Alaqua Animal Refuge and 30A.com recently announced that their “30A Sticker Donation Box” partnership has raised $95,934 for the local charity since inception and $35,147 in the past 12 months alone.
Although 30A.com gives away its famous round Gulf-blue decals for free in local businesses, donation boxes have been set-up in many locations to encourage contributions to Walton County’s premiere “no-kill” shelter. The 30A stickers are sponsored by Dune Allen Realty Vacation Rentals.
“The donation boxes have kept us very busy this summer,” said Linda Draper, an Alaqua volunteer who manages the donation box program. “The tourists and the locals have been very generous.”
As many as 100 animals are adopted every month at Alaqua, and it’s home to as many as 250 animals at any given time. It costs $60,000 per month to run the refuge.
“With $35,000, we can provide food, medical care, and rehabilitation to the hundreds of animals that cross through our gates,” said Laurie Hood, Alaqua Animal Refuge’s president and founder. “Our no-kill shelter and adoption center is entirely dependent on donations, and every dollar generated through the program helps us save the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals."
30A.com’s Mike Ragsdale said that the company has given away more than 740,000 of its stickers so far.
“We are so proud to learn how much money has been raised,” said Ragsdale. “It’s really a perfect partnership: Fans get a memento of their time here on 30A, Alaqua Animal Refuge receives the donations, and thousands of animals are provided an opportunity to live happy and healthy lives.”
Any local business that would like to have an Alaqua Animal Refuge/30A Sticker donation box is asked to call Alaqua at 850-880-6399.