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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.

  • 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.

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

Sponsor an Animal
Help support the animals of Alaqua that need special medical care.


Help Abby Louise in her Twilight Years

Imagine having a canine companion for 12 years and when she needed you most you were not able to help her. That is what Abby Louise's owner faced during her own battle with cancer. This incredibly sweet dog is 80% blind and has a huge mammary tumor that is likely caused from never being spayed, in addition to dental disease, skin and ear infections. Her owner was financially not able to help her and considered euthanasia, but at the last minute could not go through with it.

Abby Louise is now at Alaqua, where we hope to provide her care in her twilight years. She will need extensive medical treatment, which includes x-rays to rule out any underlying conditions, and surgery to remove her tumors. Please consider donating to this sweet girl's cause by clicking HERE.

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 11,000 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.