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About Friends of NACC

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Celebrating a Decade of Success,
Looking Forward to a Future of Impact.

In 2005, a small group of caring citizens banded together with the goal of providing additional medical care for animals in Norfolk’s City Shelter. Thus the Medical Fund for animals was born, spurred by a $750 donation.


This small group lit a spark, encouraging more citizens to get involved and to identify additional ways they could help the city’s homeless pets.

Financial support expanded, participation grew, and in 2008 the organization’s name was changed to Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center.

This evolution signaled broader growth as sponsored programs increased to include not only medical support, but also funding of adoption programs, sponsoring spay/neuter programs, promoting adoption and rescue, and much more.

From the initial six-member Board, Friends has grown to become a 14-member Board with a network of hundreds of volunteers and growing financial resources. The original $750 donation has advanced into an operating budget of nearly $100,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center and community.

But never doubt that the seeds of the early, small start continue to bloom in today’s organization.

Friends continues to be a 100% volunteer effort determined to support the staff of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center and maximize their resources in an effort to provide loving care, safe shelter and forever homes for animals.

While the City of Norfolk provides for the basics—housing, feeding and initial vaccinations, much more help is needed to prepare and place these pets in good homes. That's where Friends of NACC, as a nonprofit 501(c) 3, comes in.

Many animals arrive injured, neglected and mistreated. Our additional support enables staff to give the extra care and attention these animals need. Funds raised are used to market and advertise the shelter's programs, sponsor special adoption events, underwrite a foster program for the most vulnerable, fund medical procedures, support improvements to the shelter, facilities and housing, educate the public about responsible pet ownership, and promote spay/neuter in the community.

A 2015 letter of commendation from former Norfolk City Manager, Marcus Jones, underscores the impact of this dedicated partnership:

The City of Norfolk recognizes the vital contribution that the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center makes to growing and furthering the mission of the Norfolk Animal Care Center. The work you do, the time and energy you contribute, and the knowledge and skills you share improves shelter services for the community…We are proud to partner with you in all that do for the city’s shelter. The hard work of your board and volunteers is a great complement to the dedication of city staff – thank you.”


Together, the staff of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center and the volunteers of Friends strive together to bring a happy outcome for all of Norfolk's shelter animals. To learn more about our programs – including special adoption programs for senior pets, medical care, and fundraisers – and how you can help, click here.

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5585 Sabre Road
Norfolk, VA 23502