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COVID-19 and a lack of affordable housing leads to an increase in pet surrenders

A dog eagerly awaits adoption in an animal shelter.
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A dog eagerly awaits adoption in an animal shelter.

Many animal shelters in our region are bursting with unwanted cats and dogs and the problem is linked to COVID-19 and the nation’s housing crisis.

First, Wyoming Public Radio’s Eric Vigil takes us to a shelter for the Mountain West News Bureau. Then Boise State Public Radio's Troy Oppie looks at how Treasure Valley pet shelters are feeling the strain of animal surrenders.

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