Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center join Give Local 757

The group supports the efforts of the city’s animal shelter. You can help the organization reach their goal of $8,000 for Give Local 757.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk group is helping a city animal shelter make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

“Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center is the fundraising arm for the Norfolk City shelter,” said Tammy Dodson, who sits on the group’s board of directors.

“It just started with a bunch of animal lovers, and it grew with more… it gives me goosebumps… it grew with more animal lovers,” Dodson said. “Animals need extra-special surgeries or extended care or if we’re overcrowded, we need foster families, and we can help support those efforts.”

Jennifer Held is an office manager at the Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC).

“All the strays that are in Norfolk, that’s where they come from,” Held said. “We have four chickens right now. We have dogs, cats, we had 30 iguanas at one point.”

“We obviously try to provide the best care here at the shelter — medical care, in particular,” Held said. “But sometimes we have these cases where it’s over $1,000, $2,000. And that’s where the ‘friends’ come in and help us get the best possible care.”

Dodson said many animals arrive at the center injured, neglected and abused.

“I know firsthand that they see a lot of things, and some of them are kind of tragic,” Dodson said. “They’re doing their best not to euthanize anyone, anything. We wanted to help offset that somehow, so we don’t have to euthanize one more animal. .”

NACC could still use items like toys, blankets, and cat and dog food for their pantry. Visit the center’s website to learn more about in-kind donations.

Check out the center on Facebook to learn more about volunteering, promoting and viewing adoptable animals.

Through Give Local 757, you can help the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center reach their $8,000 goal as well as many other organizations that give back to our area. Click here to donate until May 10.

Nonprofit organizations still have time to participate before the big day. Click here to register.

Benjamin M. Yerger