• Yard Sale

    Yard sale time!

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    We’re on the countdown to our HUGE yard sale. It will be this Saturday from 7:30 – 12:00 noon at the Community Market. We have been overwhelmed by your response to our plea for donations. There must be some empty closets and storage rooms in Danville and Pittsylvania County now because our walls are bulging! […]

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  • Critter Chat – March 29,2017

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    In 1996, national animal organizations established seven basic policies for every animal shelter. Over 20 years later, I am not sure what organization led the way, but they were printed in the January-February 1996 Animal Sheltering Magazine of The Humane Society of the United States. Shelters were encouraged to consider these basic essentials of their […]

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  • Easter

    The Easter Bunny is here!

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    We’re ready for the Easter Bunny pictures with pets and/or children! Come to the shelter tomorrow between 11-3 and for $8, receive a 4X6 picture in a holiday frame. Plus, we will e-mail you all the pictures taken during your session. Thanks, Val-Rae, for getting the room ready! (We’re also having an adoption fair and […]

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    Critter Chat – February 15, 2017

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    The way I look at storm drains has significantly changed over the past 25 years.  More cats and dogs than we ever wanted to know about use these storm drains to safely go from place to place, and to get a little bit of perceived security.  I am not exaggerating when I say that more […]

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  • puppies kittens

    New Spay/Neuter certificates available now

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, and going through June 1st, City of Danville residents may pick up $50 spay/neuter certificates for their dogs and cats. Pittsylvania County residents may pick up $25 rebate certificates, which can be combined with the usual County vouchers of $25 (or $40 through February). The certificates must be picked up at […]

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Critter Corner



Years ago, a dignified, elderly golden cat was brought to us by his owners because he was too old and they wanted a kitten.  I thought then how sad it was that they were willing to turn their backs on such a treasure. It is true that older animals have a tendency to have more […]

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Mutt Strut 2010

It is hard to believe that it is Mutt Strut time again.  This event has been held annually since 2001, and remains one of our favorite events.  It gives us a chance to visit with some dogs that have been adopted from the shelter, and also a chance to meet owners who truly love their […]

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As horrible as Hurricane Katrina was, the United States learned some valuable lessons about disasters and animals.  Some people simply refused to leave their homes because emergency shelters do not accept animals.  People all over the country were horrified at the sight of dogs, cats, and other animals being abandoned on the side of the […]

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In January of 2007, I saw an advertisement about a large-scale bird breeding facility that was going to hold an absolute auction due to the poor health of the owner.  The advertisements in trade magazines declared the birds were “proven money-makers,” enraging many groups dedicated to the welfare of companion birds.  Because of our proximity […]

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Note:  Since this column is about an individual dog, you may think he has died.  Let me assure you he is alive and well, but I want to share lessons we can learn from him. Almost six years ago, some people brought a very young Chihuahua puppy to the shelter.  He had a serious wound […]

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Spay / Neuter

In 1984, the Danville Area Humane Society began operating the animal shelter when a contract with the City was signed.  Twenty-six years and over 100,000 shelter animals later, we declare the same truth that we always have – spaying and neutering is the only way to stop the pet overpopulation crisis. Since 1993, we have […]

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News Release


Seeking Information

The Danville Area Humane Society is seeking information in another cruelty case. The body of a small animal was discovered on the side of Highway 58 between the Sleep Inn and Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The animal had been skinned, possibly while still alive, and a bungee cord was tied around the neck. The body […]


New Program

The Danville Area Humane Society is very pleased to announce the expansion of a program that we believe will have positive impact on the animals in this community. We are announcing a need for people to provide foster homes for shelter animals. In 2001, we announced a ten-year plan to reduce the numbers of animals […]


News Conference Statement

Many false statements have been circulated about the Humane Society’s position on the shooting of Killer, the dachshund. We are posting the entire statement read at the news conference. People seem to believe that we supported the original finding, that the shooting was justified. We hope that this statement clears up that misconception. Also, people […]