Lynchburg Humane Society sees overwhelming support for foster program amid pandemic

2020 save rate, foster homes up compared to last year

LYNCHBURG, Va. – While many people found themselves at home during the pandemic, many four-legged friends found new homes thanks to the Lynchburg Humane Society.

Laura Murphy, Adoption Center & Volunteer Manager, said the “save rate” is up 94% compared to last year’s 91%. That’s the percentage of pets the organization brings in and finds homes for.

They’ve also seen an increase in foster homes.

“We are at 3,210, which is pretty spectacular. Last year, [there were] 3,174. So, we’re up, but what’s so spectacular about that is, through this pandemic, people really did want to help and totally came through,” Murphy said.

Staff members urge you to adopt older animals that have been at the Humane Society for a while, particularly during the winter months.

And Dec. 31 marks the end of a special donation drive at the Lynchburg Humane Society.

The organization hosted a $75,000 match challenge in honor of their 75th anniversary.


Proceeds help care for dogs and cats needing new homes.

Murphy says you could donate in memory of a loved one, regardless if they have two legs or four.

“We are really, really hoping that we’re going to hit [the $75,000 goal]. There will be lots of celebrating and tears and everything if we can hit that number. We’re almost there! We’re so close!” Murphy said.

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