Baron von Willie, longtime Potsdam Animal Shelter resident, has a new home after more than a year
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:50 am

Baron von Willie, center, seems to have settled on Gabe Hinckley, right, and his family in Massena to live with. Animal shelter veterinary technician Jessica Slappar, watches the bonding.

POTSDAM – Baron von Willie, a dog who languished for well over a year at the Potsdam Animal Shelter, has a new home.

Gabe Hinckley of Massena officially adopted the three-year-old pup this week after a special effort by shelter staff to find him a different place to stay.

Bonnie Boyd of the Potsdam Humane Society said they wanted to bring his situation to the public's attention "because he is a great dog -- playful and wonderful with people of all ages."

So they sent out an appeal. Shelter staff say they had lots of responses to a plea for people to adopt Willie, and began narrowing down their choices of a new family.

Baron von Willie was brought to the shelter in a litter of pups, and had been adopted twice, but was returned both times after the adult humans in both cases divorced.

The adoption fee was already paid, so was ready to go, Boyd said.

"The long-time resident of the Potsdam Humane Society had been in foster care for about three weeks to be sure that Baron and the Hinckley family were a good fit," Boyd said.

There are plenty of other pets ready for adoption, and can be visited online at, or in person at 17 Madrid Ave. Phone 265-3199.