Shelter. Safety. Second Chances...

Learn about our story and future journey.

Adopt an Animal

Learn how to adopt an Alaqua animal.

Difference Makers Video Podcast

Watch Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood interview animal advocates around the world.

Ways to Help

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

Daily Operating Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are interested in adopting an animal, please review our Adoption Guidelines.

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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Difference Makers Podcast

Laurie Hood’s “Difference Makers” Video Podcast Series spotlights amazing individuals who have dedicated themselves to animal protection and safety. By interviewing these “difference makers” and sharing their stories and videos of their work, we hope to rally all animal lovers to create much needed and lasting change.

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Wildlife Rehab Center

The Alaqua Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a state and federally permitted facility, providing a much-needed resource for rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native Florida wildlife—giving second chances to wildlife in need so they may be re-released into their natural habitat.

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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.

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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