NORFOLK, Va. - For the second year in a row, a local animal shelter has received a grant that will help its cats.
An $11,000 grant from the Best Friends Animal Society (Rachael Ray Foundation) will help the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC) provide additional support to cats and their owners.
This is the second $11,000 grant since 2020 the society has awarded to the non-profit Friends of NACC.
The grant allows FNACC to provide funding for support to prevent shelter intake such as behavior and training; temporary boarding assistance; reducing fees and increasing spay, neuter, vaccination and microchip resources, and to shorten cats’ length of stay in the shelter. These efforts help NACC decrease the number of animals surrendered to the shelter, as well as support pet retention and community engagement.
In the past year, support from volunteers, donors and FNACC has allowed the shelter to expand its fostering program to include adult cats as well as kittens, and to create a cat group living room where several cats can live with each other in a social and homelike setting.
“We are grateful for the continued support of our community as well as for the generosity of our Friends group,” said shelter Bureau Manager Michelle Dosson.