Shelter animals bid farewell to 2016, hope for happy 2017

Published Jan 1, 2017 at 9:00am

Happy New Year Winston! 

My name is Sadie, and I am a 5-year-old female feline who has been living at the shelter since (are you ready for this?) June! I do love it here — they treat me like a queen — but it’s not the same as having my own castle (hahaha)!

I am a gray and white tiger, sweet and affectionate but a little bit shy around new folks. I do like other cats but would probably do best in a household with no other cats. I am not exactly a lap cat, but I am very loving. I am an independent type of lady, and I would like to find a home that would appreciate me for who I am.

Did I mention that I love treats? (hint hint). I am looking forward to seeing if my profile and picture gets a good response. Please let me know, Winston.

Thank you! Love, Sadie 

Thank you Sadie!

It is lovely to hear from you — and what a wonderful photo of you! I think your personality was captured quite well indeed. Sounds to me like there is a perfect match just waiting for you — perhaps someone just as independent as you are? As the shelter staff told me, “she would be a wonderful presence in the house, but is definitely not a lap cat — but definitely good company!” What more could anyone ask for? A good friend and a great companion.

Good luck! Love, Winston 

A cat’s New Year’s resolutions! 

  • I will not drag dirty socks up from the basement in the middle of the night, deposit them on the bed and yell at the top of my lungs so that my human can admire my “kill”;
  • I will not perch on my human’s chest in the middle of the night and stare into her eyes until she wakes up;  
  • I will not play Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti over any human’s bed while they’re trying to sleep; 
  • Screaming at the can of food will not make it open itself;
  • I cannot leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again;
  • It is not a good idea to try to lap up the powdered creamer before it dissolves in boiling coffee;
  • When I am chasing my tail and catch my back leg instead, I will not bite down on my foot. This hurts, and my scream scares my human;
  • When it rains, it will be raining on all sides of the house. It is not necessary to check every door and window;
  • I will not soak my catnip toy in the water bowl to make tea;
  • A warm pepperoni pizza is not a good place for a nap;
  • I will not swat my human’s head repeatedly when she’s on the family room floor trying to do sit ups;
  • When my human is typing at the computer, her forearms are *not* a hammock;
  • Computer and TV screens do not exist to backlight my lovely tail;
  • I will not bring the city police to the front door by stepping on the speaker phone button and then the automatic 911 dial button;
  • I will not speed dial the overseas numbers; and
  • I will not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emiognaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.  

Adoption updates:

Charlee the feline who was JUST featured in my column has already found a home! Hooray and congratulations, Charlee!

Still need a gift idea? 

In addition to the Fine and the Furry Calendar featured in a recent Seven Day Sentinel cover, the Humane Society may have the an array of other gifts for those you love who may be hard to buy for, including a wide variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and lots more! Not just can you get a great gift that is perfect for an animal lover but when you buy from the Humane Society you also help its cats and dog! Local models – local photographer – to help our local shelter! Special price now only $15.

How can I help? 

Are you a member of the Humane Society of Rome? It’s easy to join -- just log onto the website 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