Pandemic puppies: Pet adoption soars in as animal lovers have nothing but time

The gray tabby with the black stripes had been at the shelter four years, longer than any other cat.She reminded Dawn Stephanick of her own cat, who had died several years earlier, except for one thing: there was no spark in her eyes. Her name was Ashes.Stephanick was volunteering at the shelter, SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, in Skillman, when she noticed the cat. She felt for her, but she already owned a 20-year-old cat. Her daughter, Ariel, 24, wanted another one, but she couldn’t see her being home enough to care for a second. Over the next few months, Stephanick watched as the shelte...


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