Mission and Vision

For over fifty years, the Lynchburg Humane Society has operated as a private, non-profit organization, caring for lost and homeless pets. Last year, we cared for 4,119 pets and 95% of the pets went to new or existing homes. We are a 501c3, as well as a No Kill Humane Society, where we firmly believe that no healthy or treatable pet should be euthanized. By operating the public shelter for the City of Lynchburg, and Appomattox, we accept the stray or unwanted pets surrendered to us from those communities. We also have developed a more regional/state level focus. In 2017 we helped 638 pets from other public shelters that otherwise may have had a negative outcome. We accept those that are easily adoptable as pets, as well as those that need special nurturing from abusive or neglectful experiences. Along with our Center for Pets, we also have a regional spay/neuter clinic located in Evington, VA. The spay/neuter clinic serves Lynchburg, Campbell, Nelson, Rockbridge, Appomattox, Bedford, and Amherst Counties. It is the help of the community that makes our life-saving programs possible.

Mission: Help pets in need through sheltering, adoption, education, spay/neuter, and community outreach.

Vision: A community free of homeless and neglected pets

Our New Long Range Plan

  • Establish regional programs
  • Strengthen community awareness
  • Maintain No-Kill status
  • Grow intervention programs

Core Values for the Lynchburg Humane Society

Smile, say yes: We are building a culture of finding ways to say yes to each other and to customers/clients. Be generous with care, respect, share your talents, and time.

See it, fix it, do it, own it: We shouldn’t ignore problems or complain – we should fix it. Talk is cheap, the solution is in the action, and so just do it! Be responsible and own it. Go above and beyond.

Speak: Speak for those that can’t speak for themselves; they depend on us to represent them. Speak if you have a suggestion that can impact lives. Speak and communicate with each other and the community with respect and courtesy. As an organization we will Speak with honesty and strive to be authentic and transparent.

Play: An unexercised dog is cranky and poorly behaved. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Get your fun in and enjoy what you do! Work can be a fun place to be.

Glitter: Glitter? What? Well it is extraordinary, it delights, it sparkles, it makes an impact, and it sticks around longer than intended – just glitter.

Have goals and smash them: As an organization we have goals, and we will work together to smash those goals. As individuals we have goals, both personal and professional. We would like to hear about our staff goals so we can help them smash their goals as well. Because we are innovative and progressive, mistakes happen, especially when you are pushing yourself, so strive to be different and be ok with failing once in a while.

Assume the best: Trust one another and assume that most people are good and care as much as you do. If you have doubts, ask and find out the answers, but always try and go to a place of trust and assuming the best first.

Be worthy of high esteem: This community has given us a gift; be worthy of that gift.

Original Long Range Plan – 2010

Primary goal: By 2015 all saveable pets sheltered by the Lynchburg Humane Society are given the medical and behavioral treatment they need to be placed in caring homes.

The following are some of the main focuses and goals of the organization for the next 5 years:


  • Increase adoptions by 10% each year for the next 5 years
  • Increase redemption rate so more owners find their lost pets


  • Research feasibility of, and community support for, a new shelter or renovations of the current location to improve the living environment of the animals and create an environment conducive to saving more lives.


  • Feral cat plan to reduce the population of feral cats in our community in conjunction with a resource for people wanting to help with the problem
  • Targeted spay/neuter to reduce the number of cats and pit bulls in our community

It would be great to accomplish these goals before 2015 and we can only do that if the community supports these efforts. Please consider being apart of the solution in creating a better place for the pets in the community by volunteering, adopting and donating.