Please Note

For those who will be home for weeks or months it is the perfect time to get a new pet!  A new pet can help reduce your stress and anxiety, and you’ll have plenty of time to spend on training, walking (if your new pet is a dog), and loving.

Please continue reading to learn how one would go about adopting an animal during this time.

Changes Due to the Coronavirus

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we are postponing the Pictures with the Easter Bunny events and the Dining for Dogs and Cats scheduled for April 7th at DeSalvo’s.   However, you may still participate by ordering take-out from DeSalvo’s. Their menu can be found online. Be sure to tell them that The Humane Society of Rome sent you!

In addition, we are making some changes to how we conduct our business until further notice and will be scheduling our interaction with the public. Our phones will be staffed from 8 am to 2 pm. We will continue to process adoptions. If you see an animal you are interested in adopting, please let us know. We will be scheduling appointments to process adoptions. When you arrive at the shelter to proceed with an adoption, we will be asking general health questions prior to your entrance to the building.

If you find a stray dog, please contact your local Animal Control Agency. If you find a stray cat, PLEASE CALL us at (315) 336-7070 prior to coming to the shelter.

As always, the well-being of our animals is our top priority and to ensure their care we must protect our staff. We realize this decision will slow down our adoption process but feel it is the best option under the circumstances. Our staff will continue to be in every day to care for the animals, and their quality of care will remain the same.

People can still reclaim their lost animals. They must provide vet records, proof of vaccinations, and dog license if applicable.

If our supporters are able and feel inclined, we will continue to receive monetary and supply donations. We are currently in desperate need of clumping litter. Please call our shelter if you are able to drop off donations or send them directly to our shelter location at 6247 Lamphear Road, Rome, NY.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Animal lovers, we need you!  We are currently looking for compassionate, hard working people to join our team.  Part time and full time positions available.  Click here to print our employment application.  Mail the completed application along with a copy of your resume and driver’s license to PO Box 4572, Rome, NY 13442.

Window decals are now available at the shelter and at our events!

Or mail a check for $2.00 per decal made payable to HSR along with your address, and the decal(s) will be mailed to you.


To find the right new home for stray, abandoned, neglected, abused and owner relinquished animals.

Prevent cruelty to all animals.

Relieve suffering among animals.

Rehabilitate and convalesce injured and abused animals.

Provide humane education in regards to dogs and cats.

Special thanks to corporate sponsor Staffworks

The Humane Society of Rome would like to recognize the incredible generosity of Staffworks Corporate Partnership and Anita Vitullo.  Their support has allowed us to improve the lives of many more homeless cats and dogs in our community.  We cannot say thank you enough!