This lonely boy wants to be someone’s only boy

Published Mar 11, 2018 at 9:00am

Hi Winston! My name is Steve. I’ve been here at the shelter since a few days after Christmas, having been brought in as a stray. I am a 5-year-old grey/black male feline. I have a rather dominant personality so I would definitely need to be the king of my own cat castle! I really would thrive much better in a home where I am the only cat. If there’s a quiet, shy female feline in the household I may get along with her, but I do prefer my alone time.

I like being held (sometimes) but much prefer to wander around on my own. I just like to do my own thing on my own time and when I am assured that all is well in my cat-kingdom, then I am one content young man.

I don’t think I am asking for too much, do you? I hope you can help me to find the right home which will be my entire world. I thank you for your time!

Sincerely yours, Steve 

Dear Steve: Do you happen to have a middle name? You need one! How about Paul? Steven Paul, there you go! I always wondered why people don‟t give their pets middle names. Well, I suppose some do? I love your handsome profile photo, you will definitely tug at the heartstrings of everyone who is reading this right now. Readers? Are you looking for someone like Steve as a furry addition to your household? If not, do you perhaps know someone who would be? Pass the word!

Thanks! Winston 

Winston Says More

Readers, are you aware of these commuity services / programs offered by the Humane Society of Rome? Please read for further information! 

Pet Therapy 

Pet Therapy is a therapy technique that uses animals to help people. Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a shelter animal. The goal of Pet Therapy is to improve social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state. Residents at area nursing homes and DDSO homes are among those who enjoy our pet therapy visits. 

Foster Parents 

Fostering is simply nurturing a shelter pet in your home for a period of time. Fostering is usually for two weeks, but can be longer. The majority of animals fostered are litters of kittens. Kittens and sometimes puppies come to the shelter stray or abandoned and are too young and fragile to be placed in permanent homes. They need the security of their litter mates, they need special care, and they need to learn important lessons from each other. 

Just like kids, kittens and puppies learn to get along with each other by playing. They learn limits, they learn tolerance, and they learn not to hurt each other — too much! This littermate interaction is essential for the healthy development of puppies and kittens. 

Fostered litters also learn about the home environment — other cats, dogs, and kids. When they return for adoption, they are often the most outgoing, confident animals in the shelter. 

Upcoming Events

March 24 — “Pictures With The Easter Bunny” at the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cats, dogs and two-legged children welcome! Please keep dogs on a leash and cats in carriers. Only $10 per photo!

April 13 — Save the date! Win & Whiskers fund-raiser at Teugega Country Club.  

Wish List

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 humane society hours of operation.

Special requests for the wish list:

The shelter is in immediate need of Friskies or 9 Lives pate, any flavor!  

Cat Items 

  • Medium- and large-size kitten hammocks (they are found in pet stores in the ferret section) 
  • Medium covered litter boxes 
  • Small litter boxes – kitten size 
  • Small plush cat beds – kitten size 
  • Friskies or 9 Lives pate canned food 
  • Ceramic crocks for food and water – small and large 
  • 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 
  • Soft Treats – such as Bacon Strips, Pupperoni 

General Shelter Supplies 

  • Garbage bags – 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring bags 
  • Garbage bags – 39-gallon drawstring bags 
  • Bleach
  • Legal, letter, and small notepads 
  • Telephone message pads – 2-part carbonless 
  • Stamps 
  • Blank address labels
  • Manila 3-tab folders – letter size 
  • 25-gallon plastic tubs with lids 

Shelter hours:

The Humane Society of Rome animal shelter is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. The shelter is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 315-336-7070.