Jemma may only be a 4-month-old puppy, but she already knows to walk nicely on leash and to sit on command. At the shelter, Jemma lets the staff know when she needs to go out to do her business. She is a smart girl, is very eager to please, and is a fast learner. Jemma will be everything her adopter wants in a puppy. Jemma enjoys playtime and she enjoys snuggle time. She is a friendly and outgoing 30 lbs. girl who will be a big dog when she grows up. The shelter is guessing that Jemma is a Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is mostly black with some white sprinkled strategically. Jemma’s adoption fee is $30 plus the cost of her spay and rabies vaccination.

Rain is a sweet girl with a beautiful pastel coat. She really enjoys being loved on. However, Rain does not like to be picked up or carried. So, just let her decide when it is time to snuggle. It appears Rain may have been an only pet previously and will need some time to adjust to other pets. She learned by necessity at the shelter that other pets are not so bad to have around. A home with young children is not ideal. Jemma is a 2- to 3-year-old, muted Tortoiseshell who weighs 6 lbs. She is $45 off her adoption and spay fee courtesy of the shelter and the Jefferson County Humane Society.

The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has 16 dogs or puppies, and 16 cats or kittens available. Pictures of additional pets waiting for adoption can be viewed at

Normal shelter hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Tuesday. The shelter number is (812) 273-1788 and the email is

All cats and kittens are $45 off unless they are already spay or neutered. Discount is courtesy of the Animal Shelter and the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter. Individuals must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Volunteers can help with everyday cleaning, answering phones, and exercising the pets. Contact the shelter for details.

The shelter is a registered organization with the Kroger Community Rewards program. To support the shelter, register a Kroger card at and enter FL919.

Support the shelter while walking your dog. Use the “Walk for a Dog” or “WoofTrax” app available through the App Store or Google Play. For each mile walked, a donation is made to the shelter.

A list of needed items can be found on the shelter website. Donations can be mailed to 2727 Hannah Drive, Madison, IN 47250 or dropped off during shelter hours. The shelter also accepts aluminum and steel cans, which are recycled and the proceeds put toward the medical fund. Recent donations have helped get treatment for a beagle with a skin infection and a cat with wounds. The shelter asks that aluminum and steel donations be separated. Steel cans should also be rinsed before they are dropped off. Cans can be dropped off at anytime in a bin located on the east side of the shelter.

Those with missing pets can stop by the shelter, call or email a complete description of the pet, when and where it was last seen, the owner’s name and contact information, and a picture of the pet. Pets are held for three days before they are made available for adoption.

Animals should not be abandoned outside of the shelter or dropped off at the shelter after hours.

For animal control issues in Madison, call (812) 265-3347. For animal control issues in Hanover and Jefferson County, call (812) 265-2648.