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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.


Refuge mourns a giant loss

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Laurie Hood

Please Join us for the Chi Chi Miguel
5th Annual Sip N Shop

Friday, May 1, 2015
11 a.m - 2 p.m.
at Bijoux
In the Market Shops of Sandestin
Miramar Beach, FL

Ticket price is $150, which includes lunch, select shopping on-site, and plenty of wine and champagne to sip! Click here to reserve your spot! Can't join us, but want to help the abuse, neglected, and homeless animals of the Emerald Coast? Click here to make a donation!

Interested in Sponsorship?

Contact Laurie Hood at

Safety. Shelter. Second Chances.... this would not be possible without our medical team at Alaqua Animal Refuge. They perform miracles every day, but our medical clinic is far from what we need to handle so many emergencies that we encounter. A generous donor and his wife recognized this and has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match to help us build a new medical clinic at our new location!

To double your donation and help us create a medical clinic that will enable us to help even more animals, 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.