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Animal shelters across the Lehigh Valley are seeing an uptick in adoptions and foster applications. People who may have hesitated to get a pet in the past because of their work schedule are taking advantage of their unexpected time at home due to the coronavirus crisis to make the leap. Meanwhile, shelters are bracing for a flood of surrendered pets as the virus infects the economy.

People who are lonely sheltering in place may benefit from animal companionship. A lot of animals could benefit as well.

Veterinary hospitals are donating breathing machines, masks, gowns and other vital equipment and supplies purchased with Fido in mind, but now being redeployed to help doctors fight the spread of COVID-19 among humans.

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