• The Danville Area Humane Society is expanding!

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    The board and staff of the Danville Area Humane Society are thrilled to announce that a $250,000 grant has been received from The E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust to renovate and remodel the oldest parts of the city public animal shelter. The cat room and isolation areas will be renovated and the older dog […]

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  • Santa Claus is coming…to DAHS! No, really!

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Waylaid by the snow, Santa had to turn back last weekend, but have no fear, he’s coming! Santa will be at the Danville Area Humane Society on Saturday, December 16th. Santa Claus will be at the shelter from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your pets, your children, your parents, yourselves and have pictures taken […]

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  • New spay and neuter programs happening now!

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    The Danville Area Humane Society is thrilled to announce two spay/neuter programs. On September 13th and 14th, the PETA mobile clinic will once again be at the Danville animal shelter. This year, 140 surgeries will be performed in those two days. There are still a few openings for dogs, and several for cats, so sign […]

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  • It’s time for our favorite fundraising event!

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Join us at Gentleman’s Ridge Farm on September 30 from 6pm to 10:30 pm and help us raise money for local animals. We will have dancing, live music from The Pizzaz Band, a silent auction, a photo booth (We’ll supply everything but the camera!), vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, and a beer and wine cash bar. Tickets […]

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  • 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 Corner


Critter Chat For March 26, 2014   During a very dramatic staff meeting seven years ago, we named an umbrella cockatoo “Buddy,” even though some staff members thought it was too ordinary a name for such an extraordinary bird.  I was one of those people.  However, other staff members had been calling him that since […]

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Birds of a feather flock from shelter

Birds of a feather flock from shelter Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 7:40 am http://www.godanriver.com/content/tncms/live/godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/lifestyles/article_bf869c6a-4e57-11e3-85b3-001a4bcf6878.htmlBy PAULETTE DEAN Contributing columnist African Grey parrots could be considered the most well-known of the exotic birds. One, Alex, participated in language studies for more than 30 years, and proved he could understand language, not just mimic it. Because of […]

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With care, kindness, smiles animals can rebound

With care, kindness, smiles animals can rebound Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 6:00 am http://www.godanriver.com/content/tncms/live/godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/lifestyles/article_12bd4c6e-4343-11e3-8635-0019bb30f31a.htmlBy PAULETTE DEAN Contributing columnist We have all seen pitiful people. They may have been the awkward student in school who no one would sit beside at the cafeteria table. Maybe they were the homeless person on street. Maybe the pitiful […]

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2013 Goals

My New Year’s Eve celebrations usually come to an end long before midnight. I enjoy time with family members, and then spend time thinking about the year past and the year future. I have usually chosen my theme for the New Year a couple of weeks in advance, so I think about how the theme […]

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Critter Corner By Paulette Dean In early summer, Dr. Richard Wilkes, the State Veterinarian, established a work-group to study the comprehensive animal laws.  The idea for the workgroup came before the last legislative session, but became a reality after the session was a contentious one for animal issues. I was asked to serve on this […]

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Neighborhood Cats

This past Saturday, I was grocery shopping and, as usual, a large portion of my shopping was being done in the pet food section.  A woman who saw my cart filling up with dog and cat food told me she buys cat food every day.  As we spoke more, she told me that she is […]

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News Release


Kitten Thrown Onto Robertson Bridge

For Immediate Release April 12, 2013 Contact:  Paulette Dean (434) 799-0843             The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who threw a four week-old kitten onto the Robertson Bridge. Around 1:15 this afternoon, a woman traveling […]



For Immediate Release April 1, 2013 Contact:  Paulette Dean (434) 799-5306   We are thrilled to invite the public to our one-year anniversary in the E. Stuart James Grant Adoption Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We will celebrate this important milestone by helping animals with reduced adoption fees […]



We now have about 1,800 likes on Facebook, and we appreciate each and every one of you.  We’ve entered a new age in how business is conducted, so we have a challenge for you — On April 6, 2013, we will celebrate our one-year anniversary in our new adoption center.  For that day, we are  […]


Puppy in Plastic Bag

For Immediate Release February 25, 2013 Contact: Paulette Dean (434) 799-5306 The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tied a 4 month-old puppy in a plastic bag and placed the bag in the dumpster on Oak […]