No Kill Virginia


“No Kill” means every healthy and treatable animal is saved.

When we started the NKVA initiative in 2016, an estimated 15,000 pets lost their lives needlessly in the state of Virginia each year. We have the ability, the know-how and the desire to change that. 

The Lynchburg Humane Society is helping lead the charge to create a No Kill Virginia. The NKVA is made possible by The Petco Foundation, in partnership with the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, Best Friends Animal Society, Angels of Assisi and Homeward Trails, these programs will all be geared towards reducing euthanasia in the state of Virginia.

With the help and support of the Petco Foundation, we are assisting with low cost spay/neuter and medical services, transport assistance, training, and mentoring. We also offer consulting services to other shelters in the state. We are developing NKVA support services, building relationships, and coordinating efforts in the state to help save more companion animals’ lives. The programs are on targeted communities throughout Virginia with high euthanasia rates, as well as local areas such as Pittsylvania, Campbell and Amherst Counties needing additional assistance. This NKVA program is a great start, but we are just skimming the top of what is needed in the state.  

Since 2017, we have provided spay/neuter services for 942 pets in the South West corridor of Virginia for free. We have also altered 577 community cats in Amherst and Pittsylvania for free at our spay/neuter clinic.

1,565 fewer dogs and cats were euthanized in the Danville/Pittsylvania communities since 2017.  And 10,850 fewer dogs and cats euthanized in Virginia since 2017.

Without additional resources we can’t help the areas that need it most, like the Tidewater region, the Northwest area of the state, and other areas where thousands of pets are dying each year.

Our pledge and commitment of time and resources is just the beginning of what is needed to make a lasting difference in how Virginia pets are regarded. Please consider making a donation to help us reach a NKVA by 2020.

If you are a shelter or organization that would like to learn more about the NKVA programs, get involved as a partner organization to help others, or would like to benefit from the programs,  please contact [email protected] or call 434-448-0088 ext. 115.

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Petco Foundation has granted over $500,000 since 2014. Petco Foundation’s generous funding has helped save thousands of needy and homeless pets.

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