Humanely Speaking 
A Quarterly Newsletter where you can find Updates on Events, News and Information.

PAWS on the GREEN Golf Tournament

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out and enjoyed a day of golfing at the beautiful Teugega Country Club on August 1st. Our "Paws on the Green" fundraiser was a great success! We would not have been able to do it without the support of all who donated and sponsored us. Thank you to Teugega Country Club, Staffworks, Wells Fargo Advisors, M & L Worldwide Logistics, Access  Federal Credit Union, Carbone Auto Group, NBT, NYSCOPBA, Steve Jarvis/State Farm Insurance and the many local businesses who were hole sponsors or donated gift certificates and products for our auction. Thank you, everyone! Already looking forward to the next tournament!!!

The FINE and the FURRY 2017 Calendar

The Humane Society of Rome is selling its inaugural edition of  "The Fine and the Furry" 2017 calendar featuring local fit bods and shelter pets.   Each month features a shirtless community member either individually or in a group setting.  Photographs were taken by local photographer Tom Varano of Varano Photography.

A limited 1,500 calendars will be professionally printed and sold for $30 each.  All proceeds will go the Humane Society of Rome General Fund.

For more information and to pre-order your calendar please visit HERE!

Upcoming Events

Paws Along the Erie Canal
October 1st
12 N - 8 pm
Stop by our booth and buy a raffle ticket!

Blessing of the Animals
October 1st
Humane Society Shelter

Volunteer Informational Meeting
October 1st
10 am
Humane Society Shelter

Boscov's Gala Preview for a Cause
October 6th
10 am - 9 pm
Tickets available at the Shelter
Sangertown Square Mall

Tails on the Trails
October 29th
November 26th
December 17th
For more information and upcoming walk locations, contact the shelter.

PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
November 12 - 13
12 N - 3 pm
PetSmart Consumer Square New Hartford

Pictures with Mrs. Claus
November 19th
10 am - 3 pm
The Photo Shoppe, Rome
Bring a Wish List Item

Applebee's Dining to Donate
November 23rd
11am - Close
Applebee's Rome, NY

If you are interested in organizing and hosting your own event to benefit the Humane Society of Rome, please contact  Check our list of event ideas. Remember to let us know the details so that we may add to our calendar and post to social media. 

There's nothing like the crisp, cool air and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming a break from summer's hot, sticky weather. But fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, there are important safety issues to consider.   Below are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy during the autumn months.

Be Cautious of Rodenticides and Cold Weather Poisons
The use of rat and mouse poisons increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets and, if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, please do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.

Keep School Supplies Out of Paws' Reach
Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are considered low toxicity to pets, gastrointestinal upset and blockages can occur if ingested. Be sure your children keep their school supplies out of your pet's reach.

Steer Clear of Mushrooms
Fall and spring are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Since most toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from nontoxic ones, the best way to prevent pets from ingesting these poisonous plants is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

Watch Out for Wildlife
Autumn is the season when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to those unlucky pets who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet parents should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in their environment--and where those snakes are most likely to be found-so pets can be kept out of those areas.

Winston's Corner 

Greetings Everyone, you may know me as 'WINSTON', the official mascot of the Humane Society of Rome.  I also have a weekly column in the Rome Sentinel Seven Day Sentinel Edition, 'WINSTON'S PET PERSONALS', showcasing shelter animals up for adoption.  This very popular column has been running since 1999 and has generated hundreds of adoptions.  Every quarter in our newsletter, I will be bringing you shelter success stories.   This quarter's success story is about Madonna - her story is below.

Madonna came to the shelter on 12/26/2014.  She was an owner surrender, due to landlord issues.  She was here at the shelter almost two years.  Madonna was a free spirited cat, who enjoyed her independence.
 She liked to be petted, but let you know when she had had quite enough.  She enjoyed being the only cat in the household. She also wasn't overly affectionate, but yet, she had her own unique personality and would let people know if she liked them.  She was just waiting for the right person or persons to come along.  She would know it, and they would know it.  Finally, that day came on 8/16/2016 when her forever home family walked through the door.  To the Hendersons, it was love at first sight and to Madonna, well being Madonna, it took a couple of looks but she warmed up and took treats from each family member.  It was unanimous:  Madonna was going home!  We wish Madonna and her new family a long and happy life together.  
If you have an adoption story that you feel we should spotlight, please use the link below.

Submit a Success Story Here!
Ways to Help

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Don't just take your dog for a walk. Take your Walk for a Dog every day.  Every Walk for a Dog counts, whether it's a walk around the block or a three-mile hike.  The more people actively walking with the app engaged, the greater the donation to HSR. 

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PAWS for a Cause
We now offer PAWS donation cards.   Donation cards allow you to contribute to the HSR by donating a monetary amount and in return you receive a paw shaped card where you can write your name or your pets name. Your card is then hung in the place of business where it was purchased.  When you donate, the HSR gets 100% of your donation.  If you or your business is interested in selling these cards as a fundraiser, please contact

Upcoming PAW Locations:   


Donate Your Bottles and Cans
Would you like to support the shelter but do not have much free time or extra money?  Then how about donating your bottles and cans?   Drop them off at Green World Bottle and Can Return Center, 1318 Erie Blvd. W, Rome, and ask to have the donation added to the Humane Society of Rome account.  This is an easy way to help the animals.  If you can't make it to Green World Bottle, you can drop them off at the shelter.  

Pet Rescue Rx
"A pets before profits pharmacy".  Saving you money on pet medications and helping to save the lives of millions of homeless pets across the country!   ALL PROFITS are donated to the shelter or rescue selected by our customers.

Purina Points Weight Circles
Help us earn points when you purchase Purina® brand products, and collect weight circles.
Simply cut and save the circles from  participating Purina® brand Dog Foods you have purchased and bring them to the shelter.  We save the weight circles and submit in bulk.  Purina® will send us a check towards the future purchase of dog food.  This saves the shelter the large expense of feeding our shelter dogs. Every bit helps.

Buy a Bed
We use Kuranda® Dog and Cat Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean.  To donate a bed today please click here.

HSR in the News

Canine Carnival
HSR participated in Syracuse's Canine Carnival held in Jamesville State Park on August 13th. This event was manned by our wonderful volunteers and was a great success. Four dogs were brought to the event in shifts, and pre-adoption applications were filled out on them. Thanks, Volunteers!

Bailey's Karate 
A great big thank you to Bailey's Karate for doing a fundraiser that resulted in HSR receiving a $500 donation. Many thanks to all who participated in the fundraising event.

Honor America Days
The awards just keep coming in for HSR. We participated in the Honor America Day Parade held on July 30th and placed 2nd in the Ronald A. Swiney Best in Parade Organization Category! Our float celebrated the Fort with a replica and a cannon that shot a sign stating "woof". Our staff was dressed in colonial hats and carried muskets. You can find our picture on our Facebook page.

Pet Photo Contest Results
The 2016 Daily Sentinel Annual Pet Photo Contest was a complete success. There were hundreds of entries and thousands of votes.  The photos were adorable and very creative.  A portion of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Rome, and this year the Rome Daily Sentinel presented a check for over $3000.  Thank you, Rome Daily Sentinel and all that entered and voted!

Thank You UTCAS! 
A huge thank you to  UTC Aerospace Systems of Rome!  Through a $2,000 c ompany grant they, along with their  wonderful employees, came out and spent several hours sprucing up the  Humane Society of Rome shelter. The hard-working, 13-person crew demolished our aging "puppy corral" and built our dogs a brand new one. Way to go, team!  We would also like to thank Lowe's of Rome and Taylor Rental in Rome for the donation of necessary items needed to
complete this much needed  project.  Thank you!

The people in the picture from left to right: Craig Matzek, Kaitlyn Valenti, Matt Galuska, Mike Chambers, Sara Tuthill (Humane Society), Helene Rudiak (Humane Society) Ben Morczek, Dan Sweet, Dan Crofoot, Cassandra Fusco, Justin Hawthorne, Crystal Marceau and Joshua Strickland.  The two people missing from the team photo that also participated were Ella Rivera & Sam Barres.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Tony Spatto, one of our newest volunteers. Tony has been coming to the shelter every Saturday and helping with the laundry, dog and cat dishes, cleaning and feeding. Tony has also rounded up volunteers to help with off-site events to help promote the shelter. Tony, as well as all our volunteers, are always ready and willing to help HSR wherever needed. Watch for our 4th Quarter newsletter which will feature another wonderful HSR volunteer! Thanks to all our volunteers. Your services are appreciated more than you know.

Interested in volunteering with HSR? Our volunteers help make the world a more humane place for our shelter animals and improve the lives of many.   We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist in a variety of capacities, and volunteering only takes a few hours a week.  For more information, call 315-336-7070 or click the link below.

If you know a volunteer that should be recognized in our SPOTLIGHT column, use the link below to submit a story.  

Link to Current Volunteer Opportunities

Pet Therapy  

What is Pet Therapy? A HSR representative travels to local nursing home facilities and bring shelter pets for visitation to help improve a resident's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.  For more information, call the Shelter Manager at 315-337-1434.

Surgery Updates

Thanks to all the donors who contributed to our Medical Fund for Sheila the Dog (cherry eye) and Ralph the Cat (dental procedures). Both surgeries have been performed, and both Ralph and Sheila have already found their forever home. 

Adopt Today

Interested in adopting a cat or dog? All potential adopters must first fill out an application.  You can submit your application to us by email, fax, mail, online, or you can always come down to the shelter to fill out a form. Potential adopters are required to interact with the animal you are interested in adopting prior to adoption.  If you are already a current pet owner, be sure to let our staff know, as a meet and greet is required prior to adoption.  


Some of you may not know that the Humane Society of Rome offers many items for purchase.  Whether you are looking for dog or cat food, collars or even clothing...we have that! Many if not all of our items are less expensive than big chain stores and all the proceeds go directly back to our shelter.  Buying from the HSR is a win win for everyone.

We are Science Diet Approved Vendor.

Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money, and supplies.   Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs.   Items can be dropped off during the HSR  Hours of Operation . You can find directions to the shelter on our  website or by calling our shelter at 315-336-7070 .  Remember, even used items can help our animals.  If you have a question about a project or wish list item, please contact the shelter directly. Remember, all donations are tax deductible!
Cat Items
Medium covered litter boxes
Small plush cat beds
Scoopable litter*
Toys (especially toys that make noise and small mice)
Dogs Items
Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs
Toys - variety
Grain Free treats
Raw Hide treats - all sizes
General Shelter Supplies
Garbage bags* - 13 gallon tall kitchen DRAWSTRING bags
Garbage bags* - 39 gallon lawn/leaf DRAWSTRING bags
Copy paper
Legal, letter, and small notepads
Post It notes
Telephone message pads - 2 part carbonless
AA, AAA batteries
Blank address labels - 1 X 2 5/8 and 2 X 4
Manilla 3 tab folders - letter size
2 locking file cabinets (4 Drawer)

Seasonal Items
Weed Eater - gasoline powered
Lawn mower and/or riding mower in good condition
Snow shovels
Pet friendly Ice Melt pellets
Always Welcome
Gift Certificates or Gift cards to area merchants to purchase supplies as needed.
*We can never have enough of these items.

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