Holly and Dotty — Displaced but not dismayed!

Published Jan 8, 2017 at 9:00am

“The road goes ever on and on” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit 

Hi there Winston:

We are Holly and Dotty – two felines who have lived together for many years but were brought to the shelter recently because of our owner”s living situation.

We do not have to be adopted together (it would be wonderful if that were to happen but we don’t expect that to be the case).

I am Holly and will “speak” for both of us.

I am 7-years-young, a female and Dotty is 13. We were brought into the shelter just before the holidays. Our owner(s) loved us very much but the ups and downs of LIFE changes everyone”s plans and that is certainly the case with us.

We had to leave our home and are hopeful that someone will take us (one or both) so that we can start our lives over again.

We are both incredibly sweet and loving cats. We have positive spirits and know that we will live long and happy lives with that special someone who chooses one or both of us.

I (Holly) can currently be found at PetsMart and Dotty is at the Shelter.

Thank you so much, Holly and Dotty 

Dear Holly & Dotty:

Thank you for writing. Yes, due to circumstances beyond your control, you ended up in the shelter but it”s obvious that those who cared for you wanted the best for you.

You are both in good hands until that day when you meet your match. Better sooner than later of course!

Good luck to both of you (may the New Year treat you well!) Love, Winston 

Winston says: 

Each year, between 6-8 million animals end up in animal shelters in the United States. Why do they end up there?

The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) researchers went into 12 selected animal shelters in the United States and the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) published their findings for the top 10 reasons that people say that they are surrendering an animal. Keep in mind that this is only based on those animals that were surrendered by their owner. Many animals that end up at the shelter are picked up  by animal control or found by a stranger and cannot say why their owner abandoned them. 

  • Moving 
  • Landlord does not allow pet 
  • Too many animals in household 
  • Cost of pet maintenance 
  • Owner having personal problems / Illness / Death 
  • Inadequate facilities 
  • No homes available for litter mates 
  • Having no time for pet 
  • Pet illness 
  • Allergies in the family 
  • House soiling Incompatibility with other pets

Adoption updates:

Cats: Cappachine and Gordito (adopted together), Chestnut, Grayson and Grayce (together), Vixen and Prancer (also adopted together!)….

Dogs: Pumba and Elvis. Congratulations to all! 

How can I help? 

Are you a member of the Humane Society of Rome? It’s easy to join -- just log onto the website www.humanesocietyrome.com and click on the “how can I hel” link and look for “MEMBERSHIP.” 

If you have an hour or more time a week to spare, please consider becoming a volunteer.

You can also find information on how to become a volunteer on the society’s website.

Donation wish list:

Cat Items: 

  • Medium covered cat litter boxes; 
  • Small plush cat beds;  
  • Scoopable kitty litter; and  
  • Cat toys (especially cat toys that make noise and small tiny mice).  

Dog Items: 

  • Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs;
  • Dog treats – variety; 
  • Grain-free dog treats; and  
  • Rawhide treats (all sizes).

General shelter supplies: 

  • 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring garbage bags; 
  • 39-gallon lawn/leaf drawstring bags; 
  • Bleach;  
  • Copy paper;
  • Legal, letter and small notepads; 
  • Post-It Note; 
  • Telephone message pads (2 part carbonless); 
  • AA and AAA batteries; 
  • Stamps; 
  • Blank labels (1 x 2 5/8 inches) and (2 x 4 inches); and  
  • Manila three-tab folders (letter size). 

Seasonal Items: 

  • Weed Eater – gas powered;
  • Lawn Mower and/or riding mower in good condition;
  • Snow shovels; and  
  • Pet-friendly ice melt pellets.  

Always Welcome: 

  • Gift Certificates or gift cards to area merchants to purchase supplies as needed. 

Shelter hours:

The Humane Society of Rome Shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, is open for people to come and find forever friends and new members of the family from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The shelter is closed on Monday.

For information about the animals, the shelter or the society, call 336-7070 or go online to www.humanesocietyrome.com.