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Among all the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic, one industry saw an unexpected surge in demand: puppies. Before COVID, shelters and rescues across Canada were packed to the hilt with eligible dogs, waiting for their chance at a forever home. When stay-at-home orders were issued, however, one of the hottest commodities was the addition of a furry family member. Shelters ran out of dogs. Rescues began bringing in international dogs en masse. People began breeding their dogs to get in on the ground floor of what has become a booming industry, selling them for thousands of dollars more than pre-pandemic prices. But what happens to all these “pandemic puppies” when everyone returns to work? A dog rescue volunteer, Ottawa resident Meagan Wiersema was a pandemic “foster fail”—that is to say, she ended up adopting her foster dog, Toby. Wiersema said the puppy boom saw a marked increase in adoption …