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Pet Adoptions Surged In The Pandemic, Will Surrenders Follow?


    The pandemic has been a boon for pets.

     With people staying home, it has created a high demand for animal companionship.

     Animal welfare organizations across the country said pet adoptions – mostly dogs – rose by double-digit rates last year.

     But, now with a vaccine promising to end the pandemic, there is concern the pendulum may swing the other way.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Pam Peebles, executive director of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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