Consider getting out with your pets during warmer weather months

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The weather is warming up and everyone is looking forward to getting out of the house after the long winter months, including our pets.

Dogs are happy to be out in the sunshine, rolling in the grass, spending time with their families. Here are a few spring activities you can enjoy with your dog:

• Camping trips can be fun for dogs. It will give you both a chance to spend some quality time hiking and exploring together. You can camp out in a tent or check out dog-friendly cabins at parks or lakes. Also take your dog hiking. Your dog will so happy to explore new smells while hiking in nearby parks or trails.

• Get some exercise. Go out walking, running or jogging and take your dog along with you. You can just go out in the yard or go to the park and play fetch. Or work on some obstacle course training. If your dog likes to swim or play in the water, find a stream, creek or pond and let them have fun.

Every family and dog is different. We all have our favorite things to do with our pets. No matter what you do, the main thing is to have fun spending time with your dog, to them you are family.

Also June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, so maybe adopt a new feline friend and give them a forever home and a chance to enjoy life in a loving home.

The Humane Society of Rome has some amazing animals waiting to be adopted. They would be more than happy to become part of a loving family and do fun things with them.

Here are two that would love to find their new home:

• Rosa is a 5-year-old female Terrier, American Pit Bull Mix. She is very active and loves to play. She especially likes to play tug-of-war and chase tennis balls. She would like to be adopted into a home with no other pets or young children. She truly is a very sweet dog and just needs some extra TLC. If you are interested in getting to know Rosa, contact the shelter to set an appointment to meet her.

• Joey is a handsome guy who loves hanging out in cat trees and playing with wand toys. He would like to find a new home that has a lot of space to explore and a quieter lifestyle. Joey would do best in a home with no small children and no dogs. He would be OK with another calm kitty. If you would like to setup a visit to meet Joey, please call the shelter. 

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