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

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 adorable shelter pets!   

Photographs were taken by local photographer Tom Varano of Varano Photography and have been professional printed.   Calendars are in limited production and 12 x 12 in size. 

Calendars  are $15 each and  all proceeds will go the Humane Society of Rome General Fund.

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

HSR in the News


Carbone Auto Group loves to take every opportunity it can to Deliver Joy to our community.   On October 11, 2016, it delivered joy to Nancy G. of Rome, the winner of the Locktoberfest 2016 Kayak Raffle.  The drawing was held as part of the Locktoberfest festivities to benefit the Humane Society of Rome, and it raised $500!

The Humane Society of Rome was selected as part of the Subaru Loves Pets initiative.  Since  more than half of Subaru drivers are pet owners, Carbone Auto Group understands how our animals bring us joy every single day.  Carbone Auto Group is pleased to donate to an essential local business that does wonders not just for furry friends but for the community as a whole.

Thank you, Carbone Auto Group!


Throughout October, AmeriCU Credit Union (Rome locations) sold PAWS to show their support for HSR animals.  

Customers of AmeriCU made a donation to the Humane Society of Rome and received a PAW where they could write in their name, their pet's name (or in memory of) or their favorite shelter pet's name! 

Thank you, AmeriCU!

Upcoming Events

December 1- 31

Wish List Drive
December 1 - 23

December 9 - 16

AmeriCU Adoption Event
12pm - 3pm 
Black River Blvd.

Pictures with Santa
December 17th 
11am - 3pm 
HSR Shelter

December 16th - 19th

December 17th
For more information and upcoming walk locations, contact the shelter.

Check out our event calendar online, HERE.

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 your event to our calendar and post it to social media. 

Ways to Help


Don't just take your dog for a walk; take your Walk for a Dog every day!  

This is a revolutionary, dog-powered fundraising tool for animal shelters. The Walk for a Dog program makes it possible to raise funds for your local animal shelter every time you take your dog for a walk.

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. 

Get the FREE App at


Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support your favorite                         
charitable organization every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as at, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. 

Start using 
Amazon Smile  today, and select the Humane Society of Rome as your designated charity !  

PAWS for a Cause

We now offer PAWS donation cards.   Donation cards allow you to contribute to the HSR by donating a monetary amount.  In return, you will receive a paw shaped card where you can write your name or your pet's 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

Donate Your Bottles and Cans

Would you like to support the shelter but don't have much free time or extra money?  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 our animals.  

If you can't make it to Green World Bottle, you can drop your returnables 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.  

Click the website:

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 them in bulk. Purina® then sends 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 .

Winston's Corner 

Greetings, Everyone!  

You may know me as 'Winston', the official mascot of the Humane Society of Rome.   I have a weekly column in the Rome Sentinel's Seven Day Sentinel Edition called 'WINSTON'S PET PERSONALS', which showcases shelter animals that are up for adoption.   My very popular column has been running since 1999 and has generated hundreds of adoptions! 

Our success story for this quarter features two of our older cats, Annie, a 12 year old, and Jessie, an 11 year old.   After a long wait, Annie was adopted on December 13th, and Jessie was adopted with her.  Together, they will be in their forever home for Christmas with their new owner, Gary. He gave them early Christmas presents by bringing new carriers and soft beds for each of them so they could be transported to their new home in comfort.  

In the photo above, Annie (R) is held by shelter worker Penny, and Jessie (L) is held by Gary.  Thank you, Gary, for providing a loving home for Annie and Jessie!!!

If you have an adoption story that you feel we should spotlight, please use the link below:

Submit a Success Story Here!
Volunteer Spotlight

HSR would like to recognize Kevin Piatt, pictured on the right, in our Volunteer Spotlight this quarter.  Kevin comes to the shelter one day a week, every week, and helps with the many tasks that need to be done.  He washes litter pans, food bowls, and litter scoops; he does laundry and sweeps the floor; and, best of all, he always brings special treats for the animals!  He stops by each kennel with treats for the dogs, and every kitty gets a bit of catnip.  Thanks for all you do, Kevin, for HSR and for the animals in our care!

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 who should be recognized in our Spotlight column, use the link below to submit a story.  

Link to Current Volunteer Opportunities

Pet Therapy  

A HSR representative has been bringing our shelter pets to local nursing homes to help improve the residents' social, emotional, and/or cognitive well-being.   

This continues to be a rewarding program for HSR, for the residents, and for our sweet shelter pets.  Pet therapy visits to area nursing homes bring a true sense of joy to all involved.  

Seniors and adults with special needs love to pet and hug the animals that we bring (whether  big or small, young or old, cat or dog), and the animals, in turn,  revel in the extra  cuddling!

Pictured here is Sonja, a three-year-old pomeranian, sitting contentedly on the lap of a St. Luke's Facility resident.  Sonja visited St. Luke's Facility on December 7th, and she brought smiles to all who met her.  

Pet therapy is a wonderful way of letting our shelter animals share their love.    

For more information, please call Helene Rudiak, Shelter Manager, at 315-337-1434 or at the main shelter number 315-336-7070.

Surgery Update

Chino's surgery for a broken leg has been completed successfully, and he is recovering nicely.  

He needs another four weeks of confined and limited use of his leg. Unfortunately, foster homes that were lined up for him have fallen through.  If anyone is able to foster Chino for the required time, please contact Helene Rudiak, Shelter Manager, at 315-337-1434 or at the main shelter number 315-336-7070.  

Chino's needs are simple.  He must be kept quiet and not be allowed on stairs or furniture.  He likes to be around people, and he will contentedly lie on his bed next to you or in any room where he feels like part of the family.  After the four-week period, he will be re-evaluated and then will be available for adoption.


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 of 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.  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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