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Potsdam Humane Society's 'Baron von Willie' finds his forever home at last

Baron with Gabe S. Hinkley and vet tech Jessica Slappar at the Potsdam Humane Society
Baron with Gabe S. Hinkley and vet tech Jessica Slappar at the Potsdam Humane Society

It looks like the third time was the charm in the case of a long-time resident of the Potsdam animal shelter. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the staff at the Humane Society, Baron von Willie has been adopted for the third, and hopefully final time.

The three-year-old Pit Bull mix held the dubious title of longest term resident at the shelter, having been returned twice following two seemingly successful adoptions that did not last due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. Now, at long last, "Willie" has found a home with a family in Massena. Gabe Hinckley made the adoption official on Thursday after fostering the dog for a three week trial period.

According to a story in the North Country Now news site, Baron von Willie waited his turn for a home much longer than the average dog at the Potsdam shelter, more than 628 days at the time of the news articles last year that highlighted the dog's plight. The attention called to the dog's situation definitely helped. According to Potsdam Humane Society staff, offers to adopt Baron started to come in immediately.

Willie's adoption fee had already been paid. All he needed was a family to love him. Mr. Hinckley said Willie has fit right in and adapted to his new environment within a couple of days.

According to Bonnie Boyd of the Potsdam Humane Society Board, ". . .he is a great dog -- playful and wonderful with people of all ages."

More animals at the Potsdam Humane Society are awaiting their chance for a home and can be seen online at the Potsdam Humane Society or you may visit in person at 17 Madrid Ave. Phone 265-3199.

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