Did You Know? How the Lynchburg Humane Society is funded.

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“Did you know” is a new educational series on our blog!

We are starting a new educational series about the Lynchburg Humane Society and animal welfare in general.  Each week we will be bringing you a new “Did You Know?” article in the hopes to answer a lot of those frequently asked questions we receive.

How is the Lynchburg Humane Society Funded?

To kick off this new series, we are answering one of our most asked questions…” How is the Lynchburg Humane Society funded?”.  

First, it is important to know that we are a private non-profit and not affiliated with national organizations like the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States.  

Over 50% of our funding to save pets comes from Donations and Grants

As you might have guessed, most of our funding to save the pets in our care comes from donations. These donations come from people like you that believe that pets deserve a second chance, or even a first chance when it comes to our neonate kittens and puppies that just came into the world and need extra care to survive.  We also receive grants to help us with new programs and additional lifesaving.  We are lucky enough to also receive bequests from kind people who left the Lynchburg Humane Society in their wills.  All these examples, make up over 50% of our funding.  So, you can see how important your donations are to our mission. The fees we charge for adoptions, spay/neuter surgeries, etc. make up about 34% of our funding.

Our relationship with the City of Lynchburg

We also receive funding from the City of Lynchburg to fulfill their state mandated public shelter requirements for Lynchburg.  This accounts for about 16% of our funding.  Pets from the City of Lynchburg account for a little more than 50% of our annual intake and include pets that are required to be held for health department quarantines, are awaiting court hearings, and of course stray pets and pets surrendered by their owners who live in Lynchburg. None of the City’s funding is used for no-kill programs like spay/neuter, medical care, foster program, etc. 

Every penny that we raise, whether through donations, grants, fees, or City funding goes to help the pets.  

Thank you for helping us save pets!

We think it is important that our community understands that when they donate to help the pets at LHS, they are the helping us fulfill our largest monetary way we save the pets, help pet owners keep their pets, and operate our no-kill programs! Thank you for supporting us to help pets in our community and beyond! 

We were adopted! December 26th – January 1st

Pets that found their families right before the New Year!

Happy 2023! So many great pets found happiness this past week. One of these pets is Motor! Motor is a sweet boy that is just over a year old and he found his happiness right before Christmas Day.

We’re so glad he got to spend the holidays at home. The best part is that Motor hit the jackpot with his new family, he has four new dog siblings! We can’t wait to hear updates on how he’s doing.

Thank you to our sponsors at Terry Subaru for making matches like this possible.

Adopted Pets from December 26th through January 1st

Cats that were adopted:

Adonis, Agua, Babushka, Candy Crush, Cassiopea, Christine, Damon, Derby, Floyd, Granny Smith, Grayson, Indigo, Jaq, Nadia, Neil Patrick Harris, Penelope, Rocket, Rosita, Sampson, Sopapilla, Tobias, Togepi, Tracker

Dogs that were adopted:

Button, Dipper, Ember, Flynn, Jack Frost, Kushion, Marshmallow, Motor, Peanut, S’mores, Sparkle, Spruce, Sterling, Vision

We were adopted! December 20th-25th

Over 65 pets were adopted last week before Christmas!

Over 65 pets found happiness in the last week of our Operation Silent Night adoption special bringing the total number for the special to OVER 100 pets finding happiness! One of the pets that went home this week was staff favorite, sweet girl Dallas.

Dallas was loved by so many of our staff here at LHS, but now she’ll be loved unconditionally by this family of 6! They say they already love her so much, and we are so happy that she and her new family got to spend Christmas together.

Thank you so much Fran Briley for sponsoring Dallas’ adoption fee, it made her transition into her new home that much more exciting! We’d also like to thank our sponsor Terry Subaru for playing such a big role in making these adoptions happen!

Adopted Pets from December 20th through December 25th

Cats that were adopted:

Alvaro, Andy, Ariel, Biscuits, Cindy Lou Who, Cleo, Concord Grape, Corky, Coruscant, Cromwell, Doppelganger, Dorothy Hodgkin, Drifter, Gus, Hagatha, Kiara, Lilly Beth, Macaroni, Menchi, Mogwai, Mohawk, Mr. Milo Reda, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. Weasley, Olive, Pinky, Queen Elsa, Rosita, Sagebrush, Shore, Sketchers, Sonne, Stripe, Swart, Tag, Thumbelina, Toadette, Tortuga, Unicycle, Xander Harris, Yams, and, Zira

Dogs that were adopted:

Ainsley, Bella, Bernadette, Boots, Crowley, Daisy Mae, Dallas, Doughboy, Ezri, Forester, Kanga, Lilly Rose, Little Debbie, Milady, Nannie, Outback, Paw Humbug, Roxanne, Ryder, Sandy Claws, Sue Bell, Teddy, Bear, Tinsel Tail, and Zuri

Pumpernickel Gets a Brother

LHS Alumni Pumpernickel visited this weekend

Remember Pumpernickel? She was the pup we transferred in from another shelter who was battling a severe skin condition and had masses in both of her ears making it so she couldn’t hear in 2020. Pumpernickel, after many surgeries and lots of care was officially adopted in August 2021. This past weekend we got a very happy visit from Pumpernickel and her parents (who were also her fosters) and Pumpernickel got a brother for the holidays! Our boy Duke was a great match for Pumpernickel and her parents and got adopted into the most loving family. We are so happy for all four of them and can’t wait to hear updates.

We were adopted! December 12th – 19th

An update after the first half of our Operation Silent Night Adoption Special!

Kanga’s puppy Pooh getting adopted!

Over 50 pets found happiness this week and went home during the first half of our Operation Silent Night Adoption Special! With Operation Silent Night, VIP pets have half off adoption fees and all other pets have adoption fees reduced to $25!

Many of the sweet pets that went home this week were puppies from the three sweet mama dogs that have been in our care, Pleiades, Subaru, and Kanga. All three of these mamas and their litters of puppies were transfers in from other counties! Subaru and Pleiades came from the same property in Charlotte County where they were living outside in poor conditions with their puppies and were finally able to be saved by us and brought inside at the Center for Pets. Almost all of their sweet pups have been adopted and these two super sweet moms are here at LHS looking for fosters or adopters to take them home.

Kanga found her way to LHS as a transfer from our friends at Bedford County Humane Society. They found themselves full and Kanga had just given birth the day before. Thanks to our awesome foster team and foster community she was able to raise her puppies in an LHS foster home! All of Kanga’s sweet pups are now adopted and this beautiful mama is here at the Center for Pets waiting to find her own happiness.

Adopted Pets from December 12th through December 19th

Cats that were adopted:

Batcat, Beyonce, Boo Boo, Cash,Espurr, Fiesta, Figaro, Floyd, GeeGee, Gizmo, Hibachi, Ivan, Malone, Miranda, Moses, Mr. Whiskers, Muffin, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Pumpkin, Tie Dye, Tigra, Tom Tom, Vinnie

Dogs that were adopted:

Bluebell, Christopher Robin, Crosstrek, Darla, Delilah, Dove, Duke, Eeyore, Hunter, Impreza, Legacy, Luigi, Mario, Marlo, Milwaukee, Monk, Pooh, Rabbit, Rarity, Roo, Santa Paws, Solterra, Tigger, Tucker, Tucker, Zeus

Click here to view our current adoptable pets!