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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 at the shelter, for the most part, since December 2013.

“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,’”

At the time Sir Edward came to shelter he was a piglet who had not yet been neutered. He is now almost one-year old, full grown, neutered and tipping the scales at 55 pounds.

Sir Edward did spend some time at a foster home, where living 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 would be one where he could spend the bulk 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 bit of training Sir Edward could even be walked just like a dog.

“We’re working on his leash skills now, because you could walk him,” she said, adding that walks would likely be limited to just three seasons of the year.

“We took him outside in the snow to see what he would do and he hated it,” Mrs. Maynard said, explaining that also like a dog he is house broken and usually goes to the bathroom outside.

“He lets you know when he needs to go outside,” she said, estimating that Sir Edward is approximately 95 percent house trained.

When asked what it would be like to have a pig as a pet, Mrs. Maynard compared it to raising a toddler.

“He’s kind of like a two-year-old. He’s very curious and can be mischievous too,” she said. “He is a commitment. Pigs can live for up to 20 years, so it would be like having a two-year-old for the next 20 years.”

Given that adopting him is such a commitment, Mrs. Maynard said the shelter is asking its “puppy price” of $115.

Similar to dogs, Mrs. Maynard also said Sir Edward is intelligent and has various ways of relaying his feelings.

“He’s very sensitive. When he came back from his foster home, he was very depressed and didn’t wag his tail for days,” she said.

Now as Sir Edward wanders through the lobby of the shelter his tail wags like a flag in the wind.

And although Sir Edward has yet to find his “forever home,” Mrs. Maynard said he has proven to be a benefit 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.

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

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