Looking for a feel-good moment on your next beach vacation? With the Halifax Humane Society’s “Beach Buddies” program, you can give an adoptable animal a much-deserved shelter break. It’s a fun way to get outside, make a new four-legged friend and spread a little love to an animal that’s had some rough luck. Whether you’re missing your own furry friend back at home or simply want some fun company for the day, consider adopting a dog for the day on your next visit to Daytona Beach! 

How does the program work?

All you need to do is call the Halifax Humane Society at (386) 274-4703 or send an email to info@halifaxhumanesociety.org and say that you’re interested in the Beach Buddies program. You will need to reserve a dog at LEAST 24 hours in advance. The humane society representative will pair you up with a dog, and will provide you with the supplies you’ll need, as well as a list of suggested locations for you to visit with your buddy.

How long do I get to hang out with the dog?

Beach Buddies has newly expanded options to suit a variety of doggie desires! Check out the tiers below:

  • The Original - $25
    • Have a dog for the day! Take your new buddy out for a day of fun in the sun. You’ll pick up at 10 a.m., stay out as long as you’d like, and return your pup back by no later than 4 p.m. This option is available from Wednesday through Saturday.
  • The Sleepover - $35
    • Craving a little more cuddle time? Have a puppy sleepover party! You get a full day of dog-filled fun, and the humane society will send you with enough food for the entire stay.
  • The Three-Day Pass - $40
    • Sometimes, a day is just not enough! Take the fun times beyond a walk in the park — spend the whole weekend with your new best friend! It’s a wonderful way to test out how it feels having a pup in your family.

Adopting a dog for the afternoon or for a few days is not only a chance to add a spark of light into both your life and the dog’s, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to explore a new city in a different way. You’re likely to take different trails, discover new dog-friendly restaurants and maybe even make friends with other local dog owners. Get more details on the Beach Buddies program, and gear up for a fun adventure with a furry companion!

And, if you’re coming into town with your own family pet, you won’t want to miss our comprehensive guide to the best places to stay, play and eat with your dog in Daytona Beach!