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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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