Pet of the week

Inky, Milo and Winkie

Winkie and Whoopie (5-month-old Orange Tabby brothers) came in as strays and were brought to us in a trap. We originally thought they would both be better as barn types but Winkie has decided that humans are kind of useful. He is a bit shy and will give a small hiss when his condo is approached but soon becomes curious.

He likes to be softly stroked and goes bonkers for feathers and toys. Best in a home with patient humans who grasp that he is a work in progress and will be well worth the wait.

Milo (DSH 1-year-old) is quite the character. He was surrendered by his owner because he will not stay in the house and wants to roam the neighborhood (neutered and chipped). He can be trained to be an indoor (safe at home) guy.

He is incredibly sweet and affectionate but does not appreciate restraint or being picked up and held for any length of time. As such we recommend a home without young children. Milo likes to play and is quite insistent that you pay him the homage he deserves.

Inky (DSH 5 months old) is our resident Houdini! Sweet as molasses but a stinker for managing to escape his condo! Playful, inquisitive and affectionate, not to mention smart as a whip! Domestic cats are a social species. Yes, you can have cats that are buddies because they really like each other and not because they have to be. Kittens crave playmates and they especially bond with their littermates.

But even if you adopt kittens from separate litters, they will likely become instant besties. For most kittens, the way they learn social skills is by interacting and playing with each other.

Please remember their true purrsonality may not show through immediately in the shelter environment. Their condo is now their “safe place” and some struggle a bit when removed from it.

That does not mean they aren’t sweet, loving lap cats. It means they are uncomfortable or scared. Take the time to meet each cat.

There is great information on how to introduce animals into a new home at www.monroecountyfriend under Pets/Helpful Hints. Check it out — there are many more “Helpful Hints” for pet caregivers provided there.

All pet animals adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered, wormed, have age appropriate vaccinations and testing and are microchipped with registration. Cats are litter box trained. The adoption fees are $50 over one year old and $60 under one year old.

Shelter Statistics for last week: Intakes — 36; Shelter adoptions — 8; Transferred to rescue — 29 and two pets returned to their owners.

The Monroe County Animal Shelter is located at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville (behind Walmart) and is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email animal.shelter@mon or call 423-442-1015 for more information about any pet posted.

Check out all available pets on the website at The official Facebook page is “TN Monroe County Animal Shelter.” Adoption Gift Certificates are available all year.

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