Acting as the official shelter run by the municipality of Suffolk, Suffolk Animal Care and Control stays busy responding to calls of all kinds. They manage wildlife control, instances of abuse and neglect, reunite lost animals with their families, and facilitate adoptions. Being close to the military bases in Norfolk, SACC partners with Dogs on Deployment to ensure that members of the military can have their animals taken care of during times of service. SACC also provides public schools with education programs on how to properly take care of animals, and equipping the students with the skills to identify signs of mistreatment. Last but not least, Suffolk Animal Care and Control is the only body with the authority to distribute pet licenses, which are required by law in the city of Suffolk.
Founded ten years ago, Suffolk Humane Society strives for their vision of a Suffolk without homeless and mistreated pets by offering a multitude of services to the community. Whether it is their mobile neuter clinic or the pet pantry, the Humane Society works closely with Suffolk Animal Care and Control to save as many animals as possible and put them into a forever home. If you are not able to donate time or resources to Suffolk Humane Society, know that they partner with Wooftrax - a dog walking app that donates $1 for every mile you walk with your own furry friend. Suffolk Humane Society works towards developing more and more successful community events like the Mutt Strut and Paws for Art each year with hopes of making their vision a reality.
The unfortunate reality of a rural city like Suffolk is that many animals live in less than ideal circumstances. Many are used solely as devices for hunting, left outside every day of the year. Often people from surrounding areas will drive to rural parts of Suffolk to dump their animals because the rural landscape better conceals such a despicable act. Abused & Thrown Away Pet Sanctuary was founded in an attempt to remedy the bad we see in the world with its love and commitment to animals. As far as grassroots nonprofits go, this one is one of the smallest. Run only on the dedication of two individuals, they have saved hundreds since their inception in 2010.