“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!