Norfolk animal shelter needs temporary foster homes and increased adoptions for animals amid COVID-19 concerns

As COVID-19 concerns affect the Hampton Roads Region, the Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center (NACC), 5585 Sabre Road, will suspend adoptions of animals from its shelter.

City officials say NACC will be a part of the closure of all city buildings to the public from Monday, March 16- Monday, March 30.

As a result, the city is asking for immediate help this weekend from residents to find permanent adoptive homes for as many animals as possible, and for temporary foster homes for any remaining dogs.

City workers say to help place or return home as many animals as possible, adoption fees have been discounted to $20 through Sunday and reclaim fees will be waived from now until the end of the city closure.

“Our focus is on reducing the overall number of animals housed in our shelter,” said Michelle Dosson, Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center Bureau Manager. “We will be operating without any volunteer assistance during the city closure. Our volunteers report for multiple shifts daily to help care for the pets in our shelter. That’s why it’s so important for us to find permanent or temporary homes elsewhere for as many animals as possible.”

NACC will work closely with animal protection officers and residents to manage animal intake during this closure. However, workers say they expect the number of animals in the shelter to rise.

If you cannot provide a permanent home for an adoptable animal, there is an opportunity to volunteer as a temporary foster through the Dog Foster program. This program allows anyone to take a shelter dog temporarily. NACC will provide crates, food, and any needed supplies to foster families.

“Our dog foster program is a year-round program that helps us free up kennel space, provides enrichment for the dog and reveals important information on how an individual animal does outside of the shelter. In this case it also allows us to prepare for anticipated pressure that COVID-19 is putting on our community, shelter, and pets,” said Jenn Held, Dog Foster Program Coordinator.

If you are interested in helping and hosting a shelter dog temporarily, email nacc@norfolk.gov with your interest and contact information.

Regular NACC Adoption hours are:

Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday- Thursday 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

You can reach the shelter at 757-441-5505

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