Norfolk animal shelter awarded grant to buy adoption van


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC) was awarded a generous $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation to help purchase a mobile animal adoption van.

The city plans to use the van in the community for outreach programs and to hopefully increase adoption of NACC shelter pets.

“We’re calling it a mobile adoption unit,” said Jessica Guckert, who is the administrative assistant at NACC. “By us being able to get out and place these animals for adoption just from regular, like from different sides, parking lots and Town Center and Town Point Park, the possibilities are endless for what we can do.” 

Guckert says the van will also help with outreach programs, such as educating people about spaying and neutering their animals.

“We can also work on networking for new fosters, volunteer recruitment, we have our wonderful, new medium and dog-size foster program” she said.

Only seven other shelters across the country have this kind of van, making it unique for the Hampton Roads area and Virginia.

Their goal is to have it on the road in October.

NACC had to meet the following requirements to receive the grant: 

  • Must be a US municipal open intake or a 501(c)3 facility

  • 40% or more of yearly intake must be dogs

  • Live release rate for dogs must be below 80%

  • Organization must have a minimum of 15 full time employees (FTEs).

  • Organization must be able to commit to the program for five years

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