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Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center

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


Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center (FNACC) gives Hampton Roads residents the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of homeless pets. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit created to support the important work of the Norfolk Animal Care Center. Learn more about our mission, what we do, and the many ways you can help.

Senior Dogs at Norfolk
Animal Care
 & Adoption Center Fetch Grant

Norfolk, VA – Old dogs have something to wag about this summer!

The Grey Muzzle Organization just announced the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Norfolk Animal Care Center are among the winners. We are thrilled that Friends of NACC is one of 90 animal welfare groups chosen from 370 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. “This grant will help us keep senior dogs in their homes with their families, by creating a fund that can be distributed to pet owners who are struggling to afford medical care, behavior help, or pet deposits. Eligible pet owners will participate in a consultation with a Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center team member to determine their need for assistance and the likelihood that such assistance will result in the pet staying in the home. Once qualified, funds will be distributed directly to the veterinary care provider, trainer, or landlord. The intended outcome is a reduction in senior dogs surrendered due to cost of medical care, behavior concerns, or pet deposits.

The national nonprofit, The Grey Muzzle Organization, improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. For details, please visit

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A HUGE thank you to all our donors.  Because of your generosity and loyalty to our cause, we were able to exceed our goal of $10,000 for the animals at NACC.  

Your generosity allows us to continue to fund and subsidize the following important programs: Pet Adoptions, Golden Paws, NACC Fostering, Medical Assistance, Spay\Neuter Clinics, NACC Support and the Pet Pantry. Click here for more information on these and other programs.

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NACC's Pet Pantry

NACC, along with Friends of NACC run the area's only free pet food pantry.


Do you have some spare unopened bags of cat and/or dog kibble? We are more than happy to take them! Our pet pantry serves as a free resource to help those in need of temporary assistance feeding their pets. Sometimes our stock gets a little low.  Drop your donations off at NACC - 5585 Sabre Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.  Call ahead for shelter hours (757) 441-5505.

NOTE: Only unopened bags of food can be accepted.  If you have opened bags of pet food, consider reaching out to area dog and cat rescue's. They may gladly accept and appreciate them.

If you are struggling to feed your pets, we can help! Click here to get more information about NACC's mobile pet pantry and how you can obtain free food to help get you and your pets through tough times.


The Board is pleased to share with you our Annual Report for 2021 which reviews our Mission-focused programs.


During 2020 and 2021, the years affected by covid, we adjusted our approaches to fund raising and serving the Animal Care Center. We continued our programs to care for Norfolk’s stray and homeless animals and also provided funds for improvements to the Center.  Our specific programs to support the animals are highlighted in the Annual Report. Our improvements to the Care Center included working with TowneBank to wrap the new mobile van, providing outside shades for the dogs’ play yards, purchasing a tag machine so lost pets could be identified and go home, providing pet waste stations throughout the property, purchasing chicken coops, obtaining a pressure washer and supporting staff appreciation events.


We are proud of our ability to contribute to the community and to permanently and positively affect the lives of many needy animals in Norfolk. We thank those who have provided support to us and welcome those who would like to volunteer to support our programs.


Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center Board


2021 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report Coming soon!

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