Port St. Lucie, the county seat and most populated city in St. Lucie County, is a bustling, metropolitan area lining the Atlantic Coast in Southeast Florida. Known for its beautiful beaches, Port St. Lucie, lovingly called PSL, is gradually becoming a dog-friendly city. While it's still in the process of working its way up the dog-friendliest lists, dozens of bars, restaurants, shopping centers, and more, are becoming increasingly doggo-positive in the area.
While the commercial and social aspects of PSL are catching up to dog-friendly standards, the number of shelters, rescues, and dog organizations is on the rise as well.
One of the biggest, most well-known shelters in the area is the Humane Society of St. Lucie. This 501(c)3 organization is a nationally accredited shelter for pups in the area. They've had their doors open for business since 1956, and in that time, have grown to rescue, care for, and rehome about 5,000 animals in the community every year. The overall goal of this St. Lucie shelter is to provide immediate care for animals that make their way under their roof and also to help create a better future for the animals throughout the county. In fact, they never turn an animal away!
Another shelter that serves the Port St. Lucie area is the Dog and Cats Forever Inc., a not-for-profit, tax-exempt shelter that's been in existence since 1988. In its time, this shelters has saved numerous animals that otherwise would have been euthanized, aiming to stop the killing of over 75,000 south Florida animals.
One of the most pawpular spots is the Lynngate Dog Park. With separated parks for dogs of different sizes, plenty of shade, and lush grass for your pooches to play in, it's a bark-tacular choice for pups in the area!
Another perfect play place for your pooch is the Oak Hammock Park in PSL. While it doesn't offer a designated spot for your canine compadre to zip about without a leash, there's a lengthy dog-walking trail along the C-24 canal available for pooches who like a long adventure.