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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.


2015 VIP Destin Pet Parade

Here is your chance to make your adorable pet a star with Alaqua's newest fundraiser. For a $100 donation, you can submit a photo (by July 8th) of your pet and it will be published in VIP Destin Magazine's Pet Parade in the 2015 August/September issue. 100% of the proceeds go to help animals in need at the refuge.

For more information please click here.

Funds Needed to Help Ghost - A Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Dog

Ghost came into Alaqua after being found on the side of the road in rural Alabama. He is a gorgeous 3 year old white German Shepherd, knows many commands, and is absolutely terrified of thunder. The first day he arrived, a storm rumbled in the distance and he tried to escape his kennel and threw his hip out of socket. Radiographs showed severe hip dysplasia in both hips, but also showed that his body was covered in lead pellets (see image). Staff can only assume, but we think that Ghost relates his painful experience from being shot to the thunder he hears. It is a heartbreaking sight to see this beautiful creature go from wagging his tail and giving kisses to absolute fear of this noise.

As in every case we see, once we take in an animal to Alaqua we pledge to do everything possible to give them a second chance.

Read his story »



The Family-Friendly, FREE Benefit Concert features local musicians to raise money for charity.

The 4th Annual Easy on 30A Benefit Concert will take place July 3rd, 2015 from 5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. at WaterColor's Marina Park, just off scenic highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Performers will include Forrest Williams Band, The Rips and Geoff McBride. Fabulous raffle and silent auction items donated by local businesses will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, the Lighthouse Family Retreat, and the Muscogee Nation of Florida.


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.