Alaqua Animal Refuge Receives Land Donation of 85-Acres and Matching Grant

October 4, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Alaqua Animal Refuge is a non-profit, no-kill animal refuge located on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Currently, the facility is located on ten acres of farm land, but was recently gifted 85 acres of land for relocation and expansion by local resident M.C. Davis. The new property will continue to focus on providing animals shelter, safety, and second chances, but will also host educational exhibits and a zoological design for tours.

The refuge has been awarded a $500,000 matching grant by the Dugas Family Foundation to kick off this capital campaign and we are seeking sponsors and donors for this project. Additional information will be available soon, but to donate to this fund and double your donation now, please click the link below. For more information, email

The capital campaign grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, every gift we receive through December 31, 2014, up to a total of $500,000. If we can raise the full $500,000, we'll have $1 million to help animals in need and host educational exhibits and tours at our new facility.

$5,000 donation = $10,000 total gift
$2,500 donation = $5,000 total gift
$500 donation = $1,000 total gift

Learn more and make a donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge's capital campaign today!

Alaqua Animal Refuge was founded in 2007 by Walton County, Fla.-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. Since that time, Alaqua Animal Refuge has helped find homes for thousands of animals. Currently, up to 100 animals are adopted per month from this unique shelter and adoption center, which serves as a true refuge for more than 250 animals at any given time.

Moving forward, Alaqua Animal Refuge is positioned to further increase its services to include additional educational and community services through strategic and innovative outreach programs. The refuge will also continue to expand its role as a regional leader in animal-welfare advocacy.

As Alaqua continues to grow and develop its facility and operations, the mission will remain... to give neglected, lost and abandoned animals a chance at life.


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