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Norfolk animal shelter 'desperately needs' foster homes during COVID-19 closure

The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center said they're asking for "immediate help" before adoptions are suspended during the city's closure.

NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center will not be able to adopt animals out during the city's closure, and they said they need help now.

A release from the shelter said they are waiving reclaim fees and dropping adoption fees to $20 through March 15, in preparation for the shelter to operate without any volunteers through the end of the month.

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Michelle Dosson, the Adoption Center's manager, said they are trying to get as many animals out of the shelter as possible.

"We are 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," Dosson said.

The shelter will still be working with animal protection officers to take in animals during the closure, but said it usually depends heavily on volunteers to care for their pets.

"Our volunteers report for multiple shifts daily to help care for the pets in our shelter," Dosson said. "That’s why it’s so important for us to find permanent or temporary homes elsewhere for as many animals as possible."

They say even if people can't permanently adopt, fostering a pet during the city closure would be helpful.

Their shelter provides crates, food and needed supplies to people in their dog foster program.

To help, the shelter said you can email nacc@norfolk.gov with your interest and contact information.

The shelter is open Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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