The Humane Society of Rome, New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, private organization that receives no government funding and is not associated with any national humane organization. The process of preparing homeless pets for adoption involves many staff and volunteers, plus a lot of time and resources. We provide healthy food, safe shelter, lifesaving medical care, behavioral training, exercise and enrichment, and in some cases, foster care.

We work hard to match our shelter pets with the home that best fits them and the potential adopters lifestyle. When you adopt from the Humane Society of Rome and pay an adoption donation (which reflects only a portion of our investment in your new pet), you help us continue to care for the homeless animals in our community and make sure they are safe, protected, and loved.

Our application process is designed to help us determine if the adoption is in the best interest of both you, your lifestyle and the animal, and to place our animals into permanent responsible homes.  Anyone interested in adopting must first fill out a screening application which will be reviewed by staff. Some applications are approved the same day. Applications can be completed online or in person at the shelter.  All potential adopters are required to interact with the animal they are interested in adopting.  If you have other pets at home, please bring a current copy of each pet’s vet records as this is a requirement prior to any adoption with current pets in the home.

Animal welfare is our foremost consideration and therefore staff reserves the right to deny any adoption.

Adoption Donation:


1 year and older: $100 & up
Under 1 year: $110 & up

Adoption Donation for Cats and Kittens Include:

  • Spay or Neuter
  • Distemper Vaccine (and boosters if in shelter when due)
  • Rabies Vaccine (if 3 months of age or older and 3 pounds or more)
  • Worming
  • Flea Control Treatment
  • Micro-Chip 
  • Adoption Kit

All cats and kittens will be spayed/neutered BEFORE they leave the shelter.



1 year and older: $120 & up
Under 1 year: $150 & up

Adoption Donation for Dogs and Puppies Include:

  • Spay or Neuter
  • Heartworm Test
  • Distemper Vaccine
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Worming
  • Flea Control Treatment
  • Micro-Chipping 
  • Puppies: Age Appropriate Vaccines 
  • Adoption Kit

All dogs and puppies will be spayed/neutered BEFORE they leave the shelter.

The Humane Society of Rome may apply variable adoption donations to cover specialty breeds.  Increased donations for animals in high demand, such as small-breed purebred dogs, in turn helps us care for cats and dogs who may require more services and additional time at the shelter while waiting for their new homes.