LAFAYETTE, Ind.(WLFI) — Right now, the Almost Home Humane Society has 100 more dogs than it did this time last year.
"And the adoption rate hasn't gone up," said Almost Home Humane Society Marketing Manager Justin Henry. "So, in other words we just have more pets and they're just staying here longer."
That's why the shelter is so thankful for people like Conny Downey. She has adopted two dogs at Almost Home.
"In 2004 when I adopted a mix breed dog from Almost Home, she turned out to be the best dog in the whole world," said Downey.
Unfortunately, that dog passed away in April.
"She was a beautiful dog and everyone that met her loved her," said Downey.
Now, Downey is opening her heart to a new shelter dog named Bentley.
"I was able to foster him for about a week now to see how he reacts with our cats and with our grandchildren," said Downey.
The shelter understands not everyone will want to adopt.
"You can be a foster parent, you can come and just do dog field trips, you can also just consider donating," said Henry. "Sponsor a dog's adoption maybe you don't have room for another one in your home but sometimes the difference between being able to adopt a pet and not adopting is 25 dollars."
Volunteers can be used for just about anything at Almost Home.
"We can always use more, having a good amount of time to dedicate is the biggest thing," said Henry.
If you'd like to donate, adopt or volunteer, click here.