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We can use many household items to make our animals' stay more comfortable. We're always in need of towels, blankets, and comforters. Canned pet food, non-clumping cat litter, toys, and treats are always welcome. For a complete list of needed items, check out our Wish List. Feel free to share it with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and civic groups!

We are a municipal animal control agency. Our basic financial needs are funded through taxpayer contribution. City funding provides for basic food, shelter, and preventive vaccines. A number of our animals arrive ill, injured, or otherwise in need of additional care. We are fortunate to be able to provide this care through generous contributions to the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center. Financial gifts to Friends of NACC are used to treat heartworm disease in dogs, mend broken limbs, and support shelter adoption efforts.  Please consider a gift to this worthy cause.

Volunteer with dog


Volunteering at the shelter is one of the most rewarding ways to directly help animals during their transition. Positions range from animal caretakers to office help to providing foster care for animals with the greatest needs. Please consider offering your time and talents to make life better for animals who are in transition.

At the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, we understand that much of our work wouldn't be possible without the assistance of volunteers.

Please join us for "virtual" volunteer orientations!
  Held monthly on the 1st Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  & 1st Saturday at 11:00 a.m. 
Email or submit an online volunteer application to get registered!

The Animals

For many animals, the next chapter in their life is a direct result of the contributions of our volunteers. Volunteering is not only rewarding, it's a great way of giving back to the animals who give so much to us.

How You Can HelpVolunteer with shelter cat

Volunteer positions include animal care (cleaning cages, basic training, and TLC), making adoption matches, website and social media, community outreach, and foster care. Your time and talents will make life better for animals who are in transition.

More Information
For more information about volunteering at NACC, please read through our FAQs, then fill out a volunteer form. Attendance to a volunteer orientation is required for most of our positions.