These ‘large and medium’ dogs need loving, temporary homes

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center is seeking loving, temporary homes for large and medium dogs as part of their expanded dog foster program.

NACC needs volunteer who can host medium and large dogs in their homes, with support from NACC including food, bowls, crates, toys and any required medication, according to the center.

The program will help minimize shelter stressors that can cause many dogs to act out or misbehave in uncharacteristic ways.

According to the NACC, a foster home will allow the dog to behave as they normally would, providing valuable information for marking the dog to potential adopters.

Anyone interested in being a part of the program should come out to the Norfolk Animal Care Center on March 7 at 5:30 p.m. for a program overview.

The Center is located at 5585 Sabre Road.

The dog foster program is already underway with current volunteers, but NACC is seeking to grow its number of foster homes capable of accommodating medium to large dogs.

Initial foster periods start at two weeks but can be easily extended, and foster dogs will be eligible for adoption from their foster home, according to the NACC.

Brittni Naylor, an animal caretaker at NACC, said the calm of a home allows the animals a respite from the hustle and bustle of the shelter, and a chance to express their true personalities in a caring, comfortable home setting.

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Melanie Occhiuzzo started her professional journalism career at Southside Daily in June of 2018. She has since become a storyteller for the local community with special interest in anything locally-owned or animal related. You can find her running between meetings, researching the latest dog story online or reporting on the local school systems.