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In 2016, the Lynchburg Humane Society took the pledge and decided to lead the charge in creating a No-Kill Virginia (NKVA). “No-kill” means every healthy and treatable pet is saved. It is estimated that 15,000 pets were needlessly euthanized prior to 2016 throughout Virginia.

This life-saving goal of saving all healthy and treatable pets in the state of Virginia is becoming reality. Since the Lynchburg Humane Society started focusing their efforts on saving pets from at-risk
shelters, mentoring and training other shelters in the state, and helping make spay/neuter accessible in
communities that didn’t have the resources, 10,850 fewer pets were euthanized in Virginia. Virginia has raised their save rate from 80% in 2016 to 86% in 2018. The goal is to reach a save rate of 90% by 2020.

Virginia is making great strides in saving healthy and treatable pets. The Lynchburg Humane Society transferred in over 300 cats from Amherst and Campbell Counties. Amherst County raised their save ra…

2018 Year In Review

The Lynchburg Humane Society had an action-packed 2018. It was a record year for pets coming into our Center, adoptions, fostering, and saving pets from at-risk shelters.  As an organization we saved
6,973 pets!

We helped 761 pets in at-risk shelters who faced euthanasia if we didn’t intervene and bring them to our Center. This included many orphaned and newborn pets, pregnant and nursing moms and pets who needed medical treatment. We gave these pets a chance at life and finding a home. 

We had many adventures, some were heartbreaking, but all were life-saving and worth every moment to give so many pets a chance at wonderful, loving lives. 

Our team saved pets from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, working around the clock, driving hours to the flooding shelters and bringing 30 pets back to the safety of our Center.  We were called upon by the state to help make room at a shelter in the eastern part of Virginia  as they were dealing with a large hoarding case coming into their shelte…

Rumors can be funny sometimes

Rumors really crack us up or make us super frustrated. This Tuesday morning we got a phone call that made us all laugh out loud.  One of our partnering vet clinics in Chatham has had a few of their clients share that they heard the State Police was at the Pet Center assisting David Smitherman with removing animals on Monday, July 30th. A few clients suggested it happened last Thursday.    
We had one dog leave the Pet Center on Thursday through adoption. Monday we did transfer 11 dogs and 14 cats to the Lynchburg Center, which we featured on facebook Tuesday afternoon.  We also transferred to the Lynchburg’s Center 7 cats and 6 dogs from the Appomattox shelter.  This year the Lynchburg location has seen 375 pets transferred internally from the other two facilities. 
Why?  Why not?  This past weekend Lynchburg adopted out 71 pets.  Pittsylvania only adopted out 12 from Friday - Sunday.  Pets are not getting adopted as quickly in the other counties so when we have space and we know the ot…

Together we can save more

We are coming to the end of our fiscal year (July 1 - June 30th) and we have had a wild year.  With the added responsibility for the Appomattox and Pittsylvania shelters this year along with our No Kill Virginia initiative (NKVA) and the greater volume of needs from pets, we have worked harder than ever and it has all been worth it.  We have certainly learned a lot and one thing we have learned is that we are so lucky to have such a special giving community that uplifts us not only to save pets in our own area but enables us to help those in less fortunate areas that don’t have the same level of support. Because of you we are now the largest no kill organization in the entire state of Virginia, helping over 7,000 pets in the past year.
Many of you might have read that we decided to discontinue the contract with Pittsylvania County due to the financial drain on the organization.  Donations and revenue in that area have been less than we thought we could bring in and because the need ha…

Being No Kill is not a given, it takes help!

The Lynchburg Humane Society is not responsible for the Pet Center facility being built and has no part in the County of Pittsylvania taxes or tax increases.  The Lynchburg Humane Society was contracted to run the operations of the new shelter that was built by the County.   Donations to the Pittsylvania Pet Center goes to the Lynchburg Humane Society to cover costs associated with operating the shelter for the county, and as a private 501c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.  All monies raised in Pittsylvania County are kept in Pittsylvania County.
We maybe an “outside” organization but we hired local staff members except for the Shelter Manager who lives in Campbell County and the Community Engagement Supervisor who lives in Pittsylvania County but moved here from South Carolina.  We are saving and helping your pets in Pittsylvania County. We are working with your local vets to treat your community’s homeless animals that come to the center and we are working with local …

Pittsylvania Pet Center- It's a Marathon not a Sprint

We have been operating the Pittsylvania Pet Center for a short 8 months. We have been very transparent from the beginning that we will operate as a no kill facility, which means we do not euthanize healthy or treatable animals and do not euthanize for space, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered a danger  to public safety.
We will not apologize for that or change our views on that. We do not let animals suffer. We have also found ourselves in a situation where some of the community is already angry about the new facility being built. However, the building is there and we are now here to help the community with their pets,whether they need to surrender their pet or they find a lost dog wandering the streets in need of help. We have taken in several owned pets that needed veterinary  care that the person could not afford. The point being, we are here for the community. And with the large increase of intake we see that the community does need us and the Pet …