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Alaqua Waives Adoption Fees for the Holidays

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A short-term program to find homes for dogs and cats during the holidays has been announced by Laurie Hood, president and founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge.


With more animals at Alaqua now than at any time in its 11-year history, the program is designed to clear the shelter by January 1, 2019, to make room for hundreds of animals waiting to come in, mostly displaced by the hurricane two months ago. As an incentive, the refuge is waiving its usual fee to adopt a dog or cat over six months old and accepting a donation in any amount.


“Everyone wins with this program,” said Ms. Hood. “People enjoy the companionship of a pet, the animals are able to begin a new life, and we’re able to take in more animals that desperately need sheltering.


“Most people don’t realize the utter devastation in our area for both animals and people. There are thousands of animals still displaced, and the shelters are full. This program allows us to find loving homes for animals in our care, while making room for so many more in need.”


Dogs and cats over six months old may be adopted for a donation of any amount. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Adoption criteria and application forms may be found at


Fees for puppies and kittens under six months old continue in place.


“We invite people to come to Alaqua and find their perfect pet,” said Ms. Hood. “From lap dogs and sweet cats to active dogs ready for anything at a moment’s notice, we have animals of all sizes and personalities including purebreds.”

– Mary Chris Murry
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