Volunteers Give Countless Hours and Share Their Passion for Animals Freeport, FL (April 17, 2018) —It’s National Volunteer Week, and Alaqua is celebrating volunteerism all week long, by honoring the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who spend endless hours giving of their time, talents, and love to all of the animals who call Alaqua home. While Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood may be the heart behind the Refuge, the volunteers are unmistakably its soul. With the largest volunteer base on the Emerald Coast of Florida, Alaqua simply cannot function or survive without the volunteers that give their time seven days a week and the incredible support of the community. Alaqua has over 250 active volunteers amongst its power house of 712 volunteers. These volunteers contribute over 24,000 hours annually, in support of Alaqua’s mission, equaling 12 full-time staff. “Our volunteers are simply incredible. They embody what it means to serve others and give with their hearts and share their passion. In rain, wind, sun, and southern heat, these volunteers never waiver in their service and dedication to Alaqua, and I am so humbled by their gifts,” said Hood. Desmond Tutu once stated, “Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” And Hood agrees. “The impact that our volunteers have on our organization is immense. The power of their numbers and the love for our animals is just heart-warming.” Alaqua’s volunteers are involved in a great number of activities at the Refuge that makes a difference every single day. From answering the phone in the office, to giving guided tours, to walking dogs, to feeding and assisting in our cat cabins, to caring for and fostering special needs animals, these men, women and children are an important key to Alaqua’s success — today, this week, and every day of the year. For anyone with a passion for animals and animal welfare, volunteering with Alaqua is truly a rewarding experience. For many volunteers, Alaqua has provided a platform for building new friendships, as well helping the organization make a huge difference in the lives of many, many animals. National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved. Alaqua is always looking for volunteers to join their amazing family. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit www.Alaqua.org. Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary, located in the panhandle of Florida. A member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Committed to providing protection, shelter and care to animals in need, this private, non-profit Refuge also offers a full-service adoption center, educational outreach, and community programs that extend far beyond their geographic location. Since its inception in 2007, Alaqua has become a recognized leader in animal rescue, welfare, cruelty prevention, and advocacy. Alaqua is currently in the midst of a relocation and expansion capital campaign to build a one-of-a-kind facility—the first in the United States—on 100 donated acres. The new facility and sanctuary will allow Alaqua to continue all of the important work that is done now, as well as be an educational and training center to empower others to help animals and recreate the model worldwide. With more than $100,000 a month in operating costs, Alaqua is entirely dependent on private donations. To learn more about the Refuge, visit www.Alaqua.org.