Furry friends help Germans ease pandemic blues as pet adoptions boom

Germany has seen an explosion in pet adoption in the pandemic, with demand for cats, dogs and other furry companions soaring as people seek ways to ease loneliness and boredom. The number of dogs sold in the country increased by a "dramatic" 20 per cent in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to the Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) kennel club.