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Idaho shelters see strong demand for pets during pandemic

AMPA — Vickie Winkel, like many other Americans, adopted a pet during the isolating first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the loss of her 14-year-old border collie at the start of last year, it took the Boise resident nine months of searching shelter and rescue websites to find her new match, Juna.

“Being a senior and pretty much homebound the past year, she has become my little shadow and is with me all the time,” Winkel said. “We walk the neighborhood at least twice a day and often chat, at a social distance of course, with the neighbors.

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