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‘House pig’ among the animals up for adoption at the Potsdam Humane Society


POTSDAM — Among the more than 200 animals up for adoption at the Potsdam Humane Society are 49 dogs, 178 cats and one very special guest, a “house pig” named Sir Edward Winston.

After briefly calling the Massena Humane Society his home, Sir Edward has resided mostly at the shelter since December.

“He was actually a stray pig, picked up by Massena animal control in Rooseveltown,” Humane Society Director Alysia M. Maynard said. “He was at the Massena Humane Society for a little while, but they weren’t really set up for a pig, so they asked us if we would take him and we said, ‘Sure.’”

When Sir Edward came to the shelter he was a piglet and not neutered. He is now almost 1-year old, fully grown, neutered and 55 pounds.

Sir Edward spent time at a foster home, where the good life added more than a few inches to his waistline. “He got a little porky in his foster home, so now he’s on a diet and trying to get into everything,” Mrs. Maynard said.

An ideal home for Sir Edward is one where he could spend most of his time inside and live life similar to a mid-sized dog. “He’s definitely a house pig,” Mrs. Maynard said. “We would like him to go to a home where he would spend most of his time inside like a dog.”

Mrs. Maynard said Sir Edward is good with dogs, children and other animals, and has even gone on field trips to several area schools. “He’s great with kids, and kids love him too,” she said, adding that with a little training, Sir Edward could even be walked like a dog.

“We’re working on his leash skills now, because you could walk him,” she said. Walks likely would be limited to three seasons of the year, spring through autumn.

“We took him outside in the snow to see what he would do, and he hated it,” Mrs. Maynard said. Like a dog, Sir Edward is house broken and usually does his business outside. “He lets you know when he needs to go outside,” she said.

Mrs. Maynard also said Sir Edward is intelligent and has various ways of relaying his feelings. “He’s very sensitive,” she said. “When he came back from his foster home, he was very depressed and didn’t wag his tail for days.”

Now, as Sir Edward wanders through the shelter lobby, his tail wags like a flag in the wind. And although Sir Edward has yet to find a permanent home, Mrs. Maynard said he has been an asset to the shelter.

“He’s been good for us because people will come in to see the pig and then they see our other animals too,” she said.

The shelter is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The adoption fee for cats four months and older is $50, with kittens costing $70. Puppies are available to adopt for $115, with dogs four months and older costing $95. Given that adopting Sir Edward is such a commitment, Mrs. Maynard said the shelter is asking its puppy price of $115.

All animals are either spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter.

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