With more animals at Alaqua Animal Refuge now than at any time in its 11-year history, the non-profit has decided to waive its adoption fees for qualified pets throughout the rest of 2018.

The holiday program is designed to clear the shelter by the new year in order to  to make room for hundreds of animals waiting to come in, mostly displaced by the hurricane two months ago.

As an incentive, the refuge is waiving its usual fee to adopt a dog or cat over 6 months old and accepting a donation in any amount.

“Everyone wins with this program,” said Laurie. Hood, founder of Alaqua. “People enjoy the companionship of a pet, the animals are able to begin a new life, and we’re able to take in more animals that desperately need sheltering. Most people don’t realize the utter devastation in our area for both animals and people. There are thousands of animals still displaced, and the shelters are full. This program allows us to find loving homes for animals in our care, while making room for so many more in need.”

Dogs and cats over six months old may be adopted for a donation of any amount. All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Adoption criteria and application forms may be found online at https://www.alaqua.org/adopt/guidelines.

Fees for puppies and kittens under 6 months old continue in place.

“We invite people to come to Alaqua and find their perfect pet,” said Hood. “From lap dogs and sweet cats to active dogs ready for anything at a moment’s notice, we have animals of all sizes and personalities including purebreds.”