Happy February! This year is moving along so quickly, isn’t it? I am happy to be the first animal spotlighted in a brand new month, and I hope that being featured will win me the grandest prize of all – a brand new home!
I’ve been at the shelter since the end of December as an owner-surrender. I am a 4-year-old, male pit with the most beautiful blue eyes (my best quality)! I am a very high energy dog and am also a talker.
I get along good with other dogs, cats and children over the age of 8. Would I consider myself to be a good boy? Yes, and I definitely think I would make a wonderful companion for that special someone or special family.
Winston, let your readers know that I am here at the shelter, available and willing to meet, greet, talk! And to walk (walk to the car to my new home)!
Thanks Winston, much appreciated!
A blue eyed talker, hmm? Love your photo just wish it was in color — I have a feeling you will be getting visitors very soon so keep practicing your very best ‘meet and greet smile!”
Good luck to you my friend, Winston
Moving on up, and out, to new homes are the dogs: Roosevelt, Moo Moo and Kini; as well as the cats Dale, Danielle, Trixie, Jack D, Grtetel, Hazel and Jughead. Congrats!
Winter weather pet safety
The ASPCA notes that exposure to winter’s dry, cold air, and chilly sleet and snow can cause chapped paws, and itchy, flaking skin. Pet parents can reduce these discomforts and prevent other cold weather dangers from affecting pets by taking the following advice:
- Forgo pet haircuts. Because longer coats give dogs more insulation, the ASPCA advises against shaving your dog in the winter. If you have a short-haired pup, consider having him sport a winter coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck in cold weather.
- Wipe down your pet. Make sure to wipe down your pet’s belly, legs, and paws. Paws caked with snow, salt, and ice-melting chemicals can irritate and even harm your pet if licked or swallowed. If possible, apply petroleum jelly or another paw protectant to your pet’s paws before venturing out for a winter walk.
- Give extra food and water. Pets tend to burn a little more energy in the winter trying to stay warm. For this reason, experts recommend feeding your pet a little extra during winter months. Additionally, make sure your pet has access to plenty of clean, fresh water -- dry winter weather can be particularly dehydrating.
- Reduce baths. Baths can strip your dog of important essential oils, so fully bathe your pooch as little as possible during cold weather. If a bath is necessary, use a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse. Just hoping to de-stink your dog? Consider using dry shampoo.
- Provide a warm place to sleep. Keep your dog comfortable and toasty at night by setting up a warm place to sleep. A pet bed with a blanket or pillow will work, as long as it’s off the floor and away from drafts.
- Keep an eye on pets. Many pets get disoriented and lost in winter, so be sure to keep your pet on a leash when outside. Finally, remember that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them -- let dogs and cats come inside when it’s very cold outside.
The ‘Bowling for Bowser’ event at King Pin Lanes, originally scheduled for Feb. 4, will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced soon.
Feb. 7 — Dining for the Dogs, Aquino’s Restaurant, 910 Floyd Ave., 4 to 7 p.m.
March 6 — Dining for the Dogs, Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St., 4 to 7 p.m.
March 24 — Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Save the date, details to come!
The shelter is also in desperate need of a donation of a new snowblower. Please help us, winter is unfortunately here!
Items currently needed: Snowblower! Winter is here!
Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money, and supplies. Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs.
Items can be dropped off during the humane society hours of operation.
Remember, even used items can help our animals. We only ask that they are in good condition. If you have a question about a wish list item, please contact the shelter directly.
Remember all donations are tax deductible!
- Medium- and large-size kitten hammocks (they are found in pet stores in the ferret section)
- Medium covered litter boxes
- Small litter boxes – kitten size
- Small plush cat beds – kitten size
- Friskies or 9 Lives pate canned food
- Ceramic crocks for food and water – small and large
- Scoopable litter*
- Toys (especially toys that make noise, and small mice)
- Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs
- Toys – variety
- Grain Free treats
- Raw Hide treats – all sizes
- Soft Treats – such as Bacon Strips, Pupperoni, etc.
General Shelter Supplies
- Garbage bags* – 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring bags
- Garbage bags* – 39-gallon lawn/leaf drawstring bags
- Legal, letter, and small notepads
- Telephone message pads – 2-part carbonless
- Blank address labels – 1 X 2 5/8 and 2 X 4
- Manila 3-tab folders – letter size
- 25-gallon plastic tubs with lids
- Funding needed for a heavy duty snow blower
- New dehumidifiers – for cat room
- Dog-friendly ice melt
Gift certificates or gift cards to area merchants to purchase supplies as needed.
*We can never have enough of these items.
The Humane Society of Rome animal shelter is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. The shelter is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, contact the Humane Society of Rome by calling 315-336-7070 or stop by the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road.