‘Pandemic Pets’ Abandoned as People Return to Work


Dogs and their owners play in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow during off-leash hours, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Go to any dog park right now and you’ll probably find lively pandemic puppies, along with new owners learning the ins and outs of off-leash play. One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that many people are discovering the joys of dog ownership. AP Photo/John Minchillo)


During the coronavirus pandemic, countless people found themselves at home and unoccupied. Whether isolating alone or with a family, individuals wanted a furry friend to keep them company while the world shut down.

Overnight, the ‘pandemic puppy’ became a popular trend among households as a way to make time at home more enjoyable. However, with people returning to the office and kids going back to school, The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro reports families are dumping their pandemic pets, including their pet chickens.

Did you get a pet during the pandemic? If so, are you happy to have a pet or overwhelmed with the responsibility? Have you ever returned a pet? Listen to the full segment to hear Nikki’s thoughts below.

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