Alaqua Animal Refuge

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 April 11, 2018 Alaqua Receives $1 Million Donation
Northwest Florida Daily News, Ft. Walton Beach, FL
 April 11, 2018 Alaqua Animal Refuge Gets Million Dollar Donation
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City, FL
 April 10, 2018 Great Pyrenees’ Road To Recovery
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City, FL
 April 5, 2018 Animal PD Features Local Animal Refuge and Walton County Sheriff’s Office
WTVY – Channel 4, Dothan, AL
 April 4, 2018 National Geographic Show Features Alaqua Animal Refuge
WEAR – Channel 3, Pensacola, FL
 April 4, 2018 Animal PD Features Local Animal Refuge and Walton County Sheriff’s Office
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City, FL
 March 23, 2018 Cows Scatter on I-10 After Semi Overturns
Northwest Florida Daily News, Ft. Walton Beach, FL
 March 23, 2018 Dozens of Cows Killed in I-10 Crash
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 March 23, 2018 I-10 Cattle Truck Crash: Driver Severely Injured, 32 Cows Dead
WEAR – Channel 3, Pensacola, FL
 February 20, 2018 Hunks and Hounds Take Over Alaqua
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 January 2, 2018 Rare Breed Finds Temporary Shelter at Alaqua
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 October 26, 2017 A Preview of Alaqua Animal Refuge’s New Home
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 September 7, 2017 Alaqua Animal Refuge Evacuates More Than 300 Animals
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 September 7, 2017 Taking No Chances: Alaqua Evacuates Large Farm Animals Ahead of Irma
Northwest Florida Daily News, Ft. Walton Beach, FL
 September 6, 2017 Alaqua Animal Refuge Prepares to Evacuate
WMBB – Channel 13, Panama City Beach, FL
 August 21, 2017 Animal Shelter Rescues 20 Dogs, 15 Cats from Gulf Breeze Home
The Pensacola News Journal – Pensacola, FL
 August 18, 2017 Rescue Groups Save Border Collies From Hoarding Case
The Destin Log, Destin, FL
 August 9, 2017 Great Pyrenees Dogs Thriving After Being Rescued 
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
 July 6, 2017 87 Dogs, Cats Rescued in Florida Hoarding Case
The Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, FL
 June 30, 2017 Rare Breed Rescue Leads to Overload at Local Shelter
WEAR – Channel 3, Pensacola, FL
 June 29, 2017 68 Dogs, 19 Cats Rescued After Former Breeder Passes Away
WEAR – Channel 3, Pensacola, FL
 June 28, 2017 72 Great Pyrenees Dogs Rescued in Vernon Hoarding Case
Northwest Florida Daily News
 June 27, 2017 Alaqua Takes on Mass Rescue
WTVY – Channel 4, Dothan, AL
 June 22, 2017 Great Pyrenees Rescue Mission Underway
WMBB – Channel 13, Panama City Beach, FL

June 21, 2017
Alaqua Animal Refuge Rescues Over 70 Dogs
WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL

June 20, 2017
Alaqua to Help Rescue 50-80 Great Pyrenees Dogs
Northwest Florida Daily News
May 23, 2017
Alaqua Animal Refuge Founder Looks Toward Future
Northwest Florida Daily News

May 11, 2017
Alaqua Animal Refuge Gets Final Approval
The DeFuniak Herald
May 10, 2017 Alaqua Animal Refuge Expansion
WMBB – Channel 13, Panama City Beach, FL
March 27, 2017 Alaqua, Save Underdogs Rescues 50 Daschshunds from Hoarding Case
Northwest Florida Daily News
Oct 14, 2016 WFLA – Channel 8, Tampa, FL
Oct 13, 2016 WPTV – Channel 5, West Palm Beach, FL
Great+Danes+for+adoptionOct 12, 2016 WJHG – Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL
poster-0(1)Oct 11, 2016 Northwest Florida Daily News, Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Sept 16, 2016 Alaqua Animal Refuge Unveils Impressive Plans
Sept 13, 2016 The Refuge will go from 8 acres to 100 acres
Aug 25Aug 25, 2016 Alaqua takes in animal flooding victims
Aug 24Aug 24, 2016 Taking refuge at Alaqua animal refuge
Aug 22Aug 22, 2016 Alaqua provides assistance for animals affected by 2016 Louisiana flood

May 17, 2016
Local animal shelter saves calves from the dinner table

May 8, 2016
Convicts and Canines: nine dogs graduate, two seek homes (VIDEOS).
April 15, 2016
Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood received quite an honor last week when Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, paid a visit to her and the refuge.
Laurie Hood
Mar 24, 2016
While some women have been a part of Walton County’s history for decades, Women’s History Month could not be given a proper nod without acknowledging one woman who is currently making history in the county.
Mar 8, 2016
VIDEO: Inmates from Walton Correctional Institution train dogs from Alaqua Animal Refuge to help make them more adoptable.
Mar 4, 2016
Pets (and the People Who Love Them) Declare the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard to Be the Cat’s Meow
Feb 17, 2016
Dog named Barely gets another chance at life
Feb 11, 2016
Emaciated Dog Recovering at Alaqua
A stray dog is recovering after its frail body was found by an Alaqua Animal Refuge employee stuck near a ditch on a rural roadway in DeFuniak Springs.
Tenzel and pup
Dec 17, 2015
Tenzel Needs an Angel
Tenzel, a young, tri-colored Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, took her place as one of the top 10 most emaciated animals that we have ever seen.
Nov 11, 2015
Local No-Kill Shelter Over Flowing with Puppies
Alaqua Animal Refuge is typically bustling with animals. But after taking in 48 puppies last week, the shelter has exceeded its capacity.
Oct 7, 2015
Upcoming Events and Entertainment (beginning Oct. 16)
Beer Fest: The Eighth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival takes place from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 with Beer Bingo and 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 17 with a VIP event and 2-6 p.m. craft tasting.
2015 - 06-25June 28, 2015 Swim Dog 30A and Alaqua Help Dogs Through Swim Therapy
A spunky, 3-year-old terrier beagle mix, Safari was brought to the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Walton County back in March 2015.
2015 - 8-12Aug 12, 2015 Pet of the Day
Charity sent in this photo of her cat, Tigger.
2015 - 7-2July 2, 2015 Easy on 30A Benefit Concert
Sponsored by the Light House Family Retreat and Alaqua Animal Refuge, as well as the Homeowners Association.
2015 - 5-20May 20, 2015 Dogs Saved From Freeport, FL Dog Fighting Ring
Dogs Saved From Freeport, FL Dog Fighting Ring … Office, Walton County Animal Shelter, Alaqua Animal Refuge and PetSmart Charities.
2015 - 5-8May 8, 2015 Alaqua Helps Manny to Walk Again with Prosthetic Leg
It’s taken almost a month, but Manny, a 4-year-old large shepherd mix is finally able to walk with his new prosthetic leg.
2015 - 3-11March 11, 2015 Why I Foster: The Story of Shmoopy the Puppy
The Story of Shmoopy the Puppy Who Was Sold for Cigarettes
2015 - 3-1March 1, 2015 Building Better Lives: Cat Chow Contest
Cat Chow will give the animal shelter volunteer with the best rescue story $25,000 to give their facility a makeover as part of their “Building Better Lives” contest.
2015 - 2-11Feb 11, 2015 Grey2K USA Visits Freeport
The welfare group Grey2K USA visited Freeport Wednesday night for its first Florida meeting.
2015 -1-5January 5, 2015 Approximately 40 Dogs Seized Following Attack in Defuniak
Monday, the animals wagging tale not saying what her eyes will — the truth … are two mothers and their litters who were taken in by Alaqua Animal Refuge.
2014 - 9-28Nov 28, 2014 Una familia comparte el momento en el que su nuevo cachorro …
La familia decidió adoptar un perro del refugio “Alaqua Animal Refuge”, ubicado en Freeport (Florida). A primera hora de la mañana el padre comenzó a grabar..
2014 - 9.20Sep 20, 2014 Alaqua Animal Refuge Holds Puppy Palooza
The Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal shelter located in Freeport, where they’re known for animal welfare and cruelty prevention.
Sept 14, 2014 Artists lend support to Albany Humane Society
…the Artists for Animals fundraiser at the Albany Museum of Art to benefit … in South Walton County, Fla., to benefit the Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Puppy Palooza
September 4, 2014
Alaqua Holds Puppy Palooze
April 22, 2014 Pino Gelato Opens Three Corporate Stores in Destin, FL.
An upcoming community event announcing Pino Gelato support of Alaqua Animal Refuge on April 25th, 2014 at Pino Gelato at The Village
Feb 1, 2014 A Very Busy Day For A Group of Veterinarians and Staff in Chipley
The average dog gives birth to 4-to-6 puppies per litter. … Dr. Anderson sent Jade and her 14-pups to the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport.
2013 - 11-27Nov 27, 2013 Walton County Fights Animal Cruelty Crisis
Investigator Breezy Adkinson mans the one person animal cruelty team for the… They were turned over to the Alaqua Animal Refuge, nearly…
Sept 27, 2013 Animal Cruelty Cases Lead to Full Shelters in Walton County
“You never know how many animals you are going to end up with,” said Lori Hood, Founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport.
2013 - 8-19Aug 19, 2013 97 Dogs and 6 Horses Now Calling Refuge Home
On a normal day, the Alaqua Animal Refuge is bustling with rescued animals waiting to be nursed to health and adopted out, but after …
June 5, 2013 Alaqua Animal Refuge Receives Grant
The Alaqua Animal Refuge is home to many different types of animals who’ve either been rescued or seized from poor living conditions.
2012 - 8-11Sept 11, 2012 Up Close: Getting Personal
“I grew up with dogs, and I always had a soft spot for animals,” says Wharton. … goes to animal welfare organizations, such as Alaqua Animal Refuge in Florida.
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