Local humane societies and S.P.C.A. say its better to wait until after Christmas to adopt a new family pet. Spirit, a female beagle mix, is at the Potsdam Animal Shelter and is ready for a new home. The Potsdam Humane Society has 18 dogs and 32 cats or kittens ready for adoption. Pets can be viewed at www.potsdamhumanesociety.org. Read more here. Photo by Matt Anable.