Pandemic pet boom

Interest in animals skyrockets over past two years

W.A.L.K. Canine Community Founder Phil O'Brien and his wife, Jenny O'Brien, hope the Iowa City facility will open later this year. CREDIT JILL CHRISTINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Like most business owners, those in the pet industry didn’t know what to expect in March 2020 when the pandemic abruptly shut most everything down and sent people home to work. “When everything started shutting down, and travel screeched to a halt, I was really concerned that the business would really suffer,” said Sonia Brandley, […]

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