By: Ori Grinboim, Natalie Levy, and Sophia Elzon

When COVID-19 started, people have been getting new pets. Many people adopted dogs and cats but there are millions of pets out there.  Local shelters had troubles keeping animals available for adoption because so many people were adopting during the pandemic. Here is a sampling of some pet owners at WHMS. 

Julia Finklestein, a 4th grader, is getting a new puppy. Julia’s puppy doesn’t have a name yet, but we know it’s a Goldendoodle! Julia has been begging for a dog for years (like many people), and now she’s getting one! Julia has never had a pet before.

Miriam McDaniel, a 5th grader, has a Goldendoodle named Jake, her family thinks he’s perfect! Miriam also has a cat, fish, and a hermit crab. 

Izzy Rothschild, a 5th grader, has two black dogs.  One is named Rocco who is a mini Labradoodle who has a slight pant-biting obsession.  Her other dog is a Miniature Schnauzer Westie mix, named Chewy who enjoys lounging by the fireplace with Izzy. 

Sophie Shu, a 5th grader, is not adopting any new pets but Sophie has had so many pets in the past. Sophie’s had four neon fish named Winter, Spring, Summer, and  Autumn. She also had seven more fish which she caught from a lake and kept as pets in a tank. She also had five chicks, and a bucket of worms!   Sadly, Sophie doesn’t have any of them left now because they all died. Sophie wants a guinea pig, a dog, a bearded dragon, a corn snake, or a cat. Sophie’s dad loves cats but Sophie’s mom hates cats.  When she is older Sophie has dreams of opening her own animal shelter. 

There are millions of pets out there for adoption, one is surely right for you and your family! 

If your family is interested in adopting a pet you can check out: to search for local available animals that need a home.