This holiday season, the Humane Society of Rome wants local residents to consider giving a gift that could potentially save an animal’s life.
By donating to a local animal rescue organization, including the Rome shelter at 6247 Lamphear Road, that gift can be matched dollar-for-dollar, said Katie Eastman, who is coordinating the fundraising campaign for the Humane Society.
The Staffworks “Save A Life” Campaign will match gifts made between Dec. 1-31 to any rescue organization located in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Otsego, Broome or Onondaga counties that does not receive public support.
The “Save A Life” Campaign is funded through the Staffworks Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, which was created by Staffworks founder and owner, Anita Vitullo, out of her love for animals and her belief in their right to life.
“Anita’s generosity and passion for saving animals’ lives is truly remarkable. Her innovative approach to philanthropy and support of programs like the Staffworks ‘Save A Life’ Campaign are an inspiration, encouraging others in our community to give to causes they believe in,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.
The Humane Society of Rome has been serving the Mohawk Valley region since 1956. The society provides shelter, food and loving care to cats and dogs while they wait for their “forever home.” Eastman said. In 2016, the Humane Society of Rome adopted out 589 cats and 185 dogs. Eastman said the organization is excited to announce some blessings that have came their way this holiday season.
“I am finding that the Rome community is eager to help the Humane Society of Rome and we are very grateful,” she said. “We are truly fortunate to have the generosity of Anita Vitullo and the support of The Community Foundation.”
Through the generosity of the Staffworks “Save A Life” Campaign, every monetary gift made to the Humane Society of Rome between Dec. 1-31, by way of The Community Foundation, will be matched. To double their monetary gifts, residents may send checks payable to The Community Foundation.
The Humane Society of Rome has also started its yearly Dining For Dogs events.
“This monthly fundraiser has been a very successful and enjoyable event which attracts many who enjoy a good meal and want to help the shelter animals,” Eastman said.
Each month the Humane Society partners with a local restaurant that donates 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds. The next Dining for the Dogs will take place at Outback Steakhouse in New Hartford from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Registrations are booking up fast, and Eastman advised area animal supporters to keep an eye on their website to view the updated dining schedule.
All of the money collected from the upcoming events will support the general operations of the shelter — everything from supporting programs to providing food and medical care to animals.
Other upcoming events at the Shelter:
• Saturday, Dec. 2 — Annual Open House and Pictures with Santa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road. Area residents are invited to bring their pets and children, and take a family portrait with Santa.
Cost is $10 for a regular frame, and refreshments will be served. Tours of the shelter to visit with the dogs and cats up for adoption will also be available. This year, special guest Bernie Hurlbut will attend the open house and offer free drawings of animals to the children attending.
• Thursday, Dec. 7 — Dining for the Dogs at The Outback Steakhouse in New Hartford.
• Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Empire Plate will present its Chili Cook-off at The Rome Polish Home from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will support the Rome Polish Home and the Rome Humane Society’s Medical Fund Account to help animals with surgeries, medicines and any other expenses.