Rosemary Beach Foundation donates $27,500 to Alaqua Animal Refuge. The funds will be matched as part of Alaqua’s Relocation Campaign to a value of $55,000. Jim Fowler zoologist and former host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, is assisting with the concept and design for their permanent home on 85 acres of land in Freeport, Florida. The new, improved facility will continue our important rescue and rehabilitation work, but will also focus on animal welfare education and training opportunities.
Alaqua Animal Refuge has become a place where dreams come true for animals, as well as the people who are so dedicated to it’s mission. It is a place of healing, where broken hearts mend and damaged souls find solitude. It is a place where school children come out and know the name of every animal, and leave wanting to be their voice. It has been called by many “heaven on earth” for the creatures who pass through these gates.
Laurie Hood, Founder/President of Alaqua, says “I can see so clearly Project ARC
in it’s completed stage – a space that will allow us to inspire even more people to make a difference. Guests enter a magical land of animals and wander through exhibits and interactive enclosures of beings that they may have never been able to touch or know before. Animals that are up for adoption are featured in home-like environments so adopters can easily picture them with their own families. Students of all kinds come out for weekend seminars on horse care or canine obedience, and local law enforcement benefit from hands on examples that will enable them to process their cases more effectively. Grieving families have a place to hold a memorial service for their pet in a chapel surrounded by woods. Rustic cabins provide a space for interns from veterinary schools to learn new skills, or for future sanctuary founders to experience what we have to offer. It will become a destination for animal welfare advocates throughout the country and a model for the future of animal refuges.” www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.org