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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


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 old dogs in communities nationwide.


“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 8-year-old Zora the veterinary and dental care she needs so she’ll be ready to go to her forever home,” said Anne Odell, Chair of FNACC. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve."


Zora is one of many great senior dogs that were adopted from Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center under this grant.

For more information about other senior dogs available for adoption, Click here or visit NACC. 

In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 million in

grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.” “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Norfolk are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of FNACC.


The mission of Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center is to support the Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption 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. Click here to learn more about FNACC.

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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