Animal shelters saw a boom in dog and cat adoptions when the pandemic struck. Demand remains high

PHILADELPHIA — Gianna Masini spent the first several months of the pandemic feeling isolated in her Philadelphia apartment. She and her boyfriend had talked about getting a dog for a while, but it never seemed to be the right time — until the coronavirus upended everyone’s lives and Masini found out she would be working from home for the indefinite future. In August, Masini, 24, drove out on a whim to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester and fell in love with Maui, a German shepherd-mix puppy. “He’s great for the loneliness,” she said, “and he’s been really a good deterrent” against stre…

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