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Baron von Willie looking for loving home


POTSDAM - Baron von Willie wants to find a home where somebody will play fetch with him.

But the 2-year-old pitbull mix has been waiting. And waiting. And waiting for somebody special.

Baron has called the Potsdam Humane Society his home for more than 628 days. He has been adopted twice, but Humane Society officials say neither of those adoptions worked out due to circumstances beyond his control. His first adopted family had to give him up.

“They brought him back because they split up and neither one could have a dog,” board member Bonnie S. Boyd said. “He adjusted well. They loved him, but he came back.”

Following his return to the animal shelter, Baron was adopted out a second time.

“He went out to another couple. They got divorced,” Ms. Boyd said.

So Baron found himself back at the animal shelter, where he’s waiting for another family to come by and welcome him into their arms. He has now claimed the unwanted title of longest temporary resident at the shelter.

“He’s been kept for such a long time, over 628 days. Evidently the right people haven’t come around,” she said.

Baron is a fullly grown, mid-sized dog whose adoption has already been paid for. It’s just a matter of the right family coming to the 17 Madrid Ave. shelter and taking him home.

“He’s been sponsored. Someone has already paid for his adoption, which is $90,” Ms. Boyd said.

Baron has already been trained to obey commands like stay, sit and roll over. But he may not get along with other pets.

“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.”

A volunteer who works with dogs at the shelter has taken a liking to Baron, but their time is limited.

“He said Baron is so sweet; he is such a great dog. You get him in a multi-purpose room by himself and he is just a sweetheart,” she said.

Ms. Boyd said the family that adopts Baron will likely feel the same way as the volunteer.

“He’s really special,” she said.

For those who want to make sure Baron is the right fit for their family, the shelter offers a fostering program.

“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.

If the relationship works and the staff feels like it’s the right family for Baron, they’ll be united for good.

“If the staff feels it’s the right family for him because they know Baron very well,” she said. “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. He’s tolerating it, but it’s breaking the hearts of that humans that are around him. Another adult dog will get adopted in the next kennel and there sits Baron.”

Baron and others ready for adoption can be visited online at, or they can be seen in person at 17 Madrid Ave. For more information, call 315-265-3199.

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