Frank, top, is a big boy who likes to cuddle and will be scratched on his back near his tail. He is a 3 to 5-year-old long-haired orange tabby. He is mellow and would be best suited for a quiet home without a lot of activity. He is neutered and $45, plus the cost of a rabies vaccination, to adopt.

Kirby, bottom, is a sweet Jack Russell mix. He likes to lay in laps and be petted. He weighs 18 pounds, is a 3 to 5-year-old and is mostly white with tricolor patches. He will be best as an indoor dog. He barks for attention when crated or kenneled away from people. He will need dental work as his top teeth bite down into his gums.

The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has more than 27 dogs and puppies, and 43 cats and kittens available. Pictures of additional pets waiting for adoption can be viewed at

The shelter will be at the Jefferson County 4-H Fair in the evenings through Friday. Dogs will be available for adoption and potted catnip will be available for a freewill donation. The Madison Courier booth is also holding a 'Cutest Pet Contest'. The proceeds will be donated to the shelter. 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

The shelter is accepting applications for foster parents, who would be willing to care for dogs and cats in their homes. Possible foster situations include pregnant and nursing animals, dogs recuperating from heartworm treatment, puppies and kittens that need to be bottle fed and special needs animals. Applications are available at the shelter.

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.

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.

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.