Animal Passion Video Podcast

Watch Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood interview the amazing “difference makers” who are saving lives and changing hearts.

Shelter. Safety. Second Chances...

Learn about our story and future journey.

Adopt an Animal

Learn how to adopt an Alaqua animal.

Ways to Help

We have plenty of ways for you to get involved and help!

Gift Shop

Find the perfect gifts for you, your friends and your pets!

FACILITY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED to the public for visitation. Adoptions are by appointment only.

Please note that our facilities are not at full operating capacity as we transition some of our animal housing structures to our future home, requiring some of our animals to be in foster care. Furthermore, to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors during the recent spike of Covid cases in our area, adoptions will be handled by appointment only, and masks and social distancing are required when entering the property. Thank you for your patience.

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Adopt a Pet

Our unique no-kill refuge has successfully found homes for thousands of once-abused, neglected and homeless animals since opening in 2007. Providing adoption services is not just our job, it is our mission, and matching the perfect pet with loving owners is our passion.

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Visit Us

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. During your visit, you will meet our animals up for adoption, as well as our sanctuary animals.

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Shop for Gifts

Alaqua has the perfect gifts for you, your family and friends, or your pet! Our collection includes clothing, accessories, gifts, and pet items. By purchasing Alaqua merchandise, you are helping us continue our important work of saving lives and providing second chances.

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How to Help

Our caring, compassionate and involved Alaqua Animal Refuge community provides strength, fuels our passion and supports our mission. Please consider becoming part of our community today. Whether you share your time, talents, resources or funds, there are many ways you can help us save the lives of animals in need.

Second Chances Start Here Capital Campaign

Since our founding in 2007, Alaqua’s original belief remains ever true and stronger today: Every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance…of life, hope, happiness, and most of all, love. Find out more about our Capital Campaign to expand our Refuge and Sanctuary from 10 acres to 100-acres of donated land.

Rendering of Alaqua's New Welcome Center
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There are so many ways you can help us help the hundreds of homeless and abused animals that arrive at Alaqua Animal Refuge every year. From monetary gifts to time and talents, we truly appreciate every gift that helps us fulfill our mission.

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verified
Alaqua voted Best in Destin 2017-2020
Alaqua awarded 2017 Perfect in South Walton
Alaqua awarded 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Alaqua awarded 2017 Best of The Emerald Coast
Alaqua awarded 2015 Best of The Emerald Coast