Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle at Category 4 strenth. The Alaqua Animal Refuge, about 70 miles from the coast, has launched a program to extend relief to animals and their owners in the hard- hit area.
The refuge’s structures and the 350 animals it houses came through the storm fine, with only minimal property damage, so is now offering help.
“We’re blessed, so we’re turning our focus to help others,” president and founder Laurie Hood said. “Losing a pet during this time adds more strain to people who are already over-stressed and have little or no resources.”
Alaqua is offering to help search for lost, abandoned and injured animals in addition to temporary refuge for pets, displaced horses and farm animals. The facility’s veterinary staff members are on stand-by to provide medical treatment.
“We take the animals out, provide medical treatment and keep them safe, with the goal to eventually reunite them with their owners,” Hood said. “We work with appropriate agencies, manage the process in an organized manner, and know how to handle frightened and injured animals.”
Florida Panhandle pet or farm-animal owners can reach out by calling 850-880-6694 (leave a message) or by emailing LHood@alaqua.org. For full details see alaqua.org/michael.
The photos and video clips above were provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the Atlanta Humane Society.