Eagle Scout Troop Constructs New Benches for Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park

December 10, 2012 by SoWal Staff

Alaqua Animal Refuge recently received 5 new wooden benches constructed and donated by area Eagle Scout Troop 562. The benches were created as a community project and will enhance the environment at Alaqua’s Unleashed Dog Park.

Located in South Walton County on J.D. Miller Road, Alaqua Unleashed offers a great place for dogs to run, play and enjoy some fun in the Florida sun, year round. The park, which opened in the spring of 2011, currently offers agility and obedience training classes. Future plans include a landscaped and sheltered seating area, sections for large, small and senior/handicapped dogs, restrooms, a hiking area and a water feature. Long-term plans also call for the park to include a concert area and more for community events in the future.

“We are so grateful that Troop 562 chose Alaqua’s Unleashed Dog Park as the recipient of these beautiful wooden benches,” says Laurie Hood, Alaqua Owner and Founder. “They will be a beautiful addition to the park.”

Alaqua Unleashed is supported through memberships, sponsorships and donations. To become a sponsor, visit for more information on being part of this exciting canine-community park or call (850) 880-6399.
Alaqua Animal Refuge has helped find homes for more than 8,000 animals to-date, with up to 100 animals being adopted every month; and serves as a refuge to as many as 250 animals at any given time. For more information about Alaqua Animal Refuge, Alaqua’s Unleashed Dog Park, to apply for an adoption, or donate to the organization; please visit or call 850.880.6399. Also, find us on Facebook/Alaqua Animal Refuge.
About Alaqua Animal Refuge
Alaqua Animal Refuge, a nonprofit organization located in Northwest Florida, advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption services. Located on 10 acres in the city of Freeport, the refuge was formed by resident and animal activist, Laurie Hood, in 2007 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 more than 8,000 animals. Currently, up to 100 animals are adopted per month from this unique rescue facility, which serves as a true refuge for more than 250 animals at any given time. For more information on Alaqua Animal Refuge, go to or call 850-880-6399.  


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