Pet adoptions rise during coronavirus pandemic
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Pet adoptions rise during coronavirus pandemic


Piper, a 7-month-old mixed-breed, was adopted by Elaine Tomlinson of Grandview Heights, Ohio, who decided she would have more time to care for Piper while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Though he had always wanted a puppy, Alex Morando hesitated because of the busy work schedules and social calendar he and his girlfriend keep.

His job in the Ohio State University athletic department often requires travel and long hours. Or at least it did until a mid-March trip to Minneapolis for the NCAA wrestling championships was canceled due to the coronavirus.

All of a sudden, he and his girlfriend, Dani Dean, were working from their respective homes. As bars and restaurants shut down and residents were ordered to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, they got the final push they needed to come home with Cooper, an 8-week-old miniature goldendoodle.

"I always wanted to get a puppy, but I wanted the time to get a puppy," said Morando, 31.

The coronavirus pandemic created that time.

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