The saga of Jake — another Alaqua success story

Jake the Lab and his new family.

Jake the Lab has a new family to love.

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

Alaqua Animal Refuge takes in approximately 500 dogs per year — small ones, large ones, short haired, shaggy, young, and sometimes rejected old ones.

There are so many homeless animals that the decision process is a difficult one, said Alaqua founder Laurie Hood.

Alaqua is a no-kill shelter, and volunteers at other shelters around the region send Hood pictures all the time of dogs that touch their hearts.

Hood received such a picture last week.

An older black Lab had been found wandering the streets of Panama City. Bay County animal control caught him and took him in. He had no chip, but his owners were found. Bay County called the owners, who told workers the dog's name, and how old he was. Jake was 15, they said, and they had had him since he was a pup. However, for unexplained reasons, Jake's owners no longer wanted him, and had set him loose on the streets.

When Bay County emailed Hood last Friday with the information they had found out on Jake's circumstances, and to tell her his time was up at their shelter, Hood felt compelled to act.

She went to Facebook and posted: "Is there anyone who can transport a lab from Bay County (Panama City) Animal Control to Alaqua tomorrow? This FIFTEEN year old lab was found as a stray, and when his owners were finally located, they said that they did not want him anymore.... after FIFTEEN years of owning him. I can’t stand it — he will be euthanized if no one takes him A.S.A.P. Let me know if you can help."

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