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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 …

Time to Change Old Habits

We are so proud of all the wonderful support this community has given the pets in the area.  Because of many factors, including the resource of the new Pittsylvania Pet Center, we have seen 714 fewer pets lose their lives to euthanasia in Danville and Pittsylvania in 2017 compared to 2016. That is something to celebrate! The Pet Center not only saves lives, but it also helps place a higher value on the pets who reside in the region. We provide help to pets and to the people who love them.  
Since July 1st2017, 639 stray and 515 owned dogs and cats have come into the Pittsylvania Pet Center. Of those, 892 went into homes through adoption, original owners reclaiming their pets, or by transferring them to another organization for placement. The PPC only had to euthanize 14 pets since the beginning of July, giving them a 98% save rate at this time.  
These are just numbers; I want to tell you about a dog who was recently surrendered by his owner at the age of 7. He is blind in one eye, has …

Lets be clear on our intake philosophies - PPC

The Pittsylvania Pet Center would like to clear up some misinformation that has been floating around out there. Yes, we take in stray cats. No, we don’t take in healthy feral or wild adult cats; we instead offer free spay/neuter services and a free rabies vaccine. We do accept  mothers (both expecting and nursing), as well as unhealthy or injured cats of all types. If you have a healthy cat suddenly show up on your property, we might advise you to leave it alone and allow it to find its way home. This is because 66% of lost cats will go home if left alone, but only about 2% will find their way home if they are brought into a shelter. If it is unhealthy or injured, you should certainly bring it to the Pet Center so we can nurse it back to health.  

Why do we promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)? The old ways of catch and kill are not working. There are still too many cats in the area living around food sources, and it is time we look at a different way of controlling the population. Catchin…

2017 Year in Review

It’s the time of year when we reflect on what unfolded in 2017. It was a big year, especially since we started managing both the Appomattox and Pittsylvania County shelters. I must admit 
that taking on two shelters in one year, on top 
of starting our No Kill Virginia initiative, was a little much at times. It caused the staff to be stretched thin, and there were a number of major challenges. Now that 2018 is here, we are glad that we have gotten over many of the bumps in the road, and we are ready to tackle any others that come our way.

The Lynchburg’s Center for Pets took in 4,119 pets in 2017; that is 138 more than last year. We were able to help bring 638 pets to safety from at-risk shelters, and we found new homes for 3,188 pets.  

In Pittsylvania, we had 1,075 pets come into the center between July 1st and December 31st. We had a save rate of 98%, with 742 pets being adopted into new homes, or being returned existing homes after they were brought to us as a lost pet.

Our Appomattox…