Kitten season has started and the shelter is full of kittens and adult cats to choose from.

Lola, top, is a light gray tabby. She is the most calm of her litter and the only girl. She is 8 to 10-weeks-old. She and her brothers were left in a closed plastic container outside of the shelter.

Chief Tom, bottom, is a big male tabby cat. He has lots of long orange and white fur. He is 5 to 7-years-old and came from a home with other adult cats, who are also available for adoption. However, he does not like kittens and would prefer a home without one. He is neutered, and his adoption fee is $45 plus the cost of a rabies vaccination.

The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has more than 18 dogs and puppies, and 28 cats and 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 to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. It is closed Tuesday. The shelter number is (812) 273-1788 and the email is

Volunteers are need to photograph pets at the shelter. A pet's photo is often the potential adopter's first impression, how people find lost animals and how other adoption organizations decide which animals to help. Volunteers need their own camera, photo-editing software and a computer with internet access.

Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter to help with walking dogs, playing with puppies and kittens and many other tasks. Volunteers must be 16 years old.

The shelter is in need of kitten food, dry bagged food is most often used, but soft canned food is also appreciated. A list of other 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.

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 for owners to reclaim them, 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.