Beachgoers “Plunge” To Support Homeless Animals

The Doggy Paddle Polar Plunge event was held for the first time, raising nearly $85,000 for homeless animals. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County SPCA)

  MONMOUTH COUNTY – Over 250 animal lovers jumped into the ice-cold ocean to benefit the Monmouth County SPCA at their First Annual Doggy Paddle Polar Plunge event.

  “It was a crisp 52 degrees on the beach… and we welcomed over 250 supporters to our newest event! What made the day even better was having so many adorable dogs join us while proudly wearing their 2021 “SupPAWter” bandannas,” the Monmouth County SPCA said.

  Supporters came together at Belmar Beach recently to raise funds for the animal shelter, helping displaced animals find a forever home.

Hundreds ran into the freezing cold water to raise funds benefiting the MCSPCA. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County SPCA)

  You can say everyone was “freezin’ for a reason,” with about 150 participants racing into the freezing ocean water. And don’t worry, only humans were allowed to “take the plunge,” while many furry companions stood on the sidelines to watch their owners scream as they jumped into the cold water.


  The reason why the Monmouth County SPCA started this annual event is to raise funds to help care for the thousands of animals that come through the shelter every year. This first-time event raised nearly $85,000, all thanks to the event sponsors and of course the plunge participants.

  “We are still ‘SWIMMING’ in gratitude over the success of our First Annual Doggy Paddle Polar Plunge. The event brought out lots of new faces, as well as familiar friends, who braved the November ocean all to support homeless animals,” MCSPCA Spokesperson Lindsay Sanator said. “It was a beautiful day in Belmar with lots of smiles (both human and canine) and we couldn’t have asked for more. We want to thank everyone who supported this event which raised nearly $85,000 for the lifesaving programs at the Monmouth County SPCA!”

Many participants brought their own furry companion for a fun day at Belmar Beach. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County SPCA)

  Sanator and everyone at the MCSPCA gave a special thank you to all the volunteers, the Belmar Police Department, and Belmar Beach that helped made the event successful.

  The donate or to learn more about the MCSPCA, visit