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The Joys And Challenges Of The Pandemic Pet Boom

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Charity Nebbe
Charity Nebbe adopted Cheddar over a year ago – right before social distancing measures went into place. Cheddar has not only bonded with his new family, but he'll often steal the spotlight by being his photogenic self.

Pandemic puppies. Cats on Zoom. Unconditional love, companionship and entertainment at a time when people needed it most.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe and her guests explore the power of the human companion animal bond and the challenges pet owners might face when life returns to pre-pandemic patterns.


  • Tom Colvin, executive director of the Animal Rescue League, Des Moines
  • Carol Griglione, cat behavior specialist, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines
  • Liz Ford, certified dog trainer and consultant in Iowa City
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa