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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.

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


Emergency Funds Needed

Sweet Sammie is an 8 year old Labrador Retriever that was surrendered to Alaqua because of a difficult family situation. We knew that she would be an easy dog to place because of her sweet nature. The perfect couple fell in love with her this past weekend, and literally as she was walking out the door to go to her forever home, she was rushed to the emergency clinic. Sammie's stomach had twisted. The decision was made to do exploratory surgery to save her life. The cost for the surgery alone was $2800 and it saved her life. The vet had to remove her spleen, and she will be under close medical supervision for the next few days.

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Laurie Hood


Alaqua Animal Refuge Helps "Manny" Run Again with Prosthetic Leg

May 5, 2015 (Freeport, Fla.) – In late March, Alaqua Animal Refuge received a call from a shelter facility in Chipley, FL, stating they had a dog that came in that just broke their heart. "Manny", a 4 year old large shepherd mix had arrived, missing his front right foot and was in horrific pain. The Chipley shelter manager was told that it was "a homemade amputation". With circumstances unknown, Manny immediately received veterinary care until Alaqua was able to take him in. Manny was evaluated when he arrived at Alaqua and it was determined that his weight would make it difficult for him to adjust using three legs. Manny's medical information was sent to a team of veterinary specialists at Animal Ortho Care, LLC., in Chantilly, VA, to see if Manny could be a candidate for a prosthetic foot. Using 3D technology, Derrick Campana, C.O. and his staff at Animal Ortho Care, LLC., were able to create a prosthetic by using a mold that was created of Manny's injured foot by Alaqua.

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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.