Animal Cruelty Laws

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On September 11th at the Edgewater City Council Meeting, the members will be asked to vote on this resolution. The aim is to get the state of Florida to adopt harsher penalties for those who commit crimes against animals. Many surrounding cities have adopted this resolution urging this legislation go forward and we are hoping Edgewater will do as well. If you also support this resolution please contact your City Council representatives and ask them to vote yes. Their contact info is available on the city of Edgewater website.  Go here and click on Staff Directory at the bottom of the page.  If you would like to sign the petition to further this effort you can do so here.

Mayor Mike Ignasiak
Councilwoman Christine Power
Councilwoman Amy Vogt
Councilman Dan Blazi
Councilman Gary T. Conroy

Thank you!

Tough Times in Animal Shelter World

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It has been a rough summer in the wonderful world of animal rescue. Our cattery has been overflowing with cats and kittens since April. At one point we had 85 cats and kittens. People leaving them at our gate in boxes, throwing them over the fence and all sorts of nonsense. Our dog situation is no better, we were up to 26 dogs, our kennels hold 20. We had dogs in large dog crates in the laundry room, the office, the hallway. You name it we have had dogs there. Not only do we feed these animals, but they are on flea meds and heartworm medication, they get shots and all are spayed or neutered. We have to pay all these people to take care of them (thank goodness for volunteers) and of course the boring stuff, utilities, water, insurance, bank fees, stuff like that.

We have depleted our reserves this summer taking care of sick kittens, feeding dogs and spaying and neutering our adoptable pets. We are bringing back our #donate5 campaign in the hopes that some of our best supporters will throw some cash our way! The Edgewater Animal Shelter relies totally on donations from our community to operate.

What does $5.00 mean to you? A fancy coffee at Starbucks? Half of a lunch at your favorite restaurant? Most of us have $5.00 rattling around in our purse, wallet or car on any given day. Stop by and drop some change in the jar on the counter, you can also find jars at Beef O’Brady’s and Southern Bar and Grille.

Click here to donate $5.00 via Paypal. 

You do not need a Paypal Account to donate via Paypal

We have 4741 likes on Facebook. If every single person who supported us donated $5 that would be over $23,000. $23,000 would buy a lot of dog food, medicine, cat litter, garbage bags, vinegar and pay our employees for several months.

If you would like to donate more than $5.00 please feel free to do so, but we are not greedy, $5 will go a long way to keeping our doors open! Thank you and please opt to adopt!

We are located at 605 Mango Tree Drive in Edgewater. We are open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm –  Monday – Saturday.

Call us at (386) 957-3994.

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Missing Dog?

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I am the Director of the Edgewater Animal Shelter, I try very hard to keep a low profile, but we have a big issue in Edgewater and it needs to be talked about.

We have had an influx of lost dogs coming into the shelter. An inordinate number of “stray” dogs. Some are brought in by good Samaritans, some by Animal Control and some we suspect are owners pretending they “find” them. It is a sad situation. We make every effort to find the owners of these dogs, in some cases, they are plastered all over Facebook, people message us and say “Hey I know who that dog belongs to” We call them, leave a message and NEVER hear back.

I have some of the best staff in the industry, they stalk the lost pet pages, are in constant contact with rescue groups, and do every damn thing they can to find these owners. Some of which are not looking.

I have a couple of examples. Lucy, she is a sweet little beagle, who had a chip. We called the owner, who said, “Oh I gave her to my son” we called the son. The son told us, “oh that didn’t work out, I gave her to so and so.” We found so and so. She said oh, she is there, I will have to find a ride and get back to you. Guess what she never did. Lucy is one of the lucky ones. We found her a spectacular family.

Let me tell you about Oscar (we changed his name to Roscoe), Animal Control brought Roscoe to us, after Waste Management called them because he was drinking the fluid coming off the garbage truck. All the neighbors knew him, he was a roamer, his owners didn’t care. He was another of the lucky ones, a local guy knew him, knew what a super dog he was and adopted him. In case you didn’t catch it, THE GARBAGE MEN CALLED US, they cared more about this dog than the owner.

We had a lab puppy and a rottweiler come in, clearly someone’s pets, NO ONE EVEN LOOKED FOR THEM. The puppy was pulled by a great organization we work with called K9 Line Inc. They train and provide service dogs to vets. We don’t have to worry when we deal with them, they follow up on the dogs. We care what happens to our dogs, we want to know they are safe.

On the flip side, we have people who lose their dogs (or cats) and come in daily looking for them, some in tears. It breaks our hearts. People desperate to find their pets, and then we have the pets languishing in our kennels, no one looking for them. Sometimes I am certain they are better off with us. That says a lot about the owners we are dealing with, or maybe it says how very pathetic they are.

If you lose your pet, check the shelters, get on Facebook and check the lost pet pages, go to the shelters and look. If you don’t want your pet, bring it to us. Pay the $50 surrender fee and let us find someone to love that pet that you don’t care about. Then do me a favor. DON’T get another one. Be pet free. Do that animal that relies on you for everything a favor. Don’t bring it home.

~Roxanne Reynolds Hicks



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This is Phillip. Phillip was with us a very long time, he has one eye and came in as a totally feral cat. We thought he was going to live with us for the rest of his life. Not so. A super nice man came in looking for a dog and ended up adopting Phillip. Phillip hid for two days and was hissing at his new father. One of our rocking employees went over to his house on her lunch break to work with Phillip. She got him out from under the couch and onto his new owner’s lap. Now Phillip is living the life in his new home. He is well loved. We thank Mr. Leininger for taking a chance on Phillip, being patient and adopting!

Adoption Procedures

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Our adoption process has changed. Over the last few months, we have been evaluating how we go about adopting out animals and some things have changed. Our lobby is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Visits to our open cattery are welcome between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. If you choose one of our cats we will have you fill out an adoption application. This application is then approved by a member of management after we have checked you out through the Sheriff’s department website and Many of our adopters are frequent visitors to our facility or repeat adopters. We thank you!

Our process for dogs has changed dramatically. We no longer allow visitors into the kennel area. Instead, we take some time and talk to you about your home, your other pets, your family and what you are looking for in a dog. There are several reasons for this change. Visitors other than employees stress out the dogs and they do not reflect their real personalities. If you meet them outside of the kennel area they are very different. Our dog caretakers know their dogs, and they know if they like cats, kids, etc. One of our employees actually tests our dogs with kids with her own child. We will not pair you with a dog that we feel will not work for you and your family. If we do not know you we will also check you out with the same resources we use for the cats.

We have taken this action to ensure that our dogs go into safe and loving homes. We have received some complaints about our new process and felt we should explain it and hope the public understands that our ONLY concern is the animals. That is why we are here. We will continue to do what we think is best for our pets.

We thank you for your understanding and we thank all of our supporters, volunteers and our employees who work so hard each day.

Bring Them Back

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Every now and then we have adoption failure. We do our very best to place our adoptable dogs and cats in good, stable homes. We have made some big changes to our adoption process in the past two months, especially with respect to the dogs. Every now and then one slips by us. Today was one of those days. Purely by accident one of our staff members discovered that one of our puppies that we had adopted out had been surrendered to another shelter. We did a little sleuthing and discovered that indeed, one of our puppies was at a neighboring shelter. They did not realize it had come from us because the dog was left tied to a pole in front of their building with a note. The dog’s name had been changed so they had no way of knowing it had been adopted at Edgewater. They are full and were only too happy to let us come get our puppy.

She is now safely back at the shelter, we will get her some training and find her a more appropriate home. The moral of the story is this. We totally understand that sometimes a pet does not work out. It happens. How it is handled from there is the most important part. Every rescue and shelter that I know of have an adoption contract, in that contract it states if the adoption does not work out bring the pet back to the shelter you adopted it from. Please don’t adopt a pet, change your mind and dump it somewhere. Most people would be horrified and would never do that but there are those that do. I appeal to you please just bring it back to where you got it, keep them safe. I cringe at the thought of what could have happened to that puppy before they found it. Luckily all is well, but too often that is not the case. Cats get dumped in remote areas, dogs let out in grocery store parking lots and worse. Just bring it back.

Thank You

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Thank you to our fantastic supporters for your February donations! We would also like to thank some of our regular volunteers, Arikah, Barbara, Karen, Linda, Ross, Ginny, Victoria and Sammi. 

Cindy Potter
Ginger Cook
Dania Hanson
Peggy Walsh
Pelican Coe East
Vickie Getz
Michael & Terry Yaple
Mildred Lipscomb
Gary Colvin
Terri Cardell
American Legion Post 285
E. Larson
Terri McKitria
Lynn Bartlett
Yvonne Brown
Lorna Marks


Barbara Ferrin Estate
Dynah Jackson
Florida Community Bank
Brittany Hole
Sandy Gross
New Smyrna Chevy
Steve & Erin Penn
Judy Sabugo
Alfred Bennett
Sandy Martin
Karen Baldyga
Lorie Oehler
Ken Jones
Judi Shaw
Peggy Kaholm

I Held Your Cat

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We try and be positive and show you all the happy things that go on in our shelter.(besides when we are begging for money) Most people are aware that once you leave our lobby and all the happy pictures we post of dogs and cats going home there is a not so great side. This week we took in a sick kitty, from a woman who said she found the kitty. We knew this to be false as the cat was chipped and it belonged to her, she denied it, pretty tough to deny that but she tried. We know who she is and she will not be adopting from us. Ever. She might want to avoid SE Volusia Humane Society as well as they are on to her too.   She cared enough about her cat to get it chipped but not to take it to a veterinarian for care. Instead, she abandoned it at the shelter.

The kitty seemed to be comfortable, she was eating, so one of our vet’s decided to watch her for a day and see if she improved with proper care.

Fast forward to Saturday morning. I arrive at the shelter to find one of our long time employees had crawled up in the cage to sit with this kitty, holding her. She had taken a turn for the worse during the night. Her condition was discovered by our high school student who works on Saturday when she arrived for work. That is a bit traumatic for a seasoned employee let alone a child.  I immediately called our vet Dr. Bryant-Hutchinson from Glencoe Animal Hospital (super, awesome and wonderful don’t do enough to describe her). No questions asked she was on her way. Meanwhile, this poor sweet kitty began having seizures, she was crying loud enough to be heard all over the building. My 17-year-old high school girls working in the back carried on with their jobs, how I do not know. It was heartbreaking. Terri, who has worked at the shelter I think since the dawn of time and I took turns comforting and holding this sweet kitty until the Dr. arrived. There was nothing we could do to save this kitty and she was suffering, she was humanely euthanized and is now at peace.

I am hoping that the individual who decided it was a good idea to drop her suffering cat off at an animal shelter will see this. I hope you sleep well at night knowing that I held your cat while she died. At least someone did.

Thank You

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Thank you to all that donated during December and January! We could not do it without your generosity! We would also like to thank our volunteers that take the time to visit with our animals, clean, do laundry and all the other things it takes to keep our doors open!  

Dixie Casey

Madison Hancock

Michelle Morrissette

Jennifer Chivers

Jerry & Judy Jones

Steve & Lisa Jones

Mike Marren

Nancy Blanks

NSBHS Ladies Alumni

Patsy & Linda O’Neill

Dean & Deloris Cotelidis

Hope Weiss

Carol & Gary Stafford

Marion Dickenson

Teresa Reichard

Edgewater Public FFEA

Nikki Dill

Shawna Warner

The Gerhardts

Alfred Bennett

Lonesome Losers

Fidelity National Title

Bob Otto

Janet Urquhart

Siobhan Wood

Scott Kempton

Joyce & Jeff Winterstein

Kathy Mckiernan



Mr & Mrs Moffitt

Wayne Hubbel

Tom Baer

Kris Jones

Debra Martinez

Jimmy & Nancy Freeman

Mary Duxby

Rainelle McKenna

Shayna Keller

Zach Ganger

American Legion Auxiliary Post 285

Judy Van Camp

Kris Marquardt

Janet Robert

C’s Waffles

Patricia Droz

Lisa & Carson McBride

John & Rosemary Marciano

Leslie Bates

Kelly Bookhardt

Carole Knoblich

Gerri & Joshua Jones

Charles & Sandana Hennis

Cindy Moffitt

Moose 1835

Deb Dituri-Dini

Ingrid Ascherl








Donate $5.00

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What does $5.00 mean to you? A fancy coffee at Starbucks? Half of a lunch at your favorite restaurant? Most of us have $5.00 rattling around in our purse, wallet or car on any given day.

The Edgewater Animal Shelter relies totally on donations from our community to operate.  If 40 people donate $5.00 it will feed our pets for an entire week.  If 20 people donate $5.00 it buys our cat litter for an entire week.  Our employees are all part time. If 50 people donate $5.00 it will pay one of our employees for over a week. Just $5.00 is a really big deal for us.

Our lobby has donation jars available, during the month of February we want to fill those jars with $5.00 bills. We are also able to accept secure donations thru Paypal.

Click here to donate $5.00 via Paypal.

We have 4327 likes on Facebook. If every single person who supported us donated $5 that would be over $21,000. $21,000 would buy a lot of dog food, medicine, garbage bags, bleach and pay our employees for about 5 months.

If you would like to donate more than $5.00 please feel free to do so, but at this moment every $5.00 you donate will help to keep our doors open. Thank you and please opt to adopt!

We are located at 605 Mango Tree Drive in Edgewater. We are open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm –  Monday – Saturday.

Call us at (386) 957-3994.

Email us at