Pet adoptions soar amid pandemic

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by Meghan Wayland

ORLEANS — When manager Sam Christoni first threw a ball to new shelter dog Jack, he cowered on the ground.  She had raised her arm too fast, spooking the dog, who was likely abused before reaching Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society two weeks ago.  The docile, bow-legged hound is one of eight dogs up for adoption in Orleans.

“He’s quiet, not the barker you might expect,” Ms. Christoni said Friday, petting Jack, who stood proudly in his knobby way, eyes shut under wide bands of black fur.  “He’s a real good boy.”

Pet adoptions have increased at Pope Memorial since the pandemic.

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