Norfolk Animal Care Center
is located at
5585 Sabre Road,
just off Lowery Road at
Military Highway near
Broad Creek Shopping Center



Animal Visitation Hours:

Mon Closed
Tues 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thur   2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri   11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat  11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Office Hours:
Monday - Sunday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All photos on our site are of animals that have been at Norfolk Animal Care Center.  Images are courtesy of  staff, volunteers, and adopters.

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Dogs Gone Swimming

 2013 Highlights

You can help us make a difference with programs that support the Norfolk Animal Care Center and the animals it serves.

Norfolk Pet Pantry:

We need food! Be A Fool For Love!

Save money AND help Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center

Kuranda Dog Beds - Rethinking dog beds
Kuranda Dog Beds


Lucchese (formerly Dana)



George & Zeus



Rescue Contacts

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

Pam and Dixie

Take your Pet to Church





“Sit, Stay, Eat” Cookbook is Here!!! 

Book "Signing" & Sales Kick Off Thursday, April 24
at City Hall and at NACC

Filled with mouthwatering recipes and heartwarming stories, our new “Sit, Stay, Eat” cookbook is must for every kitchen! Filled with 250 recipes including favorites from Hampton Roads’ top chefs and notable citizens, there is something for everyone – even the family pet.

Sales benefit Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Join us Thursday, April 24 with our sales kick off at two sites:

Both events start at 10 a.m. and will include some of the animals featured in the book.  Cookbooks are $20 and can be customized at these events with a paw print autograph. In honor of the big debut, the center will offer reduced adoptions through Sunday, April 27.

Although we will be able to accept credit and debit cards, we are encouraging buyers to consider using cash if possible – this will help us keep our costs down so more dollars go to help the Center and homeless pets!

Our cover model “Forrest” is one of the many moving stories from “Sit, Stay, Eat.” This pit bull was just a puppy when he arrived at NACC with a severely broken leg that had to be amputated. After several weeks of healing, Forrest found his footing and his family. His story is featured in the “Tail Wagging Treats” section – sure to be popular with the pets in your pack.

If you are not able to attend either event, you may email to reserve your copy.

$5,000 Award from Banfield Charitable Trust

Stocks Pet Pantry – Helps Families Keep Pets

The Banfield Charitable Trust awarded a $5,000 grant to Friends of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center to buy pet food for the Norfolk Pet Pantry.

The Norfolk Pet Pantry supports seniors and families who cannot afford pet food keep their pets and decreases the number of animals surrendered to local shelters.  Since opening in 2011, the Pet Pantry has helped 223 qualifying pet owners feed 292 dogs and 248 cats with more than 55,578 pounds of pet food obtained largely from donations. 

Pet Pantry patrons come from all over the Southside Hampton Roads area.  Residents needing assistance must apply and must provide verification of income and spay/neuter for each pet.  Low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic information is available at the Pet Pantry.

Click here for details on the Norfolk Pet Pantry program, location, distribution days, application and qualifying criteria. Donations are welcomed at any of the listed drop-off locations.

As a part of our "Surrender Prevention Program,”  the Norfolk Pet Pantry provides dog and cat food to pet parents so that they are not forced to give up their animal companions. 

About Banfield Trust

Banfield Charitable Trust’s mission is to fund or administer programs to keep pets and people together and to facilitate solutions to ensure no pet owner will ever have to surrender their pet.  They offer support for emergency and preventive veterinary care, help struggling pet owners with their pet care needs, and offer grants to pet-related organizations that are providing solutions that get at the root causes of pet surrender.  By focusing on prevention of pet homelessness, their aim is to keep pets out of the overcrowded shelter system and with owners who love them.  Annually, their programs help 250,000 people keep their pets.

2013 Was A Very Good Year!

Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center 2013 Annual Report

Adoptions Program: Subsidized five events which resulted in a total of 341 adoptions

Golden Paws Program: Subsidized discounted adoption rates for senior animals and senior adults resulting in 139 adoptions

Foster Program: Provided funding in support of the NACC foster program which has resulted in over 220 adoptions

Medical Assistance Program: Provided funding for animals to receive special medical treatment to make them healthy and eligible for adoption

Spay/Neuter Program: Subsidized free clinics which resulted in the spay/neutering of 146 Norfolk animals

NACC Support Program: Provided funding for special supplies and equipment to help with animal care and adoptions including micro-chip scanners and cameras

Pet Pantry Program: Distributed over 19,000 pounds of pet food to 217 qualifying families to feed 281 dogs and 241 cats so that they possibly would not have to surrender their pets to a shelter

Infrastructure Improvements: Provided funding for a 2012-2013 infrastructure project that included a welcoming new reception area, additional “meet and greet” rooms, and the prototype of custom state-of-the-art cat enclosures which have received national interest

5th Annual Dogs Gone Swimming Fundraiser and Adoption Event: Raised over $14,000 and provided dogs and humans a day of fun that included swimming (for the dogs), field activities, spay/neuter/shot/ microchip services, and pet care information for all attendees

Thanks for supporting our efforts by donating, adopting shelter animals and spay/neutering your pets.

Onward to an even better 2014 . . .

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Pets for Patriots: Be a Pet’s Hero TM   

Companion Pet Adoption For Service and Veteran Members of the United States Military

Pets for Patriots is a 501(c)(3) charity connecting adult and other at-risk shelter pets with members of the U.S. military. Individuals are eligible to join our program at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces.

By adopting eligible dogs and cats through shelter partners, Pets for Patriots members gain access to ongoing discounted veterinary care and financial support towards the purchase of pet food and other basics.

For more information, click here for the Pets for Patriots brochure. To see a larger version of the flyer, click here.

Petco Foundation Awards Generous Grant to Support Golden Paws and Other Adoption Activities!

Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center has been awarded a $12,850 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund special adoption programs including Golden Paws and other special adoption events.

Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center has been awarded a $12,850 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund special adoption programs including Golden Paws and other special adoption events.

For more information about this generous gift and partnership, please click here to see the press release.

Golden Paws Senior Program

LogoGolden Paws Senior Program assists both senior shelter animals with placement into a new home and also gives senior adopters over the age of 65 an opportunity to adopt a new companion at reduced or even no cost!

All senior pets over the age of 7 will have adoption fees reduced by more than 50% of the regular cost of $75 to $35. This reduced fee of $35 will also apply to any adoption by a senior adopter who is 65 or older. We'll waive the ENTIRE adoption fee if a senior adopts a senior pet. For details, click here.

Wanted:  Foster Families!

kittensWe're looking for volunteers to provide foster homes for shelter animals. Opening your home gives animals the extra care necessary so they may be placed for adoption. Some require temporary foster homes because they are too young for adoption, may have an injury or may need a different environment than the Adoption Center can provide. If you are interested, click here for more information.

Pets for Patriots   


The Norfolk Animal Care Center has many wonderful dogs, cats, bunnies, and other small animals needing to find loving families and forever homes. Please visit the shelter as new animals arrive every day.

Adoptable Dog of the Day
Click here to see more dogs!
Adoptable Cat of the Day
Click here to see more cats!
Adoptable Small Pet of the Day
Click here to see more small animals!





The Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center provide funds for special medical procedures that are needed by NACC shelter animals. This helps improve the animal's health and chances for adoption.

We are so pleased to report that our little Minnow has found a forever home! Thanks so much for your support and contributions which have allowed us to provide medical treatment for our animals in need.

Please help us to continue this important cause by donating to the medical assistance fund here:



Mission Statement: To support

orfolk Animal Care Center in sheltering and caring for Norfolk's stray and homeless animals, to promote and facilitate adoptions, to assist with special medical care, to promote and support spay/neuter in the community and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.