New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, but there are some views you won’t want to catch a glimpse of. With homelessness in the animal population not eradicated, you may spot a stray pet or two wandering around town. Fortunately, there are a couple of animal shelters in the area that take in and care for these animals.
The Southeast Volusia Humane Society has been serving the New Smyrna Beach area for 60 years. With a solid mission to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve the suffering among animals, and educate the public on responsible pet ownership, the Southeast Volusia Humane Society works hard to help animals in the community. As a non-profit organization, it relies heavily on donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees to continue to care for animals in need.
Edgewater Animal Shelter’s mission is to care for and find homes for stray and homeless pets in the New Smyrna Beach area. In addition to caring for homeless animals, this shelter also offers low-cost vaccinations, microchipping, and flea and heartworm prevention to those in need in the area. The organization doesn’t pick up stray or injured animals, but it does help care for them. Edgewater Animal Shelter relies heavily on donations from the community, and the staff is always in need of animal food and cat litter.
If you live in the New Smyrna Beach area and want a new pet or just want to help, contact one of these shelters to set up an appointment to visit some of the animals.
Join hundreds of other dogs and dog owners each January for a 5k run, ½ Mile Dog Dash, and ½ Mile Dog Walk to benefit the Southeast Volusia Humane Society! There will also be door prizes, vendor booths, events and activities, contests, and more. Winners of the races will also be given awards!
The 5k race starts and ends at Norwood’s on Second Avenue and takes runners beachside. It will be professionally timed and scored. The 5k race starts at 8 am, while the Dog Dash starts at 9 am and the Dog Walk starts at 9:05.
All pre-registered participants will be guaranteed a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration fees will be released closer to the event date.
You won’t want to miss out on the cutest event in Volusia County: Dogapalooza Ormond Beach! With dogs romping around making new friends, participating in new activities and contests, and taking cute photographs, this event is almost too cute to handle! Visit vendor booths and participate in “barks” and crafts.
There will be live music from Ian Hood, and DJ Tremble will be emceeing the event. Food will be provided by Wicked Good Dogs and More, Sweets-N-Eats, Schmancy Pops, and Steel Oak Coffee.
The event is held at Ormond Memorial Art Museum and takes place during the month of January. Admission is just $2 per person.
Each April, dogs flood the Daytona Beach Bandshell for the Halifax Humane Society Mutt Strutt event in Daytona Beach, Florida. Spend the morning walking the beach with your pooch, participating in the costume contest, and listening to great music! You can also participate in tons of fun activities and browse through vendor booths with all kinds of great products.
The registration package includes a t-shirt, raffle ticket, and a drink for just $25 in advance and $30 on-site. General admission is $5 in advance and $10 on-site, with a suggested donation of $25. Dogs walk for free! Proceeds go to Halifax Humane Society.
Honor all the pets that have been lost during the Rainbow Bridge Walk! There will be photos displayed in the memorial on the water by the Granada Bridge in Fortunato Park in memory of all the pets that have passed over the rainbow bridge. All photos must be submitted by February 22. Dogs are also welcome to walk with their owners.
This event is held during the month of February at Fortunato Park in Ormond Beach.
This event is free to attend. There will also be vendors on-site at the event with a variety of different goods.
A day at the beach with your dog is a dream come true, and Smyrna Dunes Park makes that a reality! This dog-friendly beach is open to all leashed dogs for just $10 per vehicle. The boardwalk, beach, and nature trails are all dog-friendly.
You and your dog will see stunning views of the Indian River, Ponce Inlet, and the Atlantic Ocean while in the park. With over 73 acres to explore, you can come back numerous times without getting bored, and your dog will enjoy every visit! Don’t forget to stop by the observation tower for some extra special views.