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Potsdam Humane Society's longest term resident seeks forever home

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Baron Von Willie is hoping the third time will be the charm. The 2-year-old Pit Bull mix has the dubious honor of being the Potsdam Humane Society's longest term resident, 628 days and counting. Although he has been adopted out twice, circumstances have returned him to the shelter both times.

Baron adapted well to his first placement, said Board member Bonnie S. Boyd. "They brought him back because they split up and neither one could have a dog." Then he was adopted by another couple and a similar situation occurred. "They got divorced,” Ms. Boyd said.

So Baron was again taken back to the Potsdam Humane Society. Baron Von Willie came to the Potsdam shelter in a litter of puppies in 2011. He has adapted well to his environment but needs to find his "forever home."

According to an article in the Watertown Daily Times the dog has been sponsored for adoption, which means an advocate has already paid the adoption fee of $90. Baron is mid-sized, trained to obey basic commands including sit, stay and roll over. He is described as loving and playful.

“He is very intelligent. He does all the commands and more. He’s very playful,” Ms. Boyd said. “He loves people. Since he’s been at the shelter so long, we don’t know how he would act (with other dogs). But he would probably get along with another dog. We don’t keep animals that would be aggressive.”

The shelter encourages fostering an animal first in order to get a feel for how things will go, and then if everything works out, the adoption can be finalized. “We do foster to adopt. People can take them home. They’re even given the food to take care of them. They always suggest, especially with one that has issues, that they do a foster to adopt,” Ms. Boyd said.

Ms. Boyd adds that Baron remaining at the shelter for so long is breaking the hearts of those who care for him and for all of the shelter's residents. “We don’t want a failed chance. But any chance is better than staying in the shelter. We’ve never had a dog in the shelter that long. He needs to get out there. . .another adult dog will get adopted in the next kennel and there sits Baron.”

Anyone interested in adopting an animal for the Potsdam Humane Society can visit the shelter at 17 Madrid Ave or call 315-265-3199. For more information and to view adoptable pets visit the Potsdam Humane Society online.

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