The Lynchburg Humane Society is here to help and we have programs that may help you keep your pet. If you are unable to keep your pet, we offer resources to help you rehome your pet because the best thing for the pet is for it to go directly into a loving home and never come to a shelter.
We understand that life happens and pet owners love their pets and just need some assistance to keep their pet.
Here are some resources that can help:
- If your pet is having behavior problems, see our behavior and training page for resources and to contact our behavior and training team.
- If you are finding yourself in a financial situation, we can help with pet food.
- Low cost veterinary care – we offer wellness exams and vaccines at our spay/neuter clinic.
- Low cost spay/neuter services.
- If you are needing to surrender a litter of kittens or puppies, please take the time to get your female fixed so you don not end up with more in a number of months.
- If you have a feral cat problem, please take a look at our flyers with information on how to deal with this issue. Ferals: thanks but no thanks and Ferals: how to be part of the solution.
If you have decided that there are no other solutions and need to find a new home for your pet, here is what to do first:
- Give us a call or email us so we can get information about your situation and your pet. 434-448-0088 x103
- Use your network – Reach out to friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors to see if anyone might be interested in your pet and ask them to pass it on to their friends, relatives, and co-workers . Email everyone you know and ask them to pass on the email to others. Using your network can often result in finding the right home for you pet, keeping your pet out of the shelter and going directly to another home, which is the best thing for your pet.
- Use social media and other venues to spread the word – Post a picture with a description of your pet on Facebook, local bulletin boards, etc. Ask veterinarians or pet-related businesses if you can post flyers at their facilities.
- We will do a courtesy posting for you on petfinder.com and on our website directing people to contact you about your pet. Just Email us with a photo and information about your pet.
- Post your pet on Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com and the Petco Foundation, an easy and free website that focuses on rehoming pets to keep pets out of the shelters
If you have tried the above tips and are unable to rehome your pet:
Lynchburg Humane Society takes pets from owners by appointment. This ensures that you are given the time and attention you deserve and we have the space and accommodations your pet deserves. It is a tiny price to pay to wait a little bit to save a life. By waiting, you are helping by being part of the solution and allowing us to not to have to euthanize for space purposes. Please work with us and communicate openly, if you cannot wait then be honest, we know life happens waiting is not always an option, but if you can it could make a world of difference. To make an appointment please contact our admissions department at 434-448-0088.
Please bring with you to your appointment:
- Download and fill out the owner surrender form, and either a dog behavior profile or cat behavior profile form.
- All veterinary records
- Any medications your pet is taking
- Any special toys, beds or other belongings from home
- Your continuing care fee:
- $20 – for adult pets
- $40 – for litters of puppies/kittens. We will waive the fee if you make an appointment for the mother to get fixed.
Please communicate with us openly and we can work with you even it if is because you cannot wait or you cannot pay for the continuing care fee.
STOP– If you live in Lynchburg City you must bring your pet to us. If you think it is just easier to drop your pet at another shelter please reconsider and communicate with us before you decide to take your pet to another county. Be educated, you should know what their euthanasia rates are. Click here to go to the State Vets site of statistical reporting for all the animal groups in the state.