Alaqua Animal Refuge to be Featured on  Hallmark Channel’s Tails of Joy 2 Debuting August 31 

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Alaqua Animal Refuge to be Featured on  Hallmark Channel’s Tails of Joy 2 Debuting August 31  Alaqua Animal Refuge will be featured on “Tails of Joy 2,” premiering Monday, August 31 on the Hallmark Channel at 10 am Central / 11 am Eastern. “Tails of Joy 2” follows the incredible journey of shelter animals in desperate need of a second chance. The all new original special begins in rural Opelousas, Louisiana, where St. Landry’s Parish Animal Shelter takes in more than 5,000 abandoned dogs and cats each year. Hallmark Channel and Bissell Pet Foundation joined forces with animal rescue organizations from Florida, California, and Michigan to clear the shelter of over 200 animals that were facing euthanasia. Through the tireless efforts of staff, fosters, and volunteers of all ages, the show takes you on the journey of each animal slowly beginning to flourish with the goal of placing them in loving forever homes. Kristi Foley, producer for Hallmark Channel’s “Tails of Joy 2” stated, “We wanted to help animals in areas of the country where the shelters are filled to capacity, and bring them to areas where people are looking to adopt or foster. There were so many amazing animals, and we follow their stories from the shelter to their forever homes. In times like these, our pets can be such a comfort, and we hope this special will inspire everyone to adopt their next pet.” Hosted by Larissa Wohl, featuring Cathy Bissell of Bissell Pet Foundation, “Tails of Joy 2” features rescue efforts from Alaqua Animal Refuge in Florida, Paw Works in California, Detroit Dog Rescue, Harbor Humane Society, Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue, Humane Society of West Michigan, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, SPCA of Southwest Michigan, and The Muskegon Humane Society & Animal Rescue in Michigan. “It was a such a pleasure to work with the Hallmark Channel and Bissell Pet Foundation,” said Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood. “It was a massive rescue and transport effort that took a lot of agencies dedicated to giving animals a better life. I think viewers will enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of an animal shelter, from the actual rescue to transportation to rehabilitation to placing an animal in their new home. I’m excited to watch it myself!” Through “Tails of Joy,” the Hallmark Channel is hoping to bring about more awareness of animal rescue, transportation, and adoption. The show offers a powerful message of hope, encouraging everyone to adopt their next furry family member.     About Alaqua Animal Refuge Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary, located in the panhandle of Florida. As the Southeast’s premier no-kill 501(c)3 refuge and sanctuary, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Committed to providing protection, shelter and care to animals in need, this private, non-profit Refuge also offers a full-service adoption center, educational outreach, and community programs that extend far beyond their geographic location. Since its inception in 2007, Alaqua has become a recognized leader in animal rescue, welfare, cruelty prevention, and advocacy. Alaqua is currently in the midst of a relocation and expansion capital campaign to build a one-of-a-kind facility—the first in the United States—on 100 donated acres. The new facility and sanctuary will allow Alaqua to continue all of the important work that is done now, as well as be an educational and training center to empower others to help animals and recreate the model worldwide. To learn more, visit www.Alaqua.org 

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