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.

In Memoriam - Doug Beckmann


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!

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As Chair of the Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center Board, I would like to share with you our Annual Report for 2020. We have been building our resources and community outreach over the last several years and are proud of our ability to contribute to the community and to permanently affect the lives of many needy animals in Norfolk.


Please take a look at what we are doing.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support to the Norfolk Animal Care Center,

Anne Odell, Chair

Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center


2020 Annual Report

A Tribute to one of our volunteers - Pam Hyatt

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.

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Ever wonder where your donations go and what they're used for?  Check out this YouTube video from Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center.

If you're not on our mailing list, you've missed out on receiving this beautiful card and message.  Join our mailing list and let us hear from you.  If you would like to contribute to our year-end campaign, select the donate button below.  Your gift really can make a difference in the life of a shelter animal.

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This holiday season, the animals helped at Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) are grateful for people in this community, like you. Your generosity has enabled 3,200+ animals access to the life saving gifts of medical care and the loving shelter of a forever home.

Meet Bella — a 9 year old beagle who was  brought to NACC by animal control with open bleeding, infected wounds on her front limbs. After

several days in the hospital, she was returned to NACC. Bella was terrified, not eating, and not wanting to be touched. On top of this, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

The knowledgeable and caring staff at NACC worked together to keep her wounds clean, administer medication, and show her love. Slowly, she came out of her shell and started to show her sweet personality with consistent tail wagging and finally, that beagle howl! Soon after, she was adopted by a loving couple. Bella’s story is not unique. Because of our generous donors, Friends of NACC has been able to help thousands of Bella’s pals 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.

Take time now to make a plan for your pet in case you get sick.  Click here to see the full press release from the Norfolk Animal Care Center. Ensure that your beloved companion animal will be cared for while you recover.

To help ensure that the Norfolk Animal Care Center has the critical supplies needed for fostering, overflow vet care, and community support like emergency boarding for owned pets, please consider making a donation to the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center by clicking the Donate button below.  Or, consider purchasing an item or two from the NACC Amazon Wish List by clicking the Wishlist button below.  These items will then be conveniently delivered directly to the shelter.


The business of animal sheltering carries on during this and any other emergency.  Strays, surrenders, sick and lost animals are still coming into the shelters and they must be cared for.

Thank you for your continued support!

Kitten Season is upon us!  Do you know what to do if you find kittens?

Sometimes doing what you think might be right may in fact not be right at all.  Please use this graphic as a guide for making the best decision when you find kittens out in the wild.


We all want to feel like we are helping. In some cases, doing nothing can be the best decision.

Keep a watchful eye over the kittens and know when it's time to take action or call for help.

These same guidelines can be used for puppies as well.

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Senior Dogs at
Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center Fetch Grant!!


Norfolk, VA – Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center (NACC) are among the winners.


Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center (FNACC) in Norfolk is one of 62 animal welfare groups chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The groups received a total of nearly $419,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk older dogs in communities nationwide.  Click here to read the entire press release.

Adoptable Pets of the Day
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FNACC makes no assertions about the availability, behavior or condition of any animal.

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With your generous donations, together we can change the lives of animals in Hampton Roads.

Amazon Wishlist


Take the guesswork out of knowing what to donate to NACC.  Click on the Amazon wishlist button below and review NACC's list of needed items. Simply choose an item or two, place your order and they'll be conveniently delivered directly to the shelter.


How easy is that!

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and 0.05% of your purchase price will be donated to 
Friends of NACC


Register your Kroger Rewards card and make a donation just by shopping!

  Learn more here.

You can also make a one time or recurring donation through Network for Good.


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5585 Sabre Road
Norfolk, VA 23502