COLUMN: Opie is a happy, good boy


Happy holidays everyone! My name is Opie, and I am a 3-year-old terrier/pit bull mix. I am such a good boy, I am just looking for that forever home — like all of us are at the Humane Society of Rome shelter. They sure do take good care of us here, but still we wait, wonder and dream of having our own home and family.

What are my favorite things to do? Well, depending on how cold it is outside, I love to play tag and go for long walks. The shelter staff tells me that I have extremely good leash manners so that makes me happy! I know a few commands like “sit” and “shake (with both paws)!” I am also completely housebroken. If I find someone with enough patience to train me even more, I can probably play a good hand (paw) at card games too!


Dear Winston, please work your special magic and help me find a home for the holidays and New Year! Thank you, Love, Opie

Dear Opie:

I love your photo, what a handsome young man you are! Those eyes are just filled with hope. I am rooting for you and will put in a special prayer that someone sees you and takes you home.

Good Luck! Winston.

Staffworks Save a Life Campaign

Through the generosity of the Staffworks Save a Life Campaign, donations made through GiveGab, or by check, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31, will be matched!

Please help us by making a donation: Make checks payable to Humane Society of Rome and Mail to: Humane Society of Rome, P.O. Box 4572, Rome, NY 13442-4572.

Gifts made by debit or credit card will be accepted at GiveGab (secure online giving platform for nonprofits):

Humane society website:

Humane society Facebook:

Holiday schedule

We will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and will reopen Jan. 4.

Cat and kitten care

Did you know? The Shelter will trim the nails of your kittens and cats. It’s not necessary to make an appointment, but please call ahead if you can.

The Shelter invites the public to stop down and visit our cats and kittens to see if there’s a match, but if no one speaks to your heart, we also have cats located at PetSmart in New Hartford.

Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

Wish list


Toys for large dogs


Plastic spoons

Laundry detergent (non scented for sensitive skin)

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.


AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support the Humane Society of Rome!

Every time you shop with Amazon, they donate a portion of the purchase price to our charitable organization. 

This is what you do before you begin to shop: 

1. Go to AmazonSmile ( 

2. Sign into your Amazon Account. 

3. Click on Accounts and Lists. 

4. Click on Your Account. 

5. Scroll down to Settings. 

6. Click on Change Your Charity. 

7. Type in “Humane Society of Rome” and search. 

8. Select — make sure you choose the correct humane society. 

9. Go shopping!

Cat’s Pride Litter program

We participate with Cat’s Pride Litter for Good Program — we’ve received 4,000 pounds of cat litter due to nominations from the community. This is an ongoing promotion. The more nominations, the more litter we receive.

Litter as you can imagine, is a great expense for us, so this would be a wonderful savings for our shelter. 

The public is invited to participate as follows: 

1. Go to and sign up for the free Cat’s Pride Club. 

2. Click on the “Nominate” button to help us receive litter. 

3. Enter bonus code: 4GOOD and you will double your shelter nomination. 

4. Buy a green jug of Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light – every time you do, another pound of litter is added to the total amount donated.

Also needed at the shelter

Cat Items

Clumping and non-clumping litter

Delectable Lickable Treats (Bisque Style) various flavors

Friskies Broth variety packs various flavors

Meow Mix (any size bag)

Purina Kitten Chow (any size)

Greenies Pill Pockets for cats

Scoops (small size)

Small mice, small pom poms, cat wands small paper food trays

Ceramic crocks for food and water — small and large

Cardboard Scratching pads with refills

Cat Trees, all sizes (new) or in very good condition

Dog Items

Greenies Pill Pockets for both capsules and tablets

Cesar Original Pate’ food trays

Chews, all sizes

Pork Chomps, Pig Ears

Soft Treats: Bacon Strips, Pupperoni, Canine Carry Outs, all flavors

Squeaky Dog Toys

Nylon Collars, especially for large dogs

General shelter supplies

Pet friendly Ice Melt

Drawstring garbage bags: 13 gallon tall kitchen, 39 gallon lawn/leaf

Non-foaming bleach

25 Gallon plastic tubs with lids

Laundry baskets

Large 32 gallon plastic Garbage cans with lid and wheels.

Medium non-latex gloves

Contact us

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


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