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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.


When It Rains, It Pours

In Northwest Florida, our week started out with thunderstorms. As the saying goes, "when it rains, it pours" rings true, but in this case at Alaqua Animal Refuge we are flooded with urgent medical situations.

To read more about the latest needs at Alaqua, CLICK HERE.



Happy Tale: Little Jenny

Thanks to our generous supporters, Little Jenny, the elderly donkey with severe hoof issues who could not longer stand without being in intense pain, received her treatment. She was transported to Auburn University, had surgery on both of her front tendons and was able to avoid euthanasia. Alaqua thanks you for providing the funds to make this possible.

See Little Jenny HERE.

Update: Abby Louise

Abbie Louise, a 12 year old Maltese, arrived at the refuge with multiple life threatening conditions. While removing her mammary tumor, it was discovered that she had infection in all of them and this poor girl's stomach is one long incision (photo is too graphic to show here, but is on the link below). She has a very long road ahead of her and is still in need of medical funding for her care.

To Sponsor Abby Louise, CLICK 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.