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Alaqua Animal Refuge


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Brilliant, beautiful refuge for animals. Great adoption rate and very serene for animals. Please look up website for address / phone as I do not have it on me - Volunteer that I am.

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About Us

Alaqua Animal Refuge, an independent, non-profit organization located on Florida's Emerald Coast, advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption services. Located down a winding gravel road on a picturesque, 10-acre farm in Freeport, Fla., once homeless, lost and abused animals run and play in sun-soaked pastures, swim in cool, clean ponds, relax on breezy screened porches and graze in lush, green fields. These animals - and many like them, usually more than 250 at any given time - have found safety and care at Alaqua Animal Refuge Inc., a unique full-service, no-kill shelter.

Alaqua Animal Refuge's facility expanded in 2009 to provide additional animal housing. Funded by grants, improvements were made to an existing barn, a new barn was added in addition to two new quarantine buildings, two new infirmary buildings, six dog buildings and two cat buildings.

Moving forward, Alaqua Animal Refuge is positioned expand its services to include additional educational and community services through significant and innovative outreach programs.

As we grow and develop our facility and operations, we will adhere to our guiding purpose: To give neglected, lost and abandoned animals a chance at life.
Feral Cat TNR Program
4
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
5
Rescue Groups
0
Foster Care
0
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
4
Pet Retention
1
Medical and Behavior Programs
0
Public Relations/Community Involvement
0
Volunteers
3
Proactive Redemptions
1
A Compassionate Director
1
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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My name is Deb Adames I have two beautiful black labs female getting ready to have puppies & a Chocolaamale I rescued then I have to have knee surgery done so I can't take care of them I have pictures on Facebook
posted by KatHalfbreed, on 2016-12-25 19:29:54
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I have 2 cats that are inside cats. i was keeping them as long as i can. i have 2 dogs and 2 parrots and i can no longer can continue caring for these cats. the owner was told i could only care for her cats til this date. she has no where to keep them since she moved. i have my own pets and i can no longer buy cat liter or food. i am hoping this would be a nice place for them to go. i do not want them put to sleep, but at this point i am running out of ideas. please help these poor cats. Thank you.
posted by SabrinaNaumanuf, on 2016-07-11 15:55:43
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Hi my name is shirley and i have a large dog ..he is a jermane shepard mix with chow ..he is about five years old..i rescued him from a person who was moving ..turns out he had been badley abused..he seems freindley with women but has minor issues around males..he also does not get along with some animals..not all but some..can you please help me find him a safe and caring home..
posted by ShirleyJacobs, on 2014-06-13 20:16:15