FREEPORT — Earlier this week, Alaqua Animal Refuge had to evacuate all its animals to various volunteers and foster homes. Now that the danger has passed, the staff is putting their energy into relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
They are collecting supplies that will be dispersed to the hard-hit areas. The items needed most are bottled water, dog and cat food, litter, linens, and cleaning products such as bleach, soap and topical cleaners. Dog and cat crates are also needed to carry animals out of the affected areas safely.
Starting Saturday, you can drop off your donations at Alaqua at 914 Whitfield Road in Freeport.
A donation site has been established to help raise funds that will be used to rescue and house animals, as well as provide emergency funding for the affected areas. To donate, visit www.alaqua.org/michael.
The refuge is also prepared to take in animals affected by the storm, including horses and farm animals. Alaqua's medical team, along with other veterinarians, are on stand-by to help and provide medical treatment to injured animals as necessary.
If you know of any abandoned or injured animals, report it to Alaqua by calling 850-880-6694 or by emailing LHood@alaqua.org.
Reports need to be in the following format:
Best number to contact you
Exact location of animals and quantity
Additional details such as if they are injured, constrained, abandoned, or running loose (describe situation as best you can)
Please do not attempt to go into the affected areas to search for animals. Alaqua is ready to help and can coordinate with the proper agencies to provide assistance.