Due to the recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases, LHS has made the decision to pause the volunteer program until further notice. This decision was made to protect the health of our staff, public, pets and everyone we serve. Thank you for your understanding and for respecting the importance of keeping everyone safe at this time.

Your service is very important to our organization. We will update you with any changes as to when we will resume volunteer services. I would like to thank each of you for all of the time that you contribute to the pets and please reach out via email ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns. Please stay safe and well.


Lynchburg Humane Society Staff


Want to volunteer at the Lynchburg Humane Society?  To qualify you must be at least 16 years old, have a love for pets, and a desire to help.  After filling out the appropriate applications below, you will complete a digital orientation and sign up for a First Day Shift to meet the Volunteer Coordinator, receive your Volunteer Lanyard, take a tour of the building, and ask any questions you may have before beginning. 

Please click on the volunteer program that best fits your needs:

If you would like to volunteer at the Appomattox Center, please fill out the application below:

  • Appomattox Center Volunteer Application (this link is temporarily unavailable)

Group Projects Ideas

For questions about volunteering at the Lynchburg shelter please contact [email protected].

Volunteer Training Fee (does not apply to foster volunteers)

As part of the volunteer application process, we require a one-time volunteer training fee of $10 ($25 for CSER & Court/ School Ordered Volunteers) to help offset the costs of administrative processing, training materials, applicable background check fees, your volunteer badge, volunteer program maintenance, and other costs that leave a footprint in our finances so more can go toward animal care. We hope it is a small price to pay for wagging tails, sloppy kisses, purrs, and warm feelings every time you volunteer!  For your convenience you can pay your volunteer fee online.

Volunteers also receive 10% off all purchases in our retail store in addition to continued educational opportunities at the Lynchburg Humane Society.