Pet adoptions break records during COVID-19 – but buyers beware

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Michel Toupin enjoys spending time with Big Mike, a 12-year-old English springer spaniel. Active, affectionate, gentle and playful, he is a compact, medium-sized dog with a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Big Mike has shared many outdoor activities and adventures with his owner.

The Société protectrice des animaux (SPA) in Quebec City had a 100 per cent adoption rate in 2020. With over 2,400 animals adopted, it is nice to think that all these animals have found good forever homes. According to many local media reports, the pandemic is partly responsible for this high adoption rate.