Fewer people are adopting dogs as inflation impacts the Wisconsin Humane Society

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While business isn't slowing down at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), adoptions are. 

Angela Speed, the vice president of communications, says that dogs are sitting in shelters longer. 

"Our average length of stay for a dog is typically about 10 days from the time they enter the shelter to the time they leave, and that, especially for adults, has jumped up to about 15 days," said Speed. 

That's the longest they've seen in 10 years. And the reason is likely inflation. 

"Our website traffic indicates fewer people are actually looking to adopt, but they are accessing more of our low-cost services than ever before," said Speed. 

With the cost of everything going up, from groceries to dog food, people are less inclined to add a new furry friend to their family. The WHS is feeling the impact of those rising costs too. The average cost of caring for an animal jumped from $300 to $454 over the last year. But people are still coming to the WHS. Instead, they're taking advantage of the low-cost services offered. 

"Our vaccine clinics, in particular, have been more popular than ever. It's just $16 to get a core vaccine," said Speed. 

As they deal with a full house of nearly 70 dogs, they're asking people to step up and help if they can -- from donations to fostering. 

"Every animal that is recovering in a foster home means another kennel space for an animal in need of a shelter," said Speed. 

And they're always there to help find a good, permanent fit for your home as well. 

Even if you can't find a dog out of the 70 currently in the shelter, the rehome page on the WHS's website has more than 100 dogs in need of a new home. 

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