Lynchburg Humane Society
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Its About The Pets:  Our Humane Campaign

The Lynchburg Humane Societys facility today is unwelcoming and unsustainable for the future of animals in this region.  The environment is unfriendly for the animals and makes it difficult for people to visit and adopt.

The Board of the Lynchburg Humane Society has committed to develop a new humane care and education center.  To make this amazing center a reality, we need the communitys support, your support, specifically.  Please read below the details of where we are today and the positive future we are headed toward. 

Campaign Status: $5.1 million raised toward the
$4.8 million goal. Thanks to a very generous donation of $250,000 from Liberty University!  

We have a new challenge pledge of $25,000 called the Hawkins Challenge that is raising funds for outside play areas for the dogs, something that was not in the original plan.  To give to this fund simply note: Hawkins Challange on the donation.

On September 1, 2014 we will close out the campaign in order to be able to get our donor wall signs created for our opening.   All donations of $1,000 and above will be on our donor wall. Get your donation in now to ensure your name will be a part of this amazing project.

We have naming opportunities available.  Please contact to receive information on what is available.  All donations of $1,000 and above will be on our large donor sign in the main lobby.  Individual animal enclusures, rooms and areas are also available at higher levels.  We do plan on having a light garden outside for lower donation levels so please email for the information. 

Artists rendering of the adoption center that would be in our new building

The Problem

Rust, cracks and mold plague the areas where the animals live, creating an unhealthy and unsafe environment

The institutional looking metal and cinder block building houses so many animals that the odor and cramped living conditions are overwhelming to visitors.  Poor building design limits our volunteer programs and eliminating the chance for educational programs. Space for potential adopters to visit with the animals is limited to outside in the elements or inside the animal cages.  The noise, odor and decay of the property are often a conversation piece for visitors

Over crowding and tight living quarters expose all the animals to disease and germs. There is no suitable area to separate and quarantine the sick animals. The design and structure of the current kennels makes it impossible to properly and thoroughly clean them.  In addition, poor ventilation in treatment rooms leads many animals to contract illnesses. 

The current shelter is an embarrassment.  It lacks the space, the sanitation and the safety required of an animal shelter.  Because of this unwelcoming environment, it is difficult for people to visit and adopt animals. 


The Board of the Lynchburg Humane Society committed to the develpment of a new humane care and education center.  This center will happen for Lynchburg with the communitys support.  When completed the Lynchburg Humane Education and Adoption Center will be an integral part of the fabric of our community.  This center promises:

* To be a nurturing a spacious environment that will support the mental and physical healthy of both animals and visitors.  The new shelter will increase the capacity to care for animals by 147%

* To be the primary tool in creating a NO KILL community.  Without this building we will not be able to accomplish this goal

* To be a beacon of advocacy for the proper and humane care of animals.  As such, this new building will be inviting, well-lit and temperature controlled so that each guest, whether human or animal, is treated with the utmost respect.  

* To be a welcoming and friendly adoption center that provides dogs and cats wtih real life environments.

* To be a safe haven for both sick and healthy animals.  Separate rooms will be used for contagious pets to avoid the spread of disease

*To be a place to promote pet care and welfare.  Specific rooms in the new building have been designed for teaching humane concepts and pet obedience training.  In addition, it will be a space used for community events, summer camps and birthday parties.

View our campaign video to learn more 
click here

Current Construction/Design Status

On December 31st the Lynchburg Humane Society closed on 9.6 acres of land located at 1211 Old Graves Mill Road.  This beautiful property is home to a large pasture, wooded walking trails, a house and a red barn.  We are in the final stages of designing the floor plan and features in our new building and have chosen a contractor to assist us in this project.  Click here to get a closer look at the current design of the new building. 



Current Capital Campaign Status

Under the leadership of Rosemary and George Dawson as Co-Chairs of this campaign and Sara Candler our Vice Chair and Chair of our Leadership Gifts Committee, we are reaching out to major donors and building our committee of private, professional and corporate individuals.  The total amount of this campaign is $4.8 million.  As of September 17th, we have raised $4.3 million through private, public and corporate donations. The quicker we raise the money the quicker we can begin contruction. 

If you would like to make a donation you may send checks to Capital Campaign Lynchburg Humane Society, 3305 Naval Reserve Road, Lynchburg, Va  24501.   Or you may use the Pay Pal link on the side bar and put Capital Campaign in the memo section so we know that you would like the donation to go toward the new building.  For stock donations please  If you would like to make a pledge please download the pledge formand mail it to us at Naval Reserve Road.  

To make a stock donation click here for instructions. All gifts are tax deductible as provided by law, our federal tax id number is: 54-0570901

Thank you Committee Members

Capital Campaign Committee
George Dawson, co-chair
Rosemary Dawson, co-chair
Sara Candler, vice chair
Steve Blickenstaff
Jeanna Chapman
Becky Hawkins
Ted Hunt
Amy MacAvoy
Daniele Mason
Brenda Gray
Phyllis Workman
Makena Yarbrough

Corporate Campaign Committee 
Kathy Graves, co-chair
Mike Madden, co-chair
Steve Blickenstaff
George Dawson
Steve Fullerton
Rie Godsey
Brenda Gray
Ted Hunt
Larry Jackson
Terry Jamerson
Phil Jamerson
Tray Petty
Walker Sydnor

Professional Committees
Kevin Cash, co-chair
Joy Lee Price, co-chair

Dr. Carrington Crawford, chair
Dr. Ryan Anderson
Dr. Mark Blanchette
Dr. Brian McAvoy
Dr. Shep Sittason
Dr. Dan Yeager

Dr. Al Henry, chair
Dr. Jay Harper

If you are interested in joining one of these committees please contact 
Makena Yarbrough at



Donate to our Capital Campaign

  • To mail in a donation send it to Lynchburg Humane, Campaign & Development Assistant, 3305 Naval Reserve Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24501 If you have questions about gifts to LHS contact Lea Morin, Development Assistant at 434-238-3181 or