Mission and Vision

For over fifty years, the LHS has operated as a private, non-profit organization, caring for lost and homeless animals. Last year, we cared for over 2,300 animals. We are a 501c3. By operating the state mandated pound for the city we accept every stray or unwanted animal surrendered to us from the Lynchburg community. We accept those that are easily adoptable as pets, as well as those that need special nurturing from abusive or neglectful experiences. We firmly believe that every animal deserves a second chance and no healthy pet should be euthanized for space purposes. Along with being contracted to run the pound for the City of Lynchburg we also have a regional spay/neuter clinic located in Evington, VA. The spay/neuter clinic serves Lynchburg, Campbell, Nelson, Amherst, Bedford and Amherst Counties. Between 87-94% of our animals go to homes. It is the help of the community that makes our life-saving programs possible.

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

Vision: A community free of homeless and neglected pets

Our New Long Range Plan – 2014 – More information to come on this.

  • Establish regional programs
  • Strengthen Community Awareness
  • Maintain No-Kill Status – increase to 96% live release rate
  • Grow Intervention programs

New 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.

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.

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.

Be generous: Be generous with care, respect, your talents, and time.

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. 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 authentic/transparent: As an organization we strive to be honest, open, and real.

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

Original Long Range Plan – 2010

Orimary 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.