Alaqua Animal Refuge Reopens to the Public This Friday Alaqua Animal Refuge has announced it will reopen its doors to the public beginning this Friday, October 30 from 12 to 5 pm. For the near future, the Refuge will only be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each week from 12 to 5 pm. Alaqua had been closed for visitation since late March due to COVID-19 precautions and county regulations. Due to damage sustained by Hurricane Sally, Alaqua’s facilities are not at full operating capacity. However, the 10-acre Refuge felt it was important to open a few days a week for visitors while they continue to make plans to move into their future home as soon as possible. Masks are required within 6 feet of others and social distancing is encouraged. Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood said, “It’s been a long seven months. But we thought we could open a few days a week so the public could once again come visit. Just by being in the presence of these animals can help calm our minds and heal our souls in this challenging world we are all living in. We wanted to help provide for that while we continue with our plans to move.” If you are interested in making a donation for their new animal enclosures and fencing to help advance their move, please visit our website here: https://bit.ly/alaqua-move 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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