At the Humane Society of Rome, Ralph reminds us it is holiday time


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.

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Lovable Ralph seeks a home

Hello! My name is Ralph, as of now I’m the longest standing member here at the shelter. I’m now going on a year next month, and it would be the best to have a home for Turkey Day or even better, for Christmas!

I’m five-years-old, and I currently reside over at the shelter business office where you can ask to visit with me. I actually like it better over here since I have plenty of room to roam around. I can be cat selective at times so I would recommend doing a slow introduction. I really do enjoy playing with kittens!

I recently also shared the house with my dear friend Nana, a lab mix who just got adopted, so you know I like dogs as well.

One of my favorite things in the world is cat grass, and I would do anything for it. I enjoy any type of catnip treat/toy and Friskies party mix treats are my favorite. I am known to be quite independent, but I’m also very sweet! I’m definitely a cuddler — just ask the staff.

I also enjoy playing with laser lights, I can’t ever get enough of the red dot. You know what? I will catch it one of these days.

Thank you! Ralph

Dear Ralph:

I guess ‘congrats’ should be in order for you being the longest standing resident at the shelter, but unfortunately that’s not the best news. We need to find you a home ASAP!

We understand that shelter life is comfy and cozy and they treat you very well, but you definitely need to move on, my friend. Readers, please help Ralph quit his day job and find his furr-ever home!

Good Luck, Ralph!

Sincerely, Winston

Winston says more

It’s that time of year–we have entered the season of cold temperatures. This is just a friendly reminder to please tap on your hoods and wheels and blow your horn before starting up your vehicle! Outdoor cats seek warmth and they very well may be in hiding!

Upcoming events

Humane Society Open House and pictures with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your pet, children or take a family photo — the cost is $15 for a framed photo. Refreshments will be served. All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

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.

Holiday gifts

If you are looking for some great holiday gifts, consider purchasing one of our beautiful Humane Society sweatshirts. Men’s and women’s are available. Call us for information on ordering and we will also ship.

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!

Contact us

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


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