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The city of Melbourne sits along the Atlantic shoreline in an area that's notably nicknamed the Space Coast. Just a few miles away from the infamous Cocoa Beach and of course, it's nickname-sake, NASA and SpaceX, Melbourne has quite a few well-known features. But one lesser-known feature of Melbourne is it's incredibly dog-friendliness, largely due to the number of rescues, shelters, and pup organizations in the area.

One of the biggest organizations is the Brevard Humane Society, active in helping pups since 1952! This no-kill shelter is a space for the animals who are so often forgotten. The society's main goal is to limit the number of homeless pets in the area, help animals find these fur-babies forever homes, and offer as many veterinary and educational services and programs as possible.

A more unique rescue in the area is the Smiling Dog Rescue in Melbourne. Focusing specifically on shelter dogs that are at risk for euthanasia, Smiling Dog hosts a (small) number of pooches in foster homes, searching for responsible owners who will love and care for these second-chance pups. Though a small organization, they offer fostering and adoption services, and try to nurse underdogs back to the health so they can help them find forever homes. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Melbourne

  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    #1 Dog Days of Summer

    Splish, splash! It's the Dog Days of Summer annual event, and it's back for you and your pup to enjoy! The event, hosted by EGAD.Mainstreet in Melbourne offers you and your four-legged friend the perfect way to beat the Florida heat, meet a bunch of local pups and their owners, and pawticpate in a few fun pup-activities. Traditionally, it's hosted during the August First Friday events in downtown Melbourne. You and your pup can be featured in dog contests, win blue ribbons, and enjoy food, beer, and a designer water bar for your pup!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration TBD

    #2 The Doggy Run

    The annual Doggy Run is back and better than ever! Hosted in Melbourne, this Doggy Run is a 5k run or a 1-mile loop trail for you and your pup to pound the pavement on! Registration prices begin at $20, but will increase as you get closer to the run! All participants are expected to arrive at the race with a bag of dog food, as well. This event lets you run with your doggo while gathering food for pups in need and is the perfect way to spend quality time with your pet! 

    Don't miss out on the chance to jog through Wickham Park with your pup, raise funds for a worthy cause, and get a good bonding session with your doggo in during the whole experience. 

    Don't forget to keep your pup leashed! 

    Dog friendly event?
  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #3 Puppy Parks & Beaches

    While Melbourne has plenty of coastline to explore, if you and your pup are looking for something a little different for playtime, Wickham Dog Park is the perfect spot for you! This mulch-and-grass-lined park is the ideal location for you and your four-legged friend to play, run around off-leash, and meet local pooches. This fenced-in dog park features pup toys, room to exercise, and even separated segments for large and small dogs.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #4 Canova Dog Beach

    Still craving a little saltwater and sand? No worries! Take a quick trip over to the Canova Dog Beach - the only dog-friendly beach in Brevard County! This 9.1-acre community beach park features grilling areas, picnic shelters, pavilions, drinking fountains, and outside showers to rinse the sea water off your pup! All doggos who visit the Canova Doga beach must be on a leash and wearing their tags to show they are licensed and that they have the proper vaccinations! This free beach is the perfect spot in the sun for you and your dog. Make sure you clean up after your pooch, should nature call!
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  • Admission $150.00
    Month August
    Duration 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    #5 Tuxes and Tails Gala

    Get your tuxes out and your tails all fluffed, the fanciest gala in Melbourne is back! This is the most highly-anticipated event hosted by the Brevard Humane Society and is sure to offer you and your pup a tail-waggin' good time. Enjoy a philanthropic event that you can attend with your pooch, complete with delicious food, a catnip carpet, live performances, a silent auction, and festive dance music. The event is black tie, of course, so make sure your four-legged friend is looking fancy! All proceeds go toward the shelter and the animals they care for.
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