Alaqua Animal Refuge was founded in 2007 by Walton County, Florida resident Laurie Hood when she discovered that countless animals were being euthanized due to the lack of a no-kill shelter / adoption organization in the area. Animals were being picked up and brought to a facility out of the county that was not open to the public, where they were held for a week, and 100% of them were euthanized if not claimed. This situation was not acceptable for any animal and was not acceptable in our community, and Alaqua Animal Refuge was established. Located down a winding gravel road on a picturesque, 10-acre farm in Freeport, Florida, the Refuge provides sanctuary to once homeless, lost, and abused animals that are now able to run and play in sun soaked pastures; swim in cool, clean ponds; relax on breezy screened porches; and graze in lush, green fields. The Refuge is situated about 20 minutes north of Florida’s Emerald Coast in the Panhandle, home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches where sugary white sand meets emerald green waters. A member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Alaqua Animal Refuge advocates daily for the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, adoption services, and lobbying on local and national levels for animal welfare.