Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center extends shelter hours as kennels fill to capacity

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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 13:59:40-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center currently has a critical need for adoptions, as the warmer weather means the shelter's kennels are filling.

According to the NACC, there is limited space left in the kennel for incoming dogs — so if you're interested, now is a great time to bring a furry friend home.

"Dog capacity has been insane," explained Jennifer Held, the bureau manager for the NACC. "We normally have a lull season and we did not have it this year. As soon as it gets warm, that’s when we start getting busy again, but we never had a slowdown. We have been at max capacity—every morning when we come in, we only have one or two kennels open."

If you're unable to commit to adopting a dog at this time, NACC is also searching for dog fosters to take adoptable dogs into their homes until their forever families are found.

The NACC will provide all necessary supplies and medical care for foster families. To learn more about the foster program, email

The shelter is also accepting volunteer applications for those who want to help but are unable to house an animal. You can email for details on volunteer orientation.

To help with the increased need for adoptions and foster homes, the NACC is extending its hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The shelter will now be open from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center is located at 5585 Sabre Road. You can reach the shelter at 757-441-5505 or email for more information.

To view the shelter's website, click here.