Meet Duke, a registered emotional help canine

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Hello Winston and readers!

My name is Duke. I am a 2 year old Rottweiler / Pit / Lab mix dog who was brought to the shelter in mid-April.

Winston, would you think I’ve had one owner all my life? I guess I’m very lucky, but unfortunately at the same time my owners moved and couldn’t take me with them. I am of course very sad about it, but life goes on and since I’m only 2 I know that I have a long life ahead of me!

I’ve lived with kids ages 2 and up, and I’ve also lived with cats and dogs so that I would be very comfortable with them! I’m a little scared for men, but that’s just because my owner’s old neighbor chased me around with a stick. I have particularly bad memories of that.

Winston, I have something interesting to share about myself that I’m very proud of – I’m a registered emotional support animal. I even have the documentation to prove it! After all, one fun, quirky thing about me is that I turn while running! I think I’m getting so excited that I can’t control myself!

Winston, please help me find a good home that will last me for the rest of my life. A home with a wife, children, cats and dogs would be ideal! Many Thanks!

– Sincerely, Duke

Dear Duke:

It is very nice to hear from you. I have never introduced an animal on my side for emotional support. You are my first and I am absolutely honored. I salute you and everything you have done so far in your life to emotionally support your person in need. You obviously have a wonderful, calming, and caring nature.

I am also sure that you will touch many more lives from those you have not yet met. Good luck my friend.

– Sincerely, Winston

Winston says more:

Reader, I wasn’t aware of the difference between emotional support animals and service animals … but I found some interesting information – please read:

An emotional support animal is a species of animal that provides comfort to alleviate a symptom or effect of a person’s disability.

They are known as “ESA’S” and offer therapeutic benefits to certain people with mental health problems such as anxiety, phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder. An animal for emotional support must be prescribed by a licensed psychologist.

They don’t have to do a specific job like a service animal, but their comfort, affection, and companionship will help someone overcome the daily challenges caused by anxiety and stress.

Emotional vs. service animals

While emotional support animals and service animals share some similarities, there are important differences between the two. Animals with emotional support are meant to provide companionship and support. Service animals, on the other hand, support people with disabilities by performing specific tasks.

Service animals are those that have been specially trained to provide a service to a person with a disability. Such disabilities can be of a sensory, physical, intellectual, psychiatric or mental nature. Some of the tasks a service animal might perform include informing a person of a sound, guiding a person down the street, pressing an elevator button, retrieving items, alerting others, or keeping watch when the person calls one Experiencing seizure, or reminding the person to stop their noise or take their medication.

Emotionally supported animals, on the other hand, are there to provide companionship, to alleviate distress, or to provide some other type of relief.

Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act state that service animals must be dogs, although reasonable arrangements must be made for miniature horses to serve as service animals once the animals have been trained to perform certain tasks for the disabled.


Why should a person choose an Emotional Support Animal? Research has long supported the idea that animals can offer significant mental health benefits. One study found that owning a pet had positive mental health effects by promoting emotional connectivity and helping people cope during times of crisis.

Some of the other benefits animals can provide for emotional support include:

Less fear. Simply petting an animal can induce a relaxation response and improve mood.

Trauma support. Pets can provide comfort to people dealing with difficult situations, including those who have experienced trauma.

Improved physical health. Studies have shown that animals with emotional support help lower blood pressure, lower breathing rates, and improve the ability to cope with pain.

Less feelings of loneliness. Animals can provide companionship, which is especially important for people who live alone and have symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Mutual care and love. Caring for an animal with emotional support can also help give meaning to humans. Not only do animals offer unconditional love and companionship, but they also require care and love in return, which can be emotionally rewarding.


Cats: Cayenne, Bowie, Billy, Twinkie, Kallie, Butterscotch, Zena, Bobby, Marlon, Lillian, Leeroy, Timmy, Cosmo, Simba, Happy Face

Dogs: Jasper, Cheekette, Apollo, Max, Fender

Wish list


Double pill boxes labeled “AM” and “PM”. These boxes are very helpful for the staff when it comes to administering medication to our animals at the right time.

Scratching posts, towers, perches or climbing frames

Purina kitten chow

3 tier cat cage

Digital baby scale


Miracle nipple

We have updated our Amazon wishlist:


AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way to support the animal shelter.

Every time you shop at Amazon, they donate part of the purchase price to our non-profit organization.

Here’s what you do before you start shopping:

1. Go to AmazonSmile (

2. Sign in to your Amazon account.

3. Click Accounts & Lists.

4. Click your account.

5. Scroll down to Settings.

6. Click Change Your Charity.

7. Type “Humane Society of Rome” and search.

8. Choose – make sure you choose the right humane society.

9. Go shopping!


Since it is such a hectic time of year and the health and safety guidelines of the CDC are met, we ask all interested parties to visit our animal shelter to make an appointment.

This applies to the delivery of animals and possible meet & greets for adoption purposes. The donation can be made at any time without making an appointment. If you happen to stop by without an appointment, we may ask for your patience and ask you to wait in your car until we wait for the person in front of you.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Ways You Can Help
the shelter

become a member


Donations (you can indicate where you want your donation to go: Medical Fund, Spay / Neuter Fund, Building Fund or General Fund)

Did you also know that you can still help if you love animals but cannot adopt them at this point in time?

Sponsor the cost of an animal while it lives at the shelter (pay for food, grooming, etc.).

Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee

Sponsor an animal’s castration or neuter fee

Cat pride
Throwing program

We participate in the Cat’s Pride Litter for Good program – we received 4,000 pounds of cat litter based on nominations from the community. This is an ongoing action. The more nominations, the more rubbish we get.

Trash, as you can imagine, is a huge expense for us so this would be a wonderful saver for our shelter.

The public is invited to participate as follows:

1. Go to and sign up for the free Cat’s Pride Club.

2. Click the nominate button to receive junk.

3. Enter the bonus code 4GOOD and you will double your nomination for the animal shelter.

4. Buy a green pitcher of Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light – each time you do this, another pound of waste is added to the total amount donated.

Also needed
at the shelter

Cat articles

Delectable Lickable Treats (Bisque Style) in different flavors

Friskies Broth Variety Packs Different flavors

Meow Mix (bags of any size)

Purina Kitten Chow (any size)

Greenies pill bags for cats

Shovels (small size)

Little mice, little pompoms, cat sticks

Small paper feed bowls

Ceramic pots for food and water – small and large

Litter litter (older cats) Non-clumping litter (for kittens)

Cardboard scratch pads with refills

Scratching posts – all sizes (new) or in very good condition

Dog articles

Greenies pill bags for capsules and tablets

Cesar Original Pate ‘trays

Chews – all sizes, pork chops, pork ears

Soft Treats – strips of bacon, pupperoni, canine carry outs, all flavors

Squeaky dog ​​toy

Nylon collars – especially for large dogs

General deliveries

Garbage Bags – 13 gallon and 39 gallon drawstring bags

Non-foaming bleach

25 gallon plastic tubs with lids

Laundry baskets

Large 32 gallon plastic trash cans with lids and wheels.

Contact us

For more information, call 315-336-7070 or visit online. The shelter is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.