Alaqua Animal Refuge

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We invite you to visit us at Alaqua—a place where dreams come true, not only for the animals at our facility but also for all people who are dedicated to its mission.

Alaqua Animal Refuge is a place of healing, where animals who have been victims of abuse and neglect come to mend their broken bodies and spirits. At our Refuge, these animals will find solitude and loving hands to care for them. It is a place where school children can come out and call each animal by their name, and they leave with a desire to be a voice for the animals at our facility.

For the animals who pass through our gates, Alaqua Animal Refuge becomes what can only be described as “Heaven on Earth.” A place to call home, loving hands to care for them, and a hope for a better future – those are all things that we provide for each animal that comes to our refuge.

Daily Tours

19024854_1553319651369282_1623592645_oAlaqua is open year-round for tours of our refuge and sanctuary, except on major holidays. At any given time, we have over 350 animals on our picturesque 10-acre property, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, cows, bunnies, ducks and even emus!

Individuals, families, and groups are all welcome to visit and learn what makes Alaqua such a special place—for animals and people.

There is always plenty to see at Alaqua!

During your guided visit, you will meet animals up for adoption, as well our sanctuary animals. You’ll also get a better understanding of what we do here, from rescue to rehabilitation to adoption. You will also learn about our programs including Equine InteractionsUnconditional Love Program, and our children’s education programs (offered to youth/school groups) that teach kids to respect life in all forms.

You will meet our cats and kittens that spend their days roaming freely in their ‘loft apartments,’ fully equipped with fans and air conditioning, as well as the dogs and puppies that enjoy their own private enclosures complete with a spacious outdoor runs where they can be found enthusiastically greeting staff and visitors. Also on your tour, you will be able to say hello to our resident pigs and other farm animals in our care, as well as visit our equine center and our horses.


Visit Times

  • We are open to the general public 7-days a week, except on major holidays.
  • Tours are given daily from 12 pm to 5 pm, every day. However, please note that our last tour is at 4:30 pm.
  • Our facility is mostly outside, so comfortable shoes are recommended while walking around the property.

We cannot give tours during rain or lightening due to safety precautions for our staff and animals. We appreciate your understanding.


Tour Groups

  • Community, youth, school and other organizational groups are welcome to schedule a special tour of our facility.
  • We recommend making an appointment so we can make sure we can accommodate you.
  • To schedule a tour, please email or call us at (850) 880-6399.


Location:  914 Whitfield Road, Freeport, FL 32439
Phone Number:  (850) 880-6399

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