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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center Expands Dog Foster Program

NACC seeks loving temporary homes for large and medium dogs

NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) is excited to announce a new foster program for medium and large dogs!  

NACC seeks volunteers to host medium and large dogs in their homes, with support from NACC including food, bowls, crates, toys and any required medication. This program will help minimize shelter stressors that can cause many dogs to act out or misbehave in uncharacteristic ways.  A foster home will allow the dog to behave as he/she normally would, providing invaluable information for marketing the dog to potential adopters. 

If you’re interested, join us at the Norfolk Animal Care Center Thursday, March 7th at 5:30 pm for a program overview. The Center is located at 5585 Sabre Road in Norfolk.  
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.

“It gives us a chance to see what they know how to do and to work on any behaviors that need curbing,” Naylor said. For example, shelter housing and schedules can cause house-trained dogs to have accidents.  Foster home settings allow dogs to show what they may already know, as well as their preferences towards other animals and children. One dog Naylor fostered had barked often in the shelter or turned his back when potential adopters visited. At her home, she said, the dog opened up, playfully interacting with her other pets and bonding with her 5-year-old.

Jennifer Held, Kennel Supervisor at NACC, has fostered several dogs in her home. One, a puppy seized from its owner because of abuse that resulted in amputation of one of its legs, found an adoptive family just a few days after she took him home. Another dog that came to the shelter as a stray was scared of its own shadow, Held said. She took the dog home and fostered her until that dog met a 5-year-old girl – and they became instant best friends. 

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. 

Don’t forget our adoption specials sponsored by Friends of NACC – just $14 all week long in recognition of Homeless Animal Awareness Week. Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center has joined with 13 other area shelters to call attention to homeless animals.
 
With more than 32,000 animals sheltered in Hampton Roads in 2017, it has never been more important to spread the message of adopting from your local animal shelter. Ending animal homelessness can happen if we think “shelters first.”
 
#HR4PETS, #HAAW, and #homelessanimalawarenessweek.

We hope to see you at NACC!  

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