30A Stickers Raise Record Amount for Alaqua Animal Refuge

Laurie Hood founded Alaqua Animal Refuge in 2007.

So far, the 30A Company has given away over 1.2 million of its famous round blue 30A stickers. While 30A gives them away for free in local businesses, donation boxes have been set up in many locations to encourage donations to Alaqua Animal Refuge, Walton County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Since the partnership began, 30A sticker donation boxes have raised over $194,000 in donations for Alaqua Animal Refuge, with a record-setting $42,000 being raised in the last year alone.

The refuge is located on 10 acres of farmland in Freeport, just across the Choctawhatchee Bay from South Walton. Alaqua adopts as many as 100 animals every month, and the refuge is home to as many as 250 animals at any given time. It costs $80,000 every month to keep the shelter running, which is dependent on private donations to survive.

“This money helps us provide food, medical care and rehabilitation for the hundreds of homeless, abused and neglected animals that cross through our gates,” said Laurie Hood, Alaqua’s founder.

Hood said the impact from the 30A sticker program continues to grow, which is good because Alaqua’s staff is preparing to move to a much larger, 100-acre facility nearby, which will allow them to provide care for even more animals.

Photo: Alaqua Animal Refuge

“Support from the 30A sticker program has been truly remarkable this year,” said Hood. “Since The 30A Company opened four retail locations in the area, donations have really gone up. Every time we go to visit the 30A stores, the collection boxes are always full.”

In fact, Alaqua donation boxes in 30A’s four retail stores raised $9,760 in the past year.

“Our team is so proud to help support Laurie’s vision of providing a true sanctuary for lost and distressed animals,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale. “30A fans have been so generous, and we hope they know how much their donations will impact and improve the lives of animals in need.”

Any local business that would like to have an Alaqua Animal Refuge 30A Sticker donation box is asked to please call Alaqua at 850-880-6399.

For more information about Alaqua Animal Refuge, visit alaqua.org.

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