Celebrate furry friends during Be Kind to Animals Week


 Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated each year during the first week in May. It is a great opportunity to celebrate our love of animals and remember the importance of kindness, compassion and empathy for our furry, feathered and finned friends.

Being kind to animals includes taking good care of your own pets and also treating your neighbor’s pets and local wildlife humanely. In 1915 the American Humane Association created Be Kind to Animals Week to encourage humanity towards animals.

Be Kind to Animals Week has been deemed the compassion movement by animal enthusiasts globally. 

Meet Joel

Greetings Winston!

My name is Joel, and I am a 1-year-old gray and black male feline living at the shelter since early April. I was brought in as a stray. My nickhame is “Joely Oley.” I am super sweet, lovable and enjoy being cuddled. I give huge, warm and full hugs with my paws wrapped around the necks of the shelter staff. Everyone looks forward to my hugs!

I do have to be on a special diet for my sensitive tummy but other than that, purring, cuddling, having fun and getting along with other cats and dogs is where I am at.

I would make a wonderful addition to any home.

Please Winston send your readers down to the shelter TODAY to visit with me and see if I am a purr-fect fit. Thank you! 

Sincerely, Joel

Cat adoptions: 

Beau; Lolly; Mason; Zoey; Mr. Cooper; Cleo; Myra; Prissy; Mila; Cole and Oliver.  

Dog adoptions: 

Slater; Ayla; Branson; Retta; Whittaker and Cruz.

Special requests

Batteries (AA, AAA, 9V) 

Postage stamps 

Blank address labels (smaller size) 


Soft dog treats — Pupperoni, bacon strips 

Dog treats (small that fit inside dog Kongs) 

Cat combs, brushes 

Cat litter scoops 

Cat litter 

Kitten litter (small non-clumping) 

Cat toys (Any); and  

Small paper food trays

Upcoming events: 

May 17-19 – Scrap Metal Drive at the Shelter, Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rubicon will provide us with a container – anything metal is acceptable.  

Aug. 5 – Paws on the Green Golf Tournament at Teugega Country Club.

Dining for the Dogs
(and Cats!) 

May 7, DeSalvo’s, 413 N James St, 315-533-6857, 4-8 p.m. 

Aug. 20 – Texas Roadhouse (time to be announced)

Donations appreciated

When you make a donation to the Shelter, you can be assured that it is earmarked for exactly what you wish, whether it’s for the Medical Fund, Spay-Neuter Fund, Building Fund, or General Fund. We appreciate everything you do for us, as we are not-for-profit and the expenses are oftentimes monumental. The day to day costs of running a shelter is something that must be met. The cats and dogs must be fed, must have heat, must have medicine, must have staff to care for them. We are in great need of general donations at this time, more than ever. Thank you as always for thinking of us. 

We also offer a
sponsorship program.: 

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

Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee 

Sponsor an animal’s spaying or neutering fee.

To become a member: go online to www.humanesocietyrome.com and click on the ‘how can I help’ link and look for “membership.” 

The Humane Society Shelter is grateful for those who take the time to care and to share — from the monetary donations to the countless donations requested on our wish list — it all makes a big difference to our animals.

Find a furry friend

Don’t forget to visit PetSmart on Commercial Drive in New Hartford to see more of our beautiful felines up for adoption.

If you stop into the Shelter and don’t find that “purrrfect” match, be sure to PetSmart to find your forever friend! 

Shelter hours

The Humane Society of Rome animal shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

For more information, call 315-336-7070.


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