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Smashing and Setting Goals

One of our organization’s core values is to set goals and smash them. Last year, we smashed all sorts of records, including helping more pets than we have ever helped before.  Our goal was to reach 95% save rate but instead we ended the year with a 96% save rate. Our management team met at the beginning of January and have set up new goals for 2017. 

In 2016 we:
•  took in 3,909 dogs and cats which was 572 more than the year before and more than we have ever helped in a decade
•  brought in 602 pets from other shelters -312 more than last year
•  adopted out 3,251 dogs and cats which was an increase of 32% over last year (784 more)
•  fixed 6,681 pets at our spay/neuter clinic
• served 1,847 children with birthday parties, camps, field trips and other educational activities- 647 more than in 2015
•  oriented 953 volunteers and had 21,550 hours of service
•  reduced our dog length of stay from 25 days to 19 days and cats from 64 days to only 42 days
•  Treated 1,127 shelter pets in our medical center

Over all it was an amazing year and one that this entire community should be very proud of, but stats don’t tell the whole story.

Of the almost 4,000 pets we helped last year, one shines above the others because it touched our hearts; Frank.  Frank is a 12-14 y/o German Shepherd who was at a shelter in NC. A young girl adopted him after being told he only had one more day to live. Unfortunately, when she got him home he didn’t work out so she had to surrender him to LHS. He is as sweet as can be and BIG.  We are treating him for Ehrlichia, a tick disease and he is on medication to lessen his pain due to hip dysplasia. We believe that all life is precious and we are an open admissions facility that doesn’t pick and choose the pets we help. We believe Frank deserves more time and to be in a loving family.   The original adopter saved Frank from certain death and now we can help Frank find a new life here in our area.

New Goals for 2017, In 2017 we want to:

We are always looking to the future on new ways to help this community. With our acquisition of 10 acres next to our current center, with Appomattox County having us manage their shelter, the future is bright and filled with so many possibilities.  Thank you for making it happen.

Here is where we are with Appomattox!  We will keep you informed through out the year. 


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