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Finest and Furriest

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Cops, critters and some of the most beautiful and treasured landmarks in the City of Norfolk have come together for a unique 2018 calendar, aptly named, “Norfolk’s Finest and Furriest.

“The calendar is the product of an online social media initiative Norfolk Animal Care Center's Shelter Director, Barb Hays, and I developed nearly 3 years ago,” says Karen Parker-Chesson, Community Relations Manager for the Norfolk Police Department (NPD).  The Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) and the City of Norfolk’s police force partner on monthly photo shoots at the animal shelter featuring officers interacting with homeless pets. The postings have become wildly popular on Facebook and other social media platforms.  “The initiative is the most liked and shared on NPD's social media,” says Parker-Chesson.

“We’ve done hundreds of these photos with our police partners and they have really struck a chord with our supporters and followers on Facebook,” says Hays, who is not only the director of the shelter, but the professional eye behind the camera.  “The heartwarming photos of officers and the shelter's animals have given both departments the perfect way to engage our Norfolk citizens – it’s a win-win,” she says.  One of the most popular Finest-and-Furriest moments occurred during the mannequin challenge craze last November. The viral video post was viewed more than 15,000 times and shared by close to 300 followers.

Hays has spent some of the hottest days this summer  photographing officers around Norfolk’s most significant sights, including the Battleship Wisconsin, Slover Library, and Waterside.  The calendar will offer a lot of variety from the police and animals as well.  Officers of all ranks are represented from various units and divisions, including Animal Control, K-9, and Harbor Patrol holding everything from puppies and kittens, to chickens and rabbits.

Both Hays and Chesson-Parker believe the calendar will have wide appeal between NACC supporters, police, and their families with warm images of the best that Norfolk has to offer, Pets, Police and Places.

 Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center, a non-profit 501c3 organization that acts as a booster club for the shelter, is financing the publication with the support of local businesses and organizations. They plan a limited initial printing of 500 copies and will debut the calendar at a launch event September 21st. Look for digital billboards highlighting the calendar throughout the city!

Order your calendar today!  Calendars are only  $5 and can be picked up at the front desk of the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center located at 5585 Sabre Road in Norfolk. Please bring proof of purchase.

If you prefer to have the calendar shipped, please add the $5 shipping to your order and provide an address. Thank you!

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