Alaqua Animal Refuge

Relocation & Expansion Campaign


Building a One-of-a-Kind Facility Unlike Any in the Country
The dream and vision for Alaqua Animal Refuge has always been to grow the shelter and expand its scope of animal welfare services to the community and beyond. The Refuge’s new 100-acre property (all donated land) is located along State Highway 20 near the intersection of J.W. Hollington Road, east of Freeport, Florida. It is the perfect backdrop for what will become a one-of-a-kind animal facility and sanctuary, and the first of its kind anywhere in the United States.

The Vision
From the very beginning, Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood wanted a place that would be different than traditional animal shelters. She wanted a place where happy animals would be surrounded by a pristine environment, making it peaceful to adopt and volunteer. She wanted a place where animals of all sizes, shapes and kinds could heal and be provided shelter, safety and a second chance of life.

Over the last ten years, Alaqua has grown at an incredible rate, first serving 38 animals and now more than 15,000. This move will enable us to be positioned to further increase our services and outreach programs in our community and beyond, not only for the animals but for the people living here.

Highlights of the New Development
•  An environment reminiscent of a close-knit community or small town
•  An expanded adoption center with a home-like environment
•  New animal and educational exhibits
•  An advanced medical facilities
•  Multiple pastures for horses and other animals + walking paths and trails
•  State-of-the-art horse arena where events of all kinds can take place
•  On-site restaurant and garden-like seating area
•  Chapel surrounded by woods for grieving families to have a place to hold
memorial services for their pets

A Sanctuary for Animals, Residents, and Visitors Alike

Onsite activities will entail weekend seminars on horse care or canine obedience; assisting local law enforcement with education and hands on examples of cruelty cases that will enable them to process their cases more effectively; and the expansion of Alaqua’s current programs such as their Equine Interactions Program and children’s educational programs to teach them to respect life in all forms. In addition, rustic cottages have been included as part of the overall design to provide a space for interns from veterinary schools to learn new skills, or for future sanctuary founders to experience what Alaqua has to offer. Alaqua’s ultimate goal is to become a destination for animal welfare advocates throughout the country and a model for the future of animal refuges.

Get Involved!
If you would like additional information about naming and sponsorship opportunities, or other ways you or you company can help, contact us at We could not do this important work everyday, including completing our relocation and expansion without the help of our community.

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