Did you know? Your lifesaving donations are doubled through year-end.

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Author: Jill Mollohan, Executive Director

Did you know right now your donations are doubled?

End of year giving is vital to the Lynchburg Humane Society to continue helping nearly 10,000 pets per year and over 7,000 people.  That is why some wonderful supporters came together and pledged to give a total of $100,000 and are challenging the community to donate and have their donations matched. 

That means your donation is doubled from now until December 31! Your donation will help twice as many pets!

Your support will help us save pets like Athena and her kittens.  Athena’s owner reached out to us for help, he had become overwhelmed with too many cats and not able to tend to their health needs.  Athena came in with some of her housemates who were all sick with severe upper respiratory infections.  Athena though, was pregnant and both of her eyes had ruptured from illness and infection. Once she had her kittens, she was too weak and sick to care for them at first.  With care from staff and a loving foster home, the kittens were cared for and Athena was treated for her illnesses.  And look at Athena now with her beautiful kittens!  Even though Athena is blind now, she is a great mom to her kittens and they all deserve a loving home.  They are still under our medical care, but will be available for adoption soon!   Without your support, we cannot continue to help pets like Athena and her kittens survive and get their second chance at the life they deserve.

Please donate now through December 31 to help twice as many pets!

We were adopted! August 22nd-28th.

Rockette was adopted after spending over 300 days in the shelter.

If you’ve come to LHS to take a dog on a Petcation in the last year or so, you probably know Rockette! Rockette is our sweet one-year-old mixed breed girl that loved going on Petcations, playing with her dog friends, and getting all the attention.

Despite her popularity, Rockette spent quite some time in our care…until this past weekend! Rockette finally found her family and was adopted this weekend during our Clear the Shelters Adoption Special! We’re so excited for this match, and even better, this girl who LOVES other dogs went home with a dog sibling! Check out below for the other pets that got adopted last week:

Pets that were adopted August 15th through August 21st.

Cats that were adopted:

Ada, Amy Wong, Anchovy, Annalise, Ariel, Austin, Beholder, Bulbasaur, Button, Cece, Chai, Chirp, Classic, Cuckoo, Julien Baker, Kahlua, Kumquat, Leona, Lisa, Lucas, Lucy Dacus, Maiden, Mary Berry, Meridian, Mozart, Mushroom, North, Olive, O’Malley, Oyster, Paul Hollywood, Pepe, Phoebe Bridgers, Pocket Watch, Pirate, Presley, Pumpkin, Roger, Saturn, Solarus, South, Spiffy, Time Piece, Today, Vance,  Winky, Yesterday, Zucchini

Dogs that were adopted:

Athena, Avery, Beleram, Bentley Jet, Cleo, Elijah, Fiona, Ham, Hijinx, Lil Woozie, Molly, Natasha, Prue, Rockette, Shark Boy, Sofia, Timber, Waffle, Yogurt

Did you know? It’s easy to foster at the Lynchburg Humane Society!

Author: Miranda Ward, Community Pet Coordinator

Fostering a Cat or Dog in Lynchburg, Virginia

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The Lynchburg Humane Society serves upwards of 10,000 pets each year, including the operations of our Center for Pets, our Spay/Neuter Clinic, our rehoming services, and our lost pet services. Did you know that around 2,000 of these pets are underage kittens and puppies? This is where our foster team and our amazing community of volunteer foster families comes in!

We are always searching to grow our foster community in order to help further our life-saving mission. Here are some FAQs about fostering if you’ve been thinking about getting started!

How do I become a foster?

A: You start by applying here. Once we’ve received and approved your application, you’ll receive an onboarding email from us teaching you how to join our foster Facebook page which is the best place to learn about fosterable pets. You can also send us an email at [email protected] and ask which pets are available for a match.

How much does it cost to foster a pet?

A: Nothing! Fostering is completely free. LHS provides all of the supplies, medication, and equipment it takes to care for your foster pet. We also provide all of their medical care right here at the Center for Pets with our wonderful Medical Team. You are never obligated to buy or pay for anything.

Where do the food and supplies come from for the foster program?

A: We receive a lot of our supplies from in-kind donations from our generous community! When a community member’s pet switches food, has too many toys, or blankets, they often will drop them off here to help our lost and homeless pets at LHS. LHS also buys hundreds of cans of wet food and upwards of 10-20 bags of dry food per week which is possible because of our wonderful supportive community of donors. 

Do you only need fosters for kittens?

A: Nope! We offer different kinds of placements for all sorts of pets. We need lots of kitten fosters for sure, but we’re also always looking for foster families for pregnant and nursing cats and dogs, puppies, and adult cats and dogs (and the occasional rabbit, guinea pig, ferret, or other small pet!) 

How long do I keep a foster pet?

A: It depends! If you want a shorter term placement, we offer emergency one night foster placements for pets that come in that are too small to stay by themselves in the center overnight. The next shortest term is a program called Tutoring for adult dogs to get out for a weekend and relax! After that, there are underage kittens or medical kittens that may only need care for a week or two. If you want to keep a pet for a long time, underage pets like neonates have an average stay of 3-8 weeks. Pregnant and nursing pets have an average stay in foster of 2-3 months. If you just can’t bear the thought of giving a pet back once you take them home, we also offer long term hospice fostering, which is a great way to give back, especially for people who would be interested in adopting but may not be able to afford the cost of care for medically complicated or senior pets. If you’re more of a go with the flow type, some of our medical and behavioral cases have no set limit and are just in foster until they are ready for adoption!

What do I have to do?

A: To foster, you need a place to keep the pet isolated from any resident pets. We often provide playpens and crates to help with this, but bathrooms and walk in closets work great for small pets like kittens. You just have to feed them, love them, play with them, keep them and their space clean, and come back for appointments as needed! 

Become a foster at the Lynchburg Humane Society!

If this blog encouraged you to apply, let us know in the notes on your application! We are excited to welcome you into the foster community and have you join us in this fulfilling mission to help save and care for our neediest pets. 

Did you know? At The Lynchburg Humane Society, FeLV+ cats find happiness, too!

Author: Amber Cabell, Senior Manager of Operations

What is FeLV?

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Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV,. is an autoimmune disease that weakens a cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to germs and bacteria and increasing their risk for more severe secondary illnesses such as Feline Upper Respiratory Infection. 

FeLV is contagious to other cats and can be shed in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and the milk of a nursing FeLV+ cat. For this reason, it is not recommended for FeLV+ cats to live with cats that do not have the virus. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for FeLV and cats that have the virus will have it for life. Because of this, FeLV+ cats are euthanized at shelters across the country every day. 

The Lynchburg Humane Society places FeLV cats into loving adoptive homes

Chili, an FeLV+ cat who came in with kittens! Her and all of her kittens are now adopted into loving homes.

12 FeLV+ cats found happiness 2022 and 19 so far in 2023! 

FeLV+ cats can live normal, happy lives for several years and, at LHS, we believe that that time deserves to be lived out comfortably in a home and with the love of a family. So, we have dedicated the Blue Sunroom in our front lobby to our FeLV+ cats and have reduced adoption fees to help get these amazing felines out of the shelter and into those homes as quickly as possible.

But don’t take our word for it. Stop by and visit the Blue Sunroom cats today and let them show you for themselves!

Did you know? What it’s like to work at the Lynchburg Humane Society.

Author: Michelle Thomas, Director of Development

A look into our work at the Lynchburg Humane Society

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Inevitably when I tell someone what I do for a living, they react with a little awe and envy, and usually say, That must be the coolest place to work, I am so jealous!    Well, it absolutely is, but it is also one of the most emotional places to work.  Here are a few things I wish you knew about what it is like to work at LHS.

They say one’s true character is revealed in the things they do when no one is watching.  Nothing could be truer here at the Lynchburg Humane Society.  As I enter my third year at LHS, I noticed a few themes and consistencies in the work done at our Center for Pets.

Working at an animal shelter

Animal Welfare jobs are simultaneously the most rewarding AND the hardest work one could do.  Here at LHS some sixty employees help over 9,000 pets annually.  Think about that…that is a lot of helping!  On any given day, there may be 900 pets in our care, whether here at our Center for Pets, or in our amazing network of over 500 fosters.   This work can be grueling and there is never a sense of completion, there is always more to be done.  Yet our incredible staff shows up, day in and day out, and they work long hours, cleaning, feeding, walking, and caring for so many lost and homeless pets.  Below are some images of the work we do and how caring staff is, even when no one is watching. 

One of my favorite times of the day is in the evening when I can finally sit down and scroll through our company intranet chats, this is where we all post really important messages for one another, but also where we post the silliest, goofiest, cutest, and most loving moments of the day.  Our hard-working, dedicated staff, who have already worked 8, 10, 12 hours will enter the chat to share and celebrate a pet they worked with.  They truly are never not thinking about the pets.  You would rightfully be jealous of this part of the job!  It is a privilege to work here and we couldn’t do any of it without our supportive community of donors, volunteers, fosters, friends and all those cheering us on when we meet for the first time.