Ronald, top, is one of many kittens currently at the shelter. He is a shy orange tabby at the shelter with his sister Nancy. They are 6 to 8-weeks-old.

Socks, bottom, is extremely friendly and loves attention. She even likes to play with children and would be fine with other cats and even dogs in her new family. She is a 3 to 5-year-old, brown tabby with white patches. Socks is spayed and her adoption fee is $25. She will need a rabies vaccination, but it has been paid for by a sponsor.

The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter currently has more than 12 dogs and puppies, and 29 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

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.

The shelter is in need of canned kitten food, and dry bagged or canned puppy food. Paper towels, Pine-Sol, and Kong fillable toys. 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.