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The pet boom was one of the more surprising — if understandable — pandemic phenomena we witnessed this past year. Stuck at home with plenty of free time, and a frightening world outside, droves of Canadians welcomed new cats and dogs into their homes. But with vaccines rolling out, and potentially a return to "normal" life on the horizon, what will it mean for all these new pets? Bioethicist and writer Jessica Pierce fears pet shelters will once again be filled with pets we no longer have time for. But if there's a silver lining to the pet boom, she says, it's that we've hopefully come to better appreciate the emotional work our pets do.