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.

It's the biggest local giving day of the year!!

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We are grateful that there are people in this community, like you, who are willing to give them the lifesaving gifts of medical care and a forever home.   When you give online through GiveLocal757, you can be confident that your donation is going to a LOCAL charity run by volunteers, and that your gift will directly benefit the homeless animals at Norfolk Animal Care Center. 

 

We thank you for your generous support. Together we are changing the lives of animals in Hampton Roads!

 
P.S. Join us for a Virtual Coffee Break and help us win an additional $757 for our animals by giving between 9 AM – 10 AM on May 10. Hurry over to the FB event page and RSVP now! 

Every day is a great day at Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC). Medical needs are met – tummies are full – and each day brings a new opportunity for an animal to find their forever home. That is why we’re counting down the days to May 10th and Give Local 757.

Give Local 757 is an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community in just 24 hours.

Tell all your friends and family! Our furry friends need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $8,000! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

 

Get ready to give! On May 10th, starting at 12AM, visit GiveLocal757 and make a donation to Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center. All giving will end at 11:59PM on May 10, so make sure to get your gift in on time.

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To Our fellow Animal Lovers

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When you are inspired to give during the holiday season, or any time throughout the year, please remember the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care (FNACC) and help our four-legged friends at the Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC). Your donation helps animals like 14-year-old Sophia and 1-year-old Donut.

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Meet Sophia. After her elderly owner died, Sophia came to NACC in need of medical attention. She had an upper respiratory infection, fleas, and trouble walking due to her long-hair coat being severely matted. Malnourished, weak, and showing possible neurological symptoms, her prognosis was poor, but the NACC staff felt that placing her in a foster home would allow for a true diagnosis and give her a possible chance at recovery.

Sophia stayed with a NACC staff member and began her treatment, which included medication and the process of slowly removing litter and feces from her paws, which had become severely impacted over the years. Though she was weak and only ate food from hand feeding, Sophia purred and loved laying on a lap to soak up the love and attention.

Her condition improved by leaps and bounds over the next few months — her fur started to grow back, and she gained enough energy to play with her toys again. Her foster parents had fallen in love and adopted her.

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The vet confirmed she is 90% deaf and suffers from mild seizures, which are easily managed with medication. Today, Sophia spends most of her days lounging on her personal heating pad.

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Meet Donut. Found as a stray and in need of medical care, Donut was placed in a foster home while she received treatment. Her medical needs included surgery performed by an internal medicine veterinarian which is quite costly. Thanks to generous donations to Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center, Donut’s surgery expenses were covered in full prior to her adoption, and she is now living a happy life with her rescue cat and dog siblings.

Sophia and Donut’s stories are not new. Because of our generous donors, Friends of NACC has been able to help thousands of animals. including the ones pictured above, through all types of medical care.

 

Your donation of $25 will purchase the kitten formula needed to feed one kitten for an entire month. $50 will subsidize the adoption of a homeless dog, allowing a loving family to take her home. $125 will cover the cost of one of three rounds of a dog’s heartworm treatment. $250 will provide five senior pets in-depth blood panels to help diagnose disease.

Thank you in advance for your gift of a purring, licking, and snuggling life.

Doug Beckmann

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For the past ten years, the dogs at our shelter were given unconditional love by an extraordinary volunteer, Doug Beckmann.  Doug was often the first human to give a forlorn pup the first sense that everything would be alright. He showed even the most challenging dogs that positive human connections could be made, which led to so many being placed in adoptive homes.

The Norfolk Animal Care Center family and the world lost Doug suddenly in April, and he will be deeply missed. He was a leader by example among our volunteer team. Walk one more dog, fold the last blanket, try to connect with a dog who may seem a little skittish – he created that standard at our center.

To honor his memory, donations were collected for the purchase of a pet identification tag machine. We're calling it “Doug-Tags”.  It is available not only for new pet owners and those reunited but for the community, providing an affordable option to identify a lost pet quickly. Something Doug would appreciate. 

Truly heartbroken today, but I know he is walking a leash-biting dog over the rainbow bridge …and wouldn’t have it any other way” –  Bryce, NACC team member.

Stop by NACC today and see all the great work the staff and volunteers do every day. Consider purchasing a Doug-Tag for your pet.  As always, thank you for your continued support!

Pam Hyatt

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Two years ago, Pamela Scott Hyatt died leaving a legacy of music and love, including for her own beloved cats and for the cats at NACC, where she volunteered.

 

Now, the new cat colony room, made possible in part by a bequest Hyatt left to Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center, has been named in her honor. The colony room allows cats to live together in an open space, providing a more home-like environment and allowing social cats to interact.


Hyatt deeply loved her own cats, Oliver and Fritz, and loved to share stories and pictures of them. She adopted one of them from NACC. We are humbled by and grateful for her generosity. 

Gifts like Hyatt's help Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center subsidize adoptions, assist with specialized medical care for sick and injured animals and promote spay/neuter programs in the community.