Bonded brothers seeking a new home together



We are Gino and Mario — two cats who are both males, 9-months-old and have never been separated from each other. We are a bonded pair, and we would have to be adopted together. Wherever one of us goes, so does the other, two peas in a pod so to speak!

We love each other and being bonded, we sort of speak the same language. We understand each other. We have each other’s backs and are best friends as well as brothers.

Being under a year old, of course we love nothing more than to play all day long, and we get along wonderfully well with other cats. The more the merrier, we say! As far as getting along with children, we most definitely do. Those other interesting creatures, “dogs,” we pretty much like, but we would do better with a slow introduction to them if they are already living in someone’s home.

Winston, we have a lot of energy, but don’t let that change anyone’s mind, because two cats are just as easy to care for as one. Also, please let your readers know that we are currently located at Petsmart in New Hartford. Petsmart is kind enough to allow the Humane Society of Rome to place some of their available cats at the store so more people have a chance to see us!

We get a lot of visitors that’s for sure; stop by and visit us if you can!

Thanks Winston! - Love and plenty of purrs, Gino and Mario

Winston says;

Well hello boys! Everyone knows that two is better than one, especially when it comes to felines! Not to worry, we won’t allow your bond to be broken, you have my promise.

Good luck! Sincerely, Winston

Interesting facts
about bonded pairs

Cats in bonded pairs are often happier, healthier and more well-behaved than a single cat that rules the roost.

Here’s why you might want to consider getting two cats instead of one:

Bonded pairs are common in nearly all animals, and cats are no exception. In fact, you’ll often find that there are more bonded pairs of cats in homes, animal shelters and rescues than any other kind of pet.

If you’re thinking of adopting a cat or kitten, your perfect match could come with a forever friend.

Before you say no to having two cats in your household, consider some benefits to adopting the two together.

What is a Bonded Pair?

Despite their independent natures, cats are social creatures that need companionship to thrive. A bonded pair of cats have spent most, if not all, of their lives together, either being raised as kitten siblings or long-time companions. As a result, the relationship between a bonded pair usually runs deep.

Bonded relationships can run so deep it can greatly affect one or both cats’ well-being if the pair is broken up. This is why shelters and rescues work extra hard to keep the pair together, knowing that separating them could cause problems with eating, behavior and their overall health.

What makes bonded cat pairs so special?

Double the snuggles and fun, of course. But there are a few more reasons why you might consider adopting two instead of one.

Pairs are Happier

Despite their independent natures, cats are social creatures that need companionship to thrive. Left alone, a cat can develop behavioral problems, and in some cases, even show signs of depression.

Cats in bonded pairs, on the other hand, are more likely to be better adjusted. Much of this comes from how the two interact and share day-to-day activities, like eating and playing together, and finding comfort in each other.

Pairs are Healthier

Just as with humans, anxiety can cause all sorts of health problems in cats, including hair loss and heart problems. What’s more, a cat with anxiety can develop stress eating, which only makes health problems worse.

Cats that come in pairs tend to be healthier and live longer than single cats because they often get more exercise, which keeps their hearts healthy and reduces their stress. Additionally, exercise lessens the risk of having an overweight pet, and can add years to their life.

Pairs Learn from Each Other

No matter what their age, cats learn valuable life and social skills from their mother, siblings and other cats. However, these lessons may not stick in a cat that’s left alone, which could lead to behavioral problems.

In bonded pairs, cats continue this education with their built-in companion and playmate. Through hunting, socializing, playing and observation, bonded cats continually learn from each other how to behave at their best, and the consequences of their actions.

Pairs Stay Entertained

Work and social obligations can make it difficult to keep one cat entertained. And when boredom strikes, a cat can become agitated and destructive.

A two-cat household offers plenty of opportunities for cats to stay entertained by providing a good amount of social interaction and mental stimulation. Whether they’re wrestling, snuggling or exploring their surroundings, bonded cats are happier and less bored than their single-cat counterparts.

Pairs Make Happier Pet Owners

While food and vet visits can double with two cats, so do the benefits of having a bonded pair.

By sharing cat toys, litter boxes, lounge areas and beds, having a bonded pair costs roughly the same as having a single cat. Plus, since one cat will need a regular feeding and litter box cleaning schedule, adding one more won’t feel like twice the work.

Because two cats tend to live happier and healthier, there’s less chance of bad or destructive behavior, which means less damage to furniture and belongings, and happier pet owners. But the best reason of all to adopt a bonded pair: double the affection.

Volunteers needed!

We could certainly use the help of some wonderful and caring volunteers to help us do laundry, wash dishes and several other tasks!

Adoption updates

Cats: Tilly, Dory, Kylie, Nice Guy, Mia, Ashe, Bo, Vanessa, Vinnie, Mouse, Luna, Jonah, Abby, Nemo

Dogs: Jacob, Thorin

Wish list


Toys for large dogs


Plastic spoons

Laundry detergent

Cat trees, towers, perches or jungle gyms

We have updated our Amazon Wish List (ship to: 6247 Lamphear Road, Rome, NY 13440):

Ways you can help
the shelter 

Become a member


Donate (you can specify where you would like your donation to go: Medical Fund, Spay/Neuter Fund, Building Fund or General Fund) 

Also, did you know that if you love animals but cannot adopt at this time, you can still help?

Sponsor the cost of an animal while it is living at the shelter (pay the expenses for their food, care, etc.)

Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee

Sponsor an animal’s spaying or neutering fee

Stop by any time

You may stop by the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, any time we are open! Although it is helpful to our staff if you make an appointment to surrender or adopt an animal, it is not necessary.

Also you do not need an appointment to make a donation. We welcome you to stop by our shelter and look forward to seeing you.

Contact us

For information, call 315-336-7070 or go online to


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