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"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
– Thomas Jefferson

Success Stories 2020

Working since 2005 with second chance pals, we would like to thank each of our small group of dedicated fosterers and supporters, who have given their heartfelt love, time and financial support so this program can go forward. To see heartwarming success stories for our previous years ... go to:

Adult spayed/neutered pets are continuing to be highly desirable, many times valued for their stable, mature-loving and quiet ways, filled with comfort, patience, grace and loyalty.

At this time, our goal of calling attention to the plight of adult animals in our shelter is being realized. As Pets for Patriots comes on board, our own Rolling Rescue and additional rescue sources, we are heartened that older companion animals are becoming more valued and are being adopted. Since there are now
a variety of ways that second chance pals will be finding their forever homes, we reserve success stories from here on out for those animals who are either scp specific or have unusual or difficult adoption stories we can highlight. The photos do not include all adult animals rescued . . .

Please keep our adult shelter animals in mind when adding to your household members!

Updated 04/22/2020:

go to the Available Foster Pets page

2020 Adopted List ... Click on the pet's name to see their story.  

01/24, Scrappy, Cat
03/02, Lana, Chihuahua
04/13, Snowball, Maltese
12/21, Allie & Delilah, Cats
01/24, Oreo, Shih Tzu
03/18, Riley, Yorkie
04/21, Shaggy, Lhasa Apso
03/02, Emily, Chihuahua
04/09, Patches, JRT
04/21, Charlie, Cat


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12/21/20: These two beauties have been adopted together; wonderful as they've lived together their entire lives. They are doing great in their forever home and are happy and warm/safe indoors - our wish for every pet.


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04/21/20: Shaggy has been accepted into rescue.

03/24/20: Shaggy had her dental today and all went well. She had 13 teeth pulled but is doing great! Bloodwork all good.

03/19/20: Shaggy came from a rough situation, but all is well now. She needs a dental, has some skin issues (most likely flea allergies) & some ear issues, & dry eye. Most of this can be cleared up with proper care. I gave her a medicated bath today & we’ve started her on meds & ordered eye meds for her. Shaggy has a foster home.

If you are interested in Shaggy you can get more information about her by calling the Monroe County Animal Shelter at 423-442-1015, email or follow her updates here.


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04/21/20: Charlie has been accepted into rescue.

11/13/19: Charlie is a 10 year old spayed female looking for a loving companion to spend her retirement years with. She recently had her blood work done with a good healthy report. She is scheduled for a dental in a couple of weeks. One thing she knows is that she does have at least one bad tooth that the veterinarian will take care of during that dental. Charlie is settling into her foster home as well as can be expected after losing her owner. There is quite an adjustment to be made.

She sleeps with her foster mom every night so she definitely is a cuddle bug! She is front-declawed so indoors is a must for her--ALWAYS.

If you are interested in Charlie please call the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Madisonville, Tennessee @ 423-442-1015 to schedule a meeting.


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04/13/20: Snowball was adopted today by the neighbor of her foster ... she's in love with Snowball!

03/13/20: Here is Snowball post surgery and she acts like nothing ever happened!

She's so funny! She is doing well. She went to her new foster this afternoon. I picked her up and the vet said she did great. Her incision is still doing some draining, so I put a recovery suit on her. That's what she's wearing in the pix. She has some antibiotics and pain meds and will go back in 10 days for suture removal. Then in 4 weeks will go and he'll take a look at the other tumors and see what the next step will be. The one he took off was a very small tumor inside of a huge mass of liquid hormone type stuff, so he said after having that removed, the other masses may not need to be removed. But we'll see.

03/02/20: Snowball's surgery is scheduled for 3/12.

02/14/20: Snowball is an 11 year old Maltese mix and the newest member of SCP. She has a huge mammory tumor that needs to be removed and checked out today.

Snowball had blood work which the vet said looked exceptionally good! She had xrays which also looked good. She is a cadidate to have that huge mammory tumor removed. It doesn't look malignant. It will be a pretty long incision as they will remove the whole one side and spay her at the same time. She will recover for 6-8 weeks and then have one more surgery to remove some smaller areas. He said she can live a great life afterwards.

She is in a foster home, is housebroken and pee pad trained and gets along with other dogs, is fine with cats and actually has great energy. Snowball is an owner surrender because her family was moving and they were going to have her euthanized!

If you are interested in Snowball you can get more information about her by calling the Monroe County Animal Shelter at 423-442-1015, email or follow her updates here.


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04/09/20: Patches has been adopted!

03/2/20: Patches does not appear to have any serious health issues except yucky teeth and hazy eyes (cataracts maybe). She's heartworm negative and already spayed. She is still peppy. Patches has a foster home lined up that may be interested in adopting her.

If you are interested in Patches you can get more information about her by calling the Monroe County Animal Shelter at 423-442-1015, email or follow her updates here.


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03/17/20: Riley went to United Yorkie Rescue last night! He is safe and sound with them and they already adore him.

03/11/20: Riley is our newest SCP member. He could be as old as 10. Has either cataracts or ulcers and horrible teeth which is why I'm not quite sure of his age. He was matted and I have cut some of the hanging hair off but he is going to the groomers tomorrow. He weighs 8.9 pounds and was brought in by Sweetwater Animal Control after being picked up as a stray. He is sweet and was scared of course. He is heartworm negative, thank goodness. I will probably bring him home once he is groomed and my other 2 fosters leave!


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03/02/20: Lana's dental is scheduled ... as soon as it's completed, her foster home will be adopting her.

01/24/20: Lana is a 10 year old Chihuahua mix and is spayed and sweet but nervous. She's in a foster home and will be available once she has a dental.

If you are interested in Lana you find out more information about her by calling the by calling the Monroe County Animal Shelter at 423-442-1015, email or follow her updates at



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01/25/20: Emily is 10 years old, in foster with Jan. Has an appointment on Wednesday at MCAH for spay, etc. has a potential adopter.

If you are interested in Emily you find out more information about her by calling the Monroe County Animal Shelter at 423-442-1015, email or follow her updates at



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01/24/20: Scrappy has been adopted.

11/19/19: Have you ever tried to take a clear picture of a whirling dervish? Let me tell you, it's not easy! Such is the case in trying to take pictures of Scrappy….He is a very busy boy and does not want to take time out of his busy schedule for a photo shoot. This kitten (approximate date of birth 6/28/2019) is a charmer and a very active boy who does not have an off button on his purr motor. He is a gorgeous, swirling pattern, gray tabby. This is one of the first things people notice about him-the other is his wonderful, charming purrsonality. As he is getting older his hair seems to be getting a bit longer than a regular short hair, he may end up with tufts like a medium hair. He is now about 4 months old and is looking for his new special home.

Scrappy was surrendered to the shelter with 6 other kittens 8/10/19 and was in a foster home 2 days later. We were told that the 7 were from 2 different litters. A day or 2 after intake his eyes were red and he was started on an eye ointment. That didn't fix the issue and the vet diagnosed a "herpes type virus" issue in his eyes and prescribed another medication-eye drops.

NOTHING stops this whirlwind kitten - he didn't like his eye drops but he accepted the application. Thanks to SECOND CHANCE PALS,, Scrappy was able to see the eye specialist at UT. (and he purred NON-stop for the entire exam - even while his temperature was being taken!) He doesn't appear to have vision loss and his long term prognosis is excellent. He has a mild case of Symblepharon. Most cats have the herpes virus in them….how active it is, is the key. Herpes is an immunity issue. Stress may bring on red or itchy eyes and he will need a vet (regular vet) visit and eye drops again for a short period of time. It may occur 3 weeks from now or it may not be seen again for 10 years, this is the unknown. He is on a non-prescription Lysine treat to help boost his immunity system - he loves his treat.

Scrappy needs a stable/low stress environment in his new home. As an active guy, he would do best in a home with cat friendly dogs or other cats - he needs to play! His favorite toy is a wand toy. As active as this boy is, he is just as much of a cuddler - he loves to be held everyone! It was discovered in the waiting area at UT that he had no issues meeting dogs and these particular dogs were cat friendly. BONUS! He was named Scrappy because he was constantly urging his littermates to play harder….This guy would do GREAT with a cat friendly dog using the gradual, monitored introduction method. From our website: Pets, Helpful Hints, New Cat in the Home, Bringing Your New Cat Home -

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 1 year old and $60 under 1 year old.

The Monroe County Animal Shelter is located at 170 Kefauver Lane in Madisonville (behind Wal-Mart) and is open Tuesday-Friday from 11-4:30 and Saturdays from 11-2. Call 423-442-1015 for more information and check out all available pets on our website. The official Facebook page is "TN Monroe County Animal Shelter." Adoption Gift Certificates are available all year.


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10/16/19 - A friend from Friendsville Animal Center donated the "Muffins Halo" for Oreo


01/24/20: Scrappy has been adopted by his foster family.

10/24/19: Oreo has 30 days of observation and his foster is adopting him.

8/23/19: Oreo came into rescue today as his owners are moving. He's very sweet and still needs a foster home. Oreo is blind, so will need a little extra care ... we'll add more about him as we get to know him better.

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