Rescued Rosa has a story of survival


My Dearest Winston:

I am Rosa. My introduction will be somewhat sad, as mine is a story of survival. I am a 5-year-old female Terrier, American Pit Bull Mix. Animal control rescued me from a home where I was neglected, and they brought me to the safely of the shelter. I had a chain link for a collar that was wrapped around my neck for many years. It was stainless steel and it had started to rust and oxidize. Not only was it extremely uncomfortable but after such a long time, it left my poor neck filthy.

The very first thing that the wonderful shelter staff did was to cut the chain link off me. I can’t even begin to tell you all how incredible that felt after such a long, long time. I just don’t understand how my previous owners could have ignored my sad situation. Day after day, with the chain wrapped around my neck, I would try to think positive. Things will get better....month after month and year after year… Thank goodness I was rescued, and I can now start a new life!

I will be honest and say that it took me time to get adjusted to my new surroundings. I had to learn to trust again. I had to learn that not all humans were inhumane. The shelter staff has been absolutely wonderful, working with me and helping me become acclimated to my new ‘temporary’ home. I’m learning to have fun again and am slowly starting to come out of my shell.

I am very active and love to play! I especially like to play tug of war and chase tennis balls. I don’t actually catch or bring back the balls, but I sure do love to chase them! Oh well, chasing them is the fun part! I would like to be adopted into a home with no other pets or young children. I think part of the reason I would like to be alone in a new home is that the ‘home’ I was rescued from had other dogs – and too many bad memories, I suppose.

Hopefully, I will be on to better things. Winston, I truly am a very sweet dog and just needs some extra TLC. I need it very badly. Thank you for your time, I appreciate it.

- Love, Rosa

Dear Rosa:

My heart goes out to you. I can’t even begin to imagine living with a chain link as a ‘collar’ around your neck like that. My friend, you are a true survivor. I wish you all of the luck in the world and hope you find your happiness. Readers! The story of Rosa is definitely a wake up call. Everyone gets so busy in their everyday lives that they don’t always take the time to pay attention to what is going on around them, but please if you see of or hear of any animal being mistreated or not being cared for properly, call the ASPCA Cruelty Investigator at 315-454-3469. You can also call the Shelter 315-336-7070. Make that call and save a life. It’s the very least you can do. Thank you!

Sincerely, Winston

Adoption updates:

Cats: Kiwi, Daisy, Midnight, Harriet (kitten), Charlotte, Missy, Harriet (adult), Daisy, Phoebe, Max, Tesla, Bobby and Anabelle;

Dog: Julian.

Wish list


New, industrial strength vacuum cleaner

Purina Kitten Chow

3 Tier cat cage

Digital Baby scale


Miracle Nipple

Cat trees, towers, perches or jungle gyms. (They need stimulation and socialization and these items do the trick. We let them out of their cages on a daily basis and boredom is one of the greatest obstacles they face.)

We have updated our Amazon Wish List just in time for kitten season! We have identified which items are highest priority and added some notes on various items so you can see what they are used for. This is the link:


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!


Because it’s such a hectic time of year and in keeping with the CDC’s health and safety guidelines, we kindly ask that anyone interested in visiting our shelter, to please make an appointment first.

This goes for dropping off animals, and for possible meet and greets for adoption purposes. Donation may be dropped off any time, without an appointment.

Also, if you happen to stop by without an appointment we may ask for your patience and to please wait in your car until we wait on the person ahead of you.  

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

For information, call 315-336-7070 or go online to The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cat’s Pride Litter

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.

Contact us

For information, call 315-336-7070 or go online to The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also needed

Cat items 

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 

Clumping Litter (older cats) Non-Clumping Litter (for Kittens) 

Cardboard Scratching pads with refills 

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

Dogs 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 Supplies 

Garbage bags – 13-gallon tall, as well as 39-gallon, drawstring bags 

Non-foaming bleach 

25-gallon plastic tubs with lids 

Laundry baskets 

Large 32 gallon plastic garbage cans with lid and wheels. 


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