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Alaqua Animal Refuge, Freeport

#8 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Panhandle
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Alaqua Animal Refuge is the premier, no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary located in Freeport, Florida, just minutes from the beautiful emerald coast beaches in Northwest Florida. Located down a winding gravel road on a picturesque 10-acre farm, Alaqua provides refuge and sanctuary to once homeless, lost, and abused animals that are now able to run and play in sun-soaked pastures; swim in cool, clean pools; relax on breezy screened porches; and graze in lush, green fields.

A member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance.

This private, non-profit animal sanctuary is committed to serving the Emerald Coast as: the premier no-kill refuge, providing protection, shelter and care to animals in need; a full-service animal adoption center; and a peaceful, proactive animal welfare advocate through educational outreach and community programs. Since its inception in 2007 Alaqua has grown to become a recognized leader in animal welfare and animal cruelty prevention.

Alaqua is open year-round for tours of our refuge and sanctuary, except on major holidays. At any given time, we have over 350 animals on our property, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, cows, bunnies, ducks and even emus! Individuals, families, and groups are all welcome to visit and learn what makes Alaqua such a special place—for animals and people. There is always plenty to see at Alaqua!
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  • So, you are spending time on the Florida panhandle and want a break from tour beachtime. Take a drive inland, visit and support this animal shelter. The place opens at noon and closes at 5pm...  more »
  • Wonderful place. They do a wonderful job with the animals. They really care about the animals. Everyone is nice there. Can’t wait till they get to the new location.  more »
  • Thanks Alaqua! Wonderful staff and very friendly, they helped my boyfriend and I adopt our pup from out of town. Our girl came from the Washington county hoarding case and while she’s still skittish, I can see the work that alaqua and it’s volunteers put into her to make her more comfortable with humans. We are so happy with our sweet Whisper! Thanks to Robin, staff and volunteer. 5 paws.
  • We had our first experience with Alaqua yesterday. They paired my daughters up with the sweetest bunnies! They were very detailed in the vetting and adopting process. The facility is beautiful. You can tell they are all there for the right reasons. We will definitely go back to visit and adopt again.

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