dog, who weighs about 30 pounds. He has the wiry coat of a terrier, big floppy ears like a corgi, soulful brown labrador retriever eyes, and a constantly wagging tail. He is energetic, friendly with everyone, and not animal aggressive. Buster would do best in a home with older children who match his energy level, and can run and play with him. He is looking forward to becoming part of a family.

Please remember their true purr-sonality may not show through immediately in the shelter environment. Their kennel is now their safe place, and some struggle a bit when removed from it. This does not mean they are not sweet and loving dogs. It means they are uncomfortable or scared. Take the time to meet each dog. Pet them while they are still in their kennel and let them get used to you for a few moments before you take him/her for a walk around the shelter. Once you get them home and they feel secure all will be well. All animals adopted are spayed or neutered, have age appropriate vaccinations and testing, and are microchipped (with registration).

Would you consider becoming a foster for puppies, kittens and adult dogs and cats? Some just need a break from shelter life, some are awaiting their turn on a rescue transport, and some just need some love. If you feel that you cannot adopt at this time, think about a short or long-term foster situation. Call the shelter to find out more information. It is a rewarding experience for everyone involved!

The Monroe County Animal Shelter operates a monthly food pantry. Supplies are low and we are reaching out to the community to help. Any donations of canned/dry puppy, dog, kitten and cat food are needed and will be appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the Shelter, or at Food City in Vonore. A donation barrel is located by the customer service desk, and donations can be placed in the barrel.

The MCFA Thrift Store has tons of new clothing and household goods waiting for you! New merchandise arrives daily and is priced to move. Come see us at our new location, 3949 Highway 411 in Madisonville. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Donations are greatly appreciated and are accepted Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Monroe County. Worker volunteers are always in demand. For up to date sale information call 423-420-3423.

Shelter statistics for last week were one transferred to rescue, seven adoptions, three animals returned to owners, and 26 intakes.

Come and see Buster and his furry friends at the Shelter, located at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville (behind Walmart) from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 423-442-1015 for more information. Check out available pets at

Adoption gift certificates are available all year.

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