You are all familiar with Adonis and his story. He has touched the hearts of so many people. He came to us as a “stray” we quickly discovered he was not a stray but a horrible story of neglect and starvation. For whatever reason, a seemingly normal human being chose to not feed or give water to this beautiful dog. He ended up at our shelter, as I believe was meant to be. I saw him and said no, he needs to be euthanized. I am the person at the shelter who has to be the voice of reason, I have to say enough, this animal cannot be saved. I do it a lot, more than I want to.

On this day, I was asked let’s give him one night, then another night. Then one more day. The vet taking care of him said he may make it. I said is he suffering, she said, no he is not. Days went by, he started eating, he drank, he walked, he tried to run. He was a horribly neglected dog, who loved everyone he met and gave everyone hope. Hope he would beat the odds and live. An entire community rallied to support this one dog. I petted him and cared for him from afar because if that decision had to be made, it would be me who made it and I did not want to love him. I would have to break the hearts of my entire staff and really an entire community. Everyone wanted to save Adonis. I did not want him to suffer.

Somewhere in the last few weeks, even I turned the corner, I hoped desperately that this severely malnourished. dehydrated, neglected dog would live.  He comes into the shelter every day, every bone showing and he wags his tail, licks our faces and lays his head on our lap and gives us hope. Hope. He doesn’t bear any ill will to anyone. He loves everyone he meets. He is the example of hope and forgiveness. I sit here right now looking at my two incredibly spoiled dogs and think how does this happen, how do we as people abuse an animal to the point of death.

Adonis has good days and bad days. We still do not know if he will live. I do know this, this dog came into our care with NO hope. He had to be desperate, thinking no one loved him. No matter what happens now, this precious dog knows that someone loves him. Someone cares. An entire community cares. This bony, sad dog has given a whole bunch of people hope. We will love him, care for him and pray he makes it. If he doesn’t, I know one thing. Adonis knows and feels that someone, many someones love him and hope for him to survive.

Roxanne Hicks
Director, EAS



Thank You!

By now, most of you have seen the story of Adonis, he was brought to us in deplorable condition and is now under 24-hour veterinarian care. We have high hopes he will make a full recovery. First, we would like to thank everyone who has come out to support our efforts to save this beautiful dog. We have had an overwhelming number of donations to help with his veterinary care as well as his long-term care. If we have any extra funds, they will stay in our medical fund, for the care of other animals in need, like Adonis. We have also had many, many donations of other things we always need, dog food, cat food, cat litter and more! Thank you so much for helping us out. Our staff and the pets appreciate it!

What is Next?

We have had many inquiries from people around the country offering to foster and even adopt Adonis. He has a long road ahead of him and is still being monitored closely by the vet. (He is actually spending Christmas weekend at her house.) Once he is well enough to be released, Adonis will go to a foster home. This foster home has experience with medically challenged animals. Adonis will need continuous monitoring by the veterinarian for quite some time to come. Once we are confident that he has turned the corner we will evaluate his readiness for adoption. This is a long way off. Adonis has a very sweet disposition, especially for a dog who has been through so much. We will be sure he gets a very special home.


If you have room in your home for Adonis, there are many, many shelter pets around the country that need homes. Please consider adding one of those pets to your family. The Edgewater Animal Shelter currently has over 20 dogs up for adoption. Sweet dogs just like Adonis who just need a chance. We consider ourselves to be an above average shelter, taking excellent care of the animals in our care. We have the most caring, dedicated staff anywhere. However, it is still a shelter, not a home.

We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, we are located at 605 Mango Tree Drive, next to Public Works in Edgewater. Stop by and see us!

Animal Cruelty Laws

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

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.

Email us at info@edgewateranimalshelter.org



Missing Dog?

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



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

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 Clerk.org. 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

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

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

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.