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  • The cost of running the refuge exceeds $50,000 a month. Please consider donating to help us continue to help animals in need. Learn more...

  • Did you know you can sponsor one of our animals care? Click the "How to Help" link above to find out more.

  • All adult cats at the refuge have waived adoption fees to approved homes. Interested parties can fill out an application online or call 850-880-6399 to speak to an adoption coordinator.

  • Our Partners Program allows senior citizens in need of a companion animal or a special-needs individual requesting an animal for service or companionship can apply to adopt, with a waived fee.

  • Visitors love to see our two resident emus. Have you been out for a tour of our ten acre facility yet?

  • Alaqua has it's own channel on You Tube! Click the Alaqua TV link below to see what you have been missing.

  • You can help us by hosting an event! Click the "How to Help" link to get more information.

  • Join us on our mission to save the lives of abused, neglected and homeless animals. Call us today at (850) 880-6399 to discuss adoption opportunities.

  • Did you know that the refuge has one of the largest volunteer bases on the Emerald Coast? Call us today at 850-880-6399 to find out how you can join the program.

Sponsor an Animal
View and support the care of dogs, cats, and horses recently added to our refuge.


Pooshme Daily Spotlight: Laurie Hood

Bring in Pedigree canned or pouch food
… or stop by and give a donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge and
enter to win a David Yurman bracelet from McCaskill and Company!

See our list in the left column for additional items needed.

Alaqua Receives Land Donation of 85-Acres and a $500,000 Matching Grant

$5,000 donation = $10,000 total gift
$2,500 donation = $5,000 total gift
$500 donation = $1,000 total gift

Our capital campaign grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, every gift we receive through December 31, 2014, up to a total of $500,000. If we can raise the full $500,000, we'll have $1 million to help animals in need and host educational exhibits and tours at our new facility.

Please make a donation before December 31st and your gift will go twice as far to help the dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and other animals who depend on us.

Laurie Hood

Alaqua Animal Refuge – an independent, nonprofit organization located on Florida’s Emerald Coast – advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption services. Located on 10 acres in Freeport, the refuge was formed by Walton County, Fla.-resident Laurie Hood in 2007 when she discovered that countless animals were being euthanized due to the lack of a no-kill shelter/adoption organization in the area. Since that time, Alaqua Animal Refuge has helped find homes for more than 9,000 animals. Currently, up to 100 animals are adopted per month from this unique rescue facility, which serves as a true refuge for more than 250 animals at any given time.